Customized Literary Pen Friends...
It IS possible!!!
It is time for the WINTER Pen Friend Exchange! This is where I personally select a pen friend for you based on your completed application. The application (see the menu bar at the top of this page to access the form) allows me to match you according to your preferences. This is not a perfect system, but I do try my best.
If you have participated in the Pen Friend Exchange before, please be so kind as to send me your application again, it just makes it easier for me.
Directions: 1. Fill out the "application form" (at the top of the page, menu bar) --don't forget to take the "Which Jane Austen Heroine Are You?" quiz which is located in the side bar of this blog. This will help you fill out the application form, question #9. 2.Then copy the completed application and paste it into an email. Send the completed application form to me at : JALWSociety@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is: January 16th, 2016.
I will be monitoring my email box : JALWsociety@gmail.com and begin processing the applications. You might not get a response from me immediately, but I hope to start working on them this week. You will be notified of your pen friend after the January deadline. It usually takes me close to a week to get it all worked out. :-). I do this the old fashioned way...someday I'll have to do a blog post on this process, as I really amaze myself that it all works out so well. Try to be as specific about yourself as possible in the application...this allows me to better match you, but also remember that we all must be flexible too. Many of you want international pen friends, but sometimes I run short of those applicants. If I run into a real problem, I will usually notify you per email.
There are a couple of new questions on the Pen Friend Application Form. I would like to highlight question # 12 : Do you enjoy writing letters, and would you be willing to commit to writing a Pen Friend over the next 4 months? ______________________________
As in any letter writing society, there is an element of commitment involved. I do understand that life events happen. I do understand that we sometimes over commit and then need to pull out of commitments. So, all that being said, I would like for you to understand your commitment before sending in your application. I do not want this to become burdensome to anyone, however, if someone you agree to write, sends you a letter, please be courteous enough to reply. I would also like to be so bold as to say, over the course of 4 months, let's try to send at least 1 letter a month over this Pen Friend exchange. I really do not think that this is too much, do you ? So, if you don't think your schedule will allow you to send at least 1 letter a month, please refrain from joining the society at this point. Your schedule may free up in the future, and we would be more than happy to have you join then. Of course, you may send as MANY letters as you like , I am just trying to establish a minimum, so as not to disappoint our members. After you are matched with your customized Pen Friend, you will receive their email address, at this point it would be good to establish your expectations with your pen friend. If for any reason you run into a life emergency and must withdraw from the Society, please notify your Pen Friend, AND myself as soon as possible. I do keep a waiting list running to help in these situations.
One final note, I want you to know that the Jane Austen Letter Writing Society's mission is to promote thoughtful, meaningful communication through the handwritten letter . Although I promote the elegant aspect of letter writing (I love vintage items connected to letter writing) , it is to by no means eliminate people who do not have access to stationery or other writing implements. The emphasis should always be on the content of the letter. So, if you possess the ability to write a good letter, and love to discuss literary classics (particularly Jane Austen!), you are more than welcome! If you feel like you are a bit rusty with your letter writing skills, still consider joining the society, to help improve your skills!
Any questions? Please leave your comments below or email me directly at JALWSociety@gmail.com.
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I look forward to a new Pen Friend Exchange!