Tuesday, April 1, 2014

National Poetic Card Writing Month

April is National Card and Letter Writing Month! It's also National Poetry Month, which makes April a combination of my two favorite things and essentially the best month of the year.

To start, here are some letter-writing challenges to try your (soon to be cramped) hand at:

I am running a hearty #365daysofletterwriting challenge, broadcast on Facebook and Instagram, as a continuation of Fawnsberg's original #60daysofletterwriting. Today will mark Day 91 of 365, if starting from January 1st, but I happily encourage setting your own partial challenge and joining the community under the #365daysofletterwriting tag, or trying for a year from a start date of your choosing!

Egg Press and Hello!Lucky have teamed up to encourage the art of letter writing with a 30-day challenge entitled (and tagged) #WRITE_ON, beginning today. Hello!Lucky will be hand-selecting Instagram posts featuring that hashtag (#WRITE_ON) throughout the month to feature on their blog, while Egg Press will be sharing letter writing ideas with those who follow their Facebook and Instagram accounts. To get the most out of your month of letter writing, get your beautiful and free letterpressed starter kit here (while supplies last).

As for NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenges:

If you're looking to dabble, NaPoWriMo does a daily poet feature and prompt, among others, and there are several Poetry Month prompt pages to follow on Facebook, including 30 Day Poetry Challenge.

For an epic writing month (pun intended), check out Poetry Foundation and Poets.org for their excellent resources, including social media prompting and fun extras like Poem In Your Pocket Day on April 24th (I'm telling you, this is the best month of the year).

If you're feeling particularly bold and literary, why not combine the two occasions and join me in a (probably very masochistic) Poetic Card Writing Month! 30 days of hand-written cards or letters which include an original poem. For real. Use the hashtag #poeticard on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, to share your poetic prowess and most importantly have fun with it! Even if a full 30 is out of reach, give it the old liberal-arts-college-try and see how far you can get. You can certainly count on some some sleep-deprived pearls of goofdom from yours truly. I will be reposting and sharing my favorites from people throughout the month, and I'll even throw in a FREE Warren Tales card or writing paper set (of their choosing) to my favorite #poeticard at the end of the month!

You can buy lots of lovely and versatile cards for all your non/poetic letter-writing needs over at the Warren Tales shop via the website or Etsy, with lots of new designs going up within the month (keep an eye on our Facebook feed for release updates), and even get 10% off when you shop with the coupon code "LETTERWRITING".

All in all, there's a lot to look forward to this month and I hope you'll join in on the festivities! Please take a moment to share this with your friends so I can entice them with my overzealous charm and get this ballpoint rolling : )

And just to clarify, this is NOT an April Fool's Day joke...I really am this nerdy