A completely new kind of e-course

It's time. Time to pick up a pen and write a letter to Nanna. Surprise Facebook friends with a handwritten postcard. Send a thank-you card to your child's school teacher. Leave a loving post-it note for your partner. No matter what your reason for writing, I will help you make it special and beautiful.

Over four weeks, I will guide you through multiple methods of making beautiful mail-art and creative, handmade stationery; teach you the art of writing and storytelling; help you forge personal connections in your letters and find pen-pals if you want them; and share time-management tips so even the busiest people can enjoy sending and receiving letters. I'll also give you exclusive access to original downloadable resources including mail-art envelope templates, stickers or labels, art-stamps, writing prompts, and access to my own private mail-art pen-pal group.

UPDATE 3 June 2019: This course is closed to new enrolments. If you wish to be among the first to hear when it reopens, be sure you are subscribed to my newsletter (click “subscribe to newsletter”) below.

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FORMAT

This is a digitally delivered e-course, structured into four weeks, with one lesson a day. However, the contents are self-paced, so you can move through the lessons as quickly as slowly as you like. You will have a lifetime of access, so there is no need to rush. 

CONTENTS

The purpose of the "Your Beautiful Letter" course is to equip and empower you with real skills and practical resources so that you feel confident writing and making really beautiful letters (in both appearance and sentiment). Of course, these skills transfer to all kinds of other writing and making projects, as well! You will learn and gain… 

* Writing: I will give you inspiration if you don’t know what to say, as well as new writing and storytelling skills so you can say it in the best way possible. There will be writing prompts; lessons on the art of story-telling; and tips for dynamic, engaging writing (which can be applied to writing projects anywhere, not just to letters)

* Mail-art: I will teach you the art of decorating your envelopes to send them through the post. There will be tutorials and projects on painting, collage, stamping, handmade envelopes, wax seals, hand-lettering and more, as well as guidelines for making mail that survives the post, and is acceptable to post offices

* Time: Sometimes the idea of slow-living and the pursuit of genuine connections is easier said than done in our fast-paced lives. I cover time-saving tips (how to avoid lines at the post office!), tutorials and ideas for mail projects that you can do in five minutes or less, a guide to using letter-writing for mindfulness, and an exploration of the cognitive and emotional benefits of writing things by hand

* Connections: Writing a letter is one of the best ways to connect with someone, because it feels so personal: it is a gift of your time, and it is a tangible keepsake bearing your thoughts in pen and ink. Plenty of people will tell you they get better and faster RSVPs to mailed invitations rather than emailed invitations. I’ll help you find the right people to write to (both known and unknown) to forge real connections, make new friendships, and (of course) find beautiful mail in your letterbox, too

* Bonus resources: Alongside the lessons, you’ll receive a bundle of downloadable resources for creative inspiration, such as original mail-art envelope templates, handmade envelope templates of various sizes, downloadable stickers or labels to decorate your mail, downloadable art-stamps painted by me, postcard templates, and helpful lists and prompts to inspire your writing. In addition, you’ll be invited to contribute to the newly-established Your Beautiful Letter Pinterest board to share your creations with other like-minded folks, and join my private mail-art pen-pal club to start receiving lovely letters and little pieces of art in the mail from all over the world