An Inspiring Gift For Writers

Get weekly letters from legendary authors. Featuring Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and more.


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How It Works

Give a gift that inspires. Real letters from literary legends discussing their craft.

Curated Letters: Our researchers scour archives, libraries, and private collections around the world to find you one amazing letter per week.

Detailed Biographies: Each letter includes a "postscript" article about the life and work of your latest literary pen pal.

Writer-Oriented Themes: Each month of letters focuses on a distinct & useful theme, like "Character Development", "Editing", "Banned Books" and "Criticism".

A Classic Experience: With textured high-end paper, restored signatures, letterhead, and real stamps, our letters will take you back in time.

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Meet Your Pen Pals

Learn about some of the authors you could receive letters from.

Letters from Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Author of "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility" & domestic novel virtuoso.

Letters from Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston

Best-selling author of "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and "Mules and Men".

Letters from F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jazz-age legend. Author of "The Great Gatsby" and "The Beautiful and Damned".

Letters from Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë

Author of "Jane Eyre" under the pseudonym "Currer Bell". Known for her profound exploration of love, society, and morality.

Letters from Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle

Physician & best-selling author of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and "A Study in Scarlet". Known for creating the iconic detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Letters from Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Legendary humorist & best-selling author of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer". World's worst businessman.

Letters from H.G. Wells

H.G. Wells

Sci-fi pioneer. Author of "The War of the Worlds" and "The Time Machine".

Letters from Willa Cather

Willa Cather

Pulitzer-prize-winning writer. Author of "My Ántonia," "O Pioneers!," and other iconic works of American literature. Lauded for her evocative depictions of American frontier life.

Letters from Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott

Beloved author of "Little Women". Noted for her poignant tales of family and female empowerment.

Letters from Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Literary journal editor & author of "Oliver Twist," "Great Expectations," "A Tale of Two Cities," and "A Christmas Carol".

Letters from Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Mastermind behind "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" and author of the first modern detective story. Acclaimed for his mastery of gothic fiction.

Letters from other authors

And More...

We have dozens of amazing authors on our list. We have so many that we had to save some for Part II (coming in 2024) - Stay tuned!

Please note: Authors are subject to change

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should I give "Letters On Writing" to?

Letters On Writing is a perfect gift for any writer, whether you're a published novelist with a dozen bestsellers to your name, or an aspiring creative writer still finishing your short story.

Professional writers will learn the tricks these bestselling authors used to create iconic characters and enduring works.

Newer authors will benefit from learning how to persevere in the face of rejection, how to work with editors, and how to turn a seed of an idea into a finished work.

Writing is a lifelong pursuit and our letters have wisdom for writers at any stage of their career.

This collection will also be interesting for voracious readers, who'll receive a behind-the-scenes view of how some of their favorite books were crafted.

Can I give this collection to myself?

Of course. If you enjoy reading books about writing like Stephen King's "On Writing," Strunk and White's "The Elements Of Style," and Ray Bradbury's "Zen in the Art of Writing," you'll love this collection.

Can I give this collection to a group?

Yes. Group pricing is available. Want to use this in your high school or college classroom? Email groups[at]letterjoy[dot]co to receive our educator-only rates.

Are these "real" letters?

Yes. The historical letters we share are reproductions of real letters (or telegrams) written by famous authors and figures from the literary world. They are sourced from some of the finest archives, special collections, and private collections on the planet.

What will my letters discuss?

Our goal with this collection is to inform and inspire writers. With that in mind, we look to share a mix of letters with unique insights on the process of writing or a particular element of the craft, as well as stories from authors who've written works that stood the test of time.

Do you mail internationally?

Yes. We mail around the world. Letters mailed to addresses outside the United States (excluding DPOs) will incur a modest international postage surcharge.

Do you have a gift welcome letter available?

We do. You can download our customizable explanation letter here.

When will my first letter arrive?

Letters are sent via first-class mail once every week. Newly activated orders usually go out in the first mailing of the month selected at checkout. Activation takes 10 days from date of purchase.

How do I change my mailing address?

Recently moved? On an extended vacation? You can change your address right from our self-serve member portal ( Log in using your name and the email address of the person who purchased your membership.

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