Universal Letter Writing Week

Letter writing is currently a dying art. That might seem a bit overly dramatic, but it’s actually the truth. At one point in time, letter writing was an important skill that every child in school had to learn. People corresponded with one another, wrote business letters, and sent letters to their politicians.

This all began to change when computers, the Internet, and mobile phones made it possible for people to communicate with one another without having to write a physical letter. Now, many of these tasks can be handled by phone, email, text message, or even through social media.

However, we feel that letter writing is still important, and evidently, we’re not alone because there is now a week dedicated to this soon-to-be-lost art. This week is the second full week of January, and it’s known as Universal Letter Writing Week. It’s a week that we feel everyone should observe every year.

Observing Universal Letter Writing Week

To observe this holiday, we encourage everyone to pull out a pad of paper and a pen to start the process. Although it might seem funny to write using a pen and piece of paper at first, that will change with a bit of practice. Once you’ve practiced a bit, it’s now time to put those letter-writing skills to good use.

During this week, people can find a pen pal and write to them, they can compose a letter for a senior in a nursing home, or they can pen a letter to their local politician to give them a piece of their mind. Anyone unsure of how to properly compose a formal letter can easily look up examples on the Internet.

To encourage people to do more writing, we suggest that people also use the hashtag #UniversalLetterWritingWeek to challenge others to put down their phones and pick up a pen. After all, letter writing is not only fun, but it can also really grab another person’s attention.

When is it?
This year (2024)
January 14 Sunday
Next year (2025)
January 12 Sunday
Last year (2023)
January 8 Sunday
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