Write a Letter Club: Taking Time to Put Pen to Paper

GABBY HARTZE | THE SPECTRUM The sentiment behind handwritten letters drives the Write a Letter Club.
GABBY HARTZE | THE SPECTRUM
The sentiment behind handwritten letters drives the Write a Letter Club.

Despite good intentions, the fast-paced, throwaway nature of our media-centric society has created a gap between sincerity and convenience. Write a Letter Club, one of NDSU’s newest organizations, is working to bolster sincerity and encourage members to take time and put pen to paper.

Nowadays, any small gesture that removes itself from speed and technology feels overwhelmingly genuine. A handwritten note is a rarity that falls into that category.

Beginning in the fall of 2014, cofounders Jake Oliversen and Drew Spooner collaborated to create what is now Write a Letter Club; both were inspired by the unfortunate passing of Robin Williams and his iconic film Dead Poets Society.

“The unfortunate passing of Robin Williams sparked a desire in us all to take heart and seize the day – or ‘carpe diem’ as they say in Latin. Letters are one way of expressing that statement,” Spooner said. “There is just something different about opening a handwritten letter that I believe portrays a profound sense of communication and touch.”

Write a Letter Club currently sits at temporary organizational status, with nine core participating members. At temporary status, the club lacks funding to plan events and activities to further the vision.

“When we have it, our vision is to set up a booth in the Union and have stationary out for people to stop by, write a letter and go ahead and mail it,” Oliversen said. “For people who do choose to attend our meetings, we’ll probably go a little more in-depth.”

Adding a literary element to the club’s activities is another goal the cofounders have set. By maintaining an intentional sense of ambiguity, the current members hope to use increased exposure and deliberate sense of mystery to attract curious new readers and writers.

Write a Letter Club is still very much in utero. New organizations allow for optimal growth and forthcoming goals.

“I foresee Letter Writing Club writing a lot of letters in the future,” Spooner said. “I also see us exploring the area region and beyond to gain a further understanding of literature, art and communication.”

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