CraftSanity Episode 69 Samara O'Shea On Letter Writing

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Dearest Listeners,

It’s bitter cold in Grand Rapids today where the mercury is hovering around 4 degrees. Even, Juna, our Alaskan Malamute who loves to nap outside on a snow pile, is hunkered down inside today. It’s too cold to go out, so it’s a great day to grab your favorite blanket and settle into to a cozy chair and listen to a podcast.

Today, I offer up a great conversation with Samara O’Shea, the wordsmith who writes custom letters for clients over at and the author of “For the Love of Letters: A 21st-Century Guide to the Art of Letter Writing.” Samara’s approach is wonderful in that she didn’t write a straight how-to guide. She mixed in her own letter-writing adventures and really made the book come to life.

So please tune in to find out how this 28-year-old writer made the jump from magazine writing to become a personal letter writer and published author. (You can read more about Samara in the story I wrote about letter writing for The Grand Rapids Press.)


WIN THE BOOK! Be sure to enter this week’s contest to win one of two copies of Samara’s book. All you have to do is write a letter about what letter writing means to you and send it to my P.O. box (address below) postmarked no later than Feb. 29. I will call upon Samara’s letter writing expertise to select the winners. Are you a letter writer? Did you ever receive, or send a letter than changed your life? Send me your story for a chance to win a book and have your letter scanned and published online. Please write: “For the Love of Letters” on the envelope so I know your writing to enter the contest. Please include your e-mail address so we can reach you quickly if we need to.

Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
CraftSanity Podcast producer
P.O. Box 888192
Grand Rapids, MI 49588-8192

Pen Pal Exchange: And because I’ve been really enjoying receiving letters lately, I thought I’d start CraftSanity Pen Pal Exchange. So, if you’re interested in writing to a fellow listener, e-mail your full name, age, interests, and mailing address and I will attempt to match you with a pen pal with similar interests. Please write “Pen Pal Exchange” in the subject line and send me your response by Feb. 29. Samara and I are going to participate in this exchange and we’d love for you to join us.

Fabric Postcard Swap: Okay, here’s one more opportunity to get cool mail. I’m also be hosting a fabric postcard swap. (Visit the blog tomorrow for the instructions on how to make these.) If you’d like to participate, e-mail me your name and address by Feb. 29 and I will match you with a swap partner. Partners will be assigned in early March and the deadline to mail your postcard is March 31. The theme is “Spring” so think flowers and sunshine.

Whew. Okay, I think that’s it.

Happy writing everyone!


P.S. In case you’re wondering, next week’s show will be 100 percent crafty. : )

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