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.

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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 access for a full 12 months, 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, stickers or labels to decorate your mail, art-stamps painted by me, postcard templates, and helpful lists and prompts to inspire your writing. In addition, you’ll be invited to 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


What does this course cover?

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… 

* 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 

* 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)

* 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: Complementing the lessons, you’ll receive a bundle of resources for creative inspiration, such as original mail-art envelope templates, handmade envelope templates of various sizes, stickers or labels to decorate your mail, art-stamps painted by me, postcard templates, and helpful lists, such as "101 ways to start a letter” and “101 gifts to send in the mail.” In addition, you’ll be invited to 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 

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Is this a business writing course?

No, this course is about writing personal letters to friends, family and other pen-pals. But I have been teaching and practising business writing (including business letters such as proposals, pitches and mail appeals) for 15 years. So if that’s something you’re wanting to learn about, let me know: if there’s enough demand, I’ll develop some new courses for you! 

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What if I don't have much time?

I know how busy you are. You know how busy I am! If you’re reading this you probably like the idea of writing a lovely, personal letter (and of receiving lovely, personal letters). But if you’re wondering whether or not you have time to connect in this way, you’re probably not alone. Life today is busier than it has ever been! But I think that is all the more reason why it is so special to slow down enough to write something meaningful, and personal, and show the person you’re writing to how much you care. 

In this course I dedicate an entire section to “creativity for busy people,” talking about everything from time-saving tips (how to avoid lines at the post office!), to mindfulness practises, and a series of tutorials and ideas for mail projects that you can complete in five minutes or less.

As for the course itself, while the lessons are distributed over a four-week period, you’ll have access to the content for 12 months, so you can dip in and out any time you like. 

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I'm not a creative person

You are! This is not a course for artists (although artists are welcome!), but for people who want to write letters that are beautiful (whatever “beautiful” means to you), because they care about the people they are writing to. I believe the desire to make something lovely for someone else makes you not only creative, but also kind. Wow I really like you! This course is for YOU. 

On to your concerns… I’ll make it easy, I promise. If you don’t trust yourself at all, you can use my step-by-step tutorials, templates and designs to make your beautiful mail. But I also hope the lessons and projects in this course will give you the confidence to try something new - you might just surprise yourself!

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I don't have anyone to write to

You will by the time you finish this course. I have devoted an entire module to finding not only people to write to, but the right people to write to: the kinds of people who will enjoy and appreciate your letters, who are like-minded, and who will write back! You’ll also have access to my exclusive community of mail-art pen-pals, who will fill your letter-box with thoughtful, decorated letters. 

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My friends are not the type to write back

That’s tough, especially when you put your heart and soul into creating a beautiful letter. But please remember, a letter you send shouldn’t come with an obligation to write back. Send it out with love, and let it be a gift to your friend, rather than a fishing expedition to get letters back. 

That said, of course you want to find friendly, chatty, lovely letters in your letterbox. Who wouldn’t? That’s why I’ve devoted a section of this course to helping connect you with pen-pals (both friends, family and soon-to-be-friend strangers) who want your letters, and who want to write back.  

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But aren't emails and social media more convenient?

Yes. And also no. If you want to get in touch with someone fast, then online is definitely more convenient. If you want to make somebody’s day, snail-mail wins every time.

Thankfully, we live in a world where we don’t have to choose between the two.

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I don't have anything interesting to say in a letter

I very much doubt that, but I DO understand the kind of writer’s block that has you stumbling through clichés and platitudes and “What have you been up to?” questions that leave you feeling unfulfilled and uninspired at the end of a letter.

I’ll give you literally hundreds of ideas and prompts for what to write in your letters, as well as actual writing skills for storytelling and engaging writing. You’ll never be lost for words again. 

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I don't really have the money right now

Don’t worry. I will still continue sending free mail-art resources in my monthly newsletter, as well as regular tips and tricks on my blog, so you won’t go unsupported. You can always revisit this course at a later date if your circumstances change and you still want to take part. 

Here's another idea. Do you have a blog or newsletter? If so, maybe we can help each other! Send me an email if you want to talk about affiliate links. Basically, this would mean that if you genuinely like the sound of this course, you could mention it to the readers of your blog or newsletter. Together we create a unique link (an "affiliate link") so that every time someone clicks through from your blog and signs up for this course, a (decent) percentage of what I make goes directly to you. 

We can chat more about this if you're interested, simply email me at hello@naomiloves.com. Or if you're feeling confident, you can get started right away! Simply use this link to set up an affiliate partnership with me, and start taking a commission from my sales. 

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What sort of support will you offer?

I’ll be here throughout the duration of the course to answer any questions you have along the way. Participants are given a special email address to use, so that I see their emails straight away and can prioritise answering them as quickly as possible.

This course is designed to equip, empower and inspire you, and there are no wrong ways to express your creativity. However, I am happy to advise or support you if you feel stuck. 

There are limited places in this course to ensure that I can give my time to everyone involved. 

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Is there a Facebook group?

I’m afraid not. I quit Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn a few years ago (here's how that feels, and links to why I did it) but don’t worry, I can still look after you.

If it’s access to feedback from me you want, I will give you a special email address or code that is only available to members of this course, so you’ll receive prompt answers to any questions.

And if it’s community you’re looking for, I’m taking it analogue: at the end of the course, you’ll be invited to join my private mail-art pen-pal club to send and receive letters, mail-art and hopefully friendship from people all over the world. 

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Is this course international?

Of course! Once the lessons and resources are released each week, you can do them in your own time and anywhere you like.

Please note however, that this course is written in English, and I am based Australia. What this means, for example, is that while storytelling techniques are the same in every language, some particular peculiarities of English phrasing might not be relevant if you are writing your letters in another language. Likewise when I talk about “mail that can travel through post,” my experience has obviously mostly been sending letters from Australia. That said, I regularly send mail all over the world, so I can still speak quite knowledgeably about the kinds of letters that definitely make it to the USA, Finland, India, and just about anywhere else you care to think of. 

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Still have more questions? 

Send me an email and I’ll get back to you asap. 

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This online course was amazing! First of all it’s very easy to navigate with beautiful pictures and illustrations, whether you are a snail mail “newbie” or an “oldie” you would walk away with so much!

I loved it because it has so much information about everything! -and all this knowledge!! It’s so inspirational! I have followed Naomi's IG feed and her blog for a long time and she has always been so generous with her art and sharing all her tips I felt that this class reflected this as well: it was so affordable and gave me so much for what I paid. Plus every time I had questions she was available to answer them.

I would recommend it to anyone who’s looking to improve or brush up their letter-writing skills it is so beautiful and the subjects range from where to buy stationery to beautiful documentaries, bottom line emphasizes the power of writing a letter in this fast paced world. 

Esméralda


 It was perfect, I really wouldn't change a thing. I learned SO much, took good notes and have a tidy file with all your downloads.

Susan


Oh my goodness Naomi, day one of week one and already I've learned so much. Thank you, thank you... 

...Guess what?????  I've written two, not one but two letters and I've used so much of your course info to do that.

Yesterday I had my annual dentist check up.  My dentist is retiring soon, sob.  On the way home I worked out that I had been seeing him for 30+ years. I'm pretty sure I'm not even that old! So this morning I wrote him a thank you note, inspired by your teachings. In the past I never would have done that, but I felt like I didn't really thank him properly... 

...Just wanted to tell you how much I am loving this course. I've learnt so much, and written a few letters and notes already. Thank you for the in-depth, detailed and practical instructions. 

Cheers,
Kate


Dear Naomi, week 1 of your course is wonderful, thank you! 

I read everything through quickly and am now starting over, watching the youtube clips as I go and practising my cursive writing. It’s really quite energising to dive back into cursive and I’m even feeling inspired to perhaps dabble in calligraphy at some stage too. The ‘art of storytelling’ and ‘stationery love’ have been my favourite two chapters so far, but I loved it all really.

Looking forward to next week now. I just wanted to let you know how enjoyable the course is.

Mel xx


Oh Naomi

I LOVE this!

Sandra X


Hi Naomi

It's really warm in spain (40C) so I am sepnding an afternoon doing nothing but reading the 101 writing prompts. Thank you! They are great and they have given me many interesting ideas:)...

...I just have finished to read the first week lesson and I found it really interesting. After 31 years writing letters I have found many answers in this lessons, so I guess you have also written letters for many years, or you have made a deep study about it.

To be honest, I was affraid that I would not manage because of my English level, however I understand everything so far (I will go deep in all this stuff next month so I shall search for some words and expressions in the dictionary). 

Thank thanks gracias Naomi. I absolutely adore storytelling, questions in letters (haha funny chapter)... well, eveything! Language and tone was also usefull to me (I may use it no matter the language I write, but in English for sure I do no use complicated sentences haha).

No matter where I am, in my daily life I think about letters and new things to use in them. I love letters so much that I even ended being a postwoman and I love my job a lot...

...I have just finished week three in the e-course and I like it a lot.

Last summer there was a summer-camp in the area where I deliver the mail (I deliver in a village but there is also a mountain with some farm houses and a big house where there are summer-camps in summer). So, this summer-camp was for tenagers and they were asked to leave the cellphone in a big box the first day. So they have spent the whole two weeks without cellphone:) however they could sent letters and their families at home could sent them letters as well:) For me, the postie, it was lots of fun to deliver all this bunch of handwritten letters everyday! I guess the tenagers will keep these letters forever and they are a big treasure:)

Take care Naomi

Yam


Dear Naomi,

I just finished the first lesson and I want to tell you how much I enjoyed it. I have been writing letters since I learned how to write and I am 68 years old. This course is full of sound advice, helpful rules and will be appreciated by newbies and experienced writers alike.

I learned something new in each section. Each is interesting in its own way and there is a continuation in your writing style that keeps my attention focused on the subjects. I love that we can print the lists you provided.

The last section is a mine of information and I will try all the tutorials.

I am so glad I signed up for this course. Looking forward to next week.

Best regards,
Colette


Dear Naomi,

Thank you so much for your email to check in today about the course. It's been a busy week and I hadn't had a chance to get started on it yet. Your email was just the friendly push I needed to log in and get started. Then, I loved it so much that I spent the bulk of my day going through the whole thing all at once taking copious notes! I'm eager to spend time going back and implementing some of the handwriting exercises that you recommended as well as some of the DIY stationary ideas that you shared with us.

It was a lot to absorb all at once, but it gave me a great overview of the things that I want to keep working on most as I move forward with these new thoughts and ideas that you presented. I love the video-clips that you included, which kept things feeling fresh and not too overdone with just reading alone. The photos are beautiful and also offered the same kind of brain break as the videos. The "Language and Tone" section will definitely be my biggest challenge of all of them, and I got a little bogged down, brain wise, in that section. But it was very very helpful to review these things and realize how rusty some of my grammar knowledge has become. Luckily, I'm not worried about getting trapped with worrying about the technical aspects of grammar, so it could never keep me from sitting down to write a nice long piece of mail! But it did inspire me to be more mindful and challenge myself to improve my writing. So thank you for that!

Of course, after all of that hard work of grammar, it was so nice to end on such a beautifully constructed final lesson. I'm so inspired creatively after seeing that last lesson and can't wait to try some of the DIY projects you featured.

Mostly, I just wanted to write back and say thank you for your email check-in this morning to remind me to get started, and to let you know a little bit about my experience with the course this week. It is beautifully constructed, easy to navigate, the lessons are straightforward and easy to understand (the challenge, as always, is in putting it into practice! :-D) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks so much for all your hard work.

All the best,
Hilary


Dear Naomi,

I've just completed the first week of the course. I've enjoyed it so much, and I just wanted to let you know. I find the lessons cover the different topics with just the right level of depth, and I love all the extra resources you suggest. I feel so inspired after going through all the DIY stationery ideas, and I am eager to use some of these in my next letters. I also enjoyed a lot the lesson about how to improve your handwritting. The Youtube lessons you suggested seem very useful and interesting. About the Jack Weiddman talk on the importance of handwritting, I just felt so touched and represented! I thank you for introducing me to this talk. I will surely talk about it to my penpals. 

I am looking forward to continue with the course.

Greetings from Spain!
Alba.


Hi Naomi, 

I loved the first week! So much great information and resources. I'm looking forward to the rest of the month!

Isaida


It’s a beautiful, inspirational, generous thing you have created.

Emily


Dear Naomi,

Thanks for the number 2 installment of "Most Beautiful Letter." I started early this morning intending to only do a half-hour worth. Here I am at 10:34 am, still my my nightshirt, I have not exercised, I have not done my breakfast dishes or my bed.

This course is so captivating, I now have so many new ideas for my mail art and not enough time to try it all. It really is taking me to another level. I am so grateful to you, and now just cannot wait until next Monday.

Happy Tuesday,
Colette


Dear Naomi,

The quickest way to say how much I enjoy your course from me in the Netherlands to you in Australia is still an e-mail. I will put into writing as that is much much better, but I find your course so well thought out, detailed and above all inspiring (instead of daunting, which some courses definitely are)..

It has become a habit to do part of your course during my break at work and it leaves me with a smile the rest of the day.. 
I've been writing letters since I was 4 and I'm now 44, but this is the first time that I found practical tips to improve my handwriting (my Ts and Hs tend to sway through other characters..)

I've just finished reading how to make a seal wax and now cannot wait to make one on the next letter I will send.... I have the materials ready for years haha. 

Got to go back to work now, but thought it would be nice to let you know instead of waiting till the last bit!

xx Anna


Hi Naomi,

Just wanted to say that I am enjoying the course. The section on language and tone is very helpful.

Thanks,
Kiriaki


Dear Naomi,

I am so happy to be enrolled in your letter writing class and have found it informative, inspirational and interesting. You have provided alot of information and great visuals.

Kim


Hi Naomi

I just want to tell you how much I am LOVING your course! I live in Wellington, New Zealand, and I took your course to liven up the letters I send to my two wee grandgirls who live in Perth. What you have created is really inspiring me and I have become a bit obsessed with it all :-)

I want to do something with this beyond my letters to my girls.

I work as a therapist... I wanted to let you know that your course has inspired me to help my clients connect with others in this way. I might begin perhaps with encouraging them to write to each other, as well as family/friends for those who do have any.

But in any event, thank you so much for your wonderful, gorgeous course and all the ideas it has ignited in me :-)

Kind regards, 
Julia


Naomi,

Just a quick note to let you know how very much I am enjoying these classes!! Yesterday’s installment for me was “Messages in a Bottle” ….I found myself flipping through the calendar in my mind for my next potential opportunity to get to the shore of the nearest ocean with bottle and missive in hand!  I have so enjoyed the unexpected historical background and links for further digging and researching that you have included along the way of this most wonderful adventure!

Thanks again - so very much for the course - enjoying it so much, I honestly hate to see it come to an end next week!

Hugs,
Leisha


Hi Naomi

Thanks for setting this up. I loved the course and wish it could go on longer. You inspired me to make mail art. I appreciate the section on writing as well and hope to improve that aspect too. Thanks so much!

Jill