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Pens Plus Pals facilitates and celebrates modern-day letter writing by matching aspiring Pen Pals across generations and geographies.
Pens Plus Pals facilitates and celebrates modern-day letter writing by matching aspiring Pen Pals across generations and geographies.
150 backers pledged $9,133 to help bring this project to life.

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HELP US STRETCH! If Pens Plus Pals can reach a total fo 150 backers, custom pencils will be added to the first stationery set for ALL levels of P+P supporters!

As any good tween of the mid-90’s, I remember reading my Teen Beat magazine and eagerly cutting out the mail-in advert for a pen pal. The anticipation of waiting to receive the identity of my pen pal was almost as excruciating as waiting to find out if Nickelodeon was going to take over my school (they never did). I'd spend hours crafting the perfect letters to my new friends from exotic places like Akron and Lubbock!

Who wouldn't want to be my friend?
Who wouldn't want to be my friend?

Introducing: Pens Plus Pals

At its most basic level, Pens Plus Pals aims to provide that same thrill to its Pen-Members by matching pen pals across the world. P+P will tailor a match to suit your correspondence goals, whether you want conversation topics to focus on current events, new perspectives, mentorship, kid-friendly content, spirituality, romance, or let us play P+P "roulette" and see what pen pal fate awaits you!

Inclusions, please:

For our Yearly Pen Members, there are also great Pen Perks to receive along the way, including killer stationery sets and pencil case, P+P apparel, and more!

 

Upon signing up for P+P, these packs will be (surprise) mailed to our Pen Members along with the reveal of the "Pen Name" of the pen pal with whom you've been matched and their address. From there, well, start writing - your exciting P+P experience begins! 

Themed stationery sent every quarter!
Themed stationery sent every quarter!

We will also provide you with quarterly gift packs filled with "surprise and delight" to keep your creative juices flowing.

Special delivery!
Special delivery!

Is this for me?

If you're craving an excuse to unplug from our overexposed world of mass posts on Snap-Gram-Insta-Face-Tube, P+P is for you. Don't get me wrong, there’s a ton of value in these platforms but they shouldn’t be a replacement for or at the expense of writing traditions. End your reliance on the backspace button, spend 10 minutes on airplane mode, and let's challenge ourselves to compose thoughts and ideas on paper with the goal of creating authentic connection with fellow human.

The future of P+P

Not only will you take advantage of the great cathartic and health benefits of writing and cultivating a one-on-one relationship with your pen pal, but you'll join a lively community that is challenging modern and conventional wisdom about the place for letter-writing in the world. P+P should endeavor to become the #1 global movement and catalyst for letter exchange. 

With enough groundswell behind Pens Plus Pals, I'd also love to offer a Pen-It-Forward Program that allows Members to sponsor a Pen Pal in homeless shelters / nursing homes and also a P+P School Program for school exchanges, and many other fun products and inclusions in the near future!

What about Ts & Cs?

For anyone concerned about those Terms & Conditions, we got your back. The registration system will include a user verification process, the requirement to select a "Pen Name" to protect identities.

If, after those security measures, you'd still like an added layer of anonymity, the Yearly Penultimate Plan offers full anonymity. P+P will protect your identity and location by serving as the shipping go–between for you and your pen pal!

Before you leave...

Are you feeling left behind or increasingly disenchanted in the digitally-dominated world? Are you a parent looking for a fun and educational weekly activity to share with the kids? Do you need a gift for "the person who has everything"? Bottom line: you belong with Pens Plus Pals if you place an inherent value in writing and honor our three key values: legacy, authenticity, and community.

Pens Plus Pals: Look Good on Paper.

 

Risks and challenges

This is a virtually risk-free contribution and I will endeavor for fulfilment of orders to take place no more than 30 days after the end of the Kickstarter Campaign.

I chose a $6,000 funding goal because, on the average contribution of $60 (the fantastic "Pen-Membership" mid-tier reward), I will have 100 P+P users. This will be enough individual users and "fans" to create a viable community of P+P writers!

When we collect basic details, we will also allow for a Member verification process to ensure the safety and security of our Members as highest priority. Members will be required to choose a P+P "Pen Name” by which their pen pal will know them to preserve anonymity.

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Pens Plus Pals Match

    Includes:
    • One Pen Pal match from the Pens Plus Pals community
    • Pens Plus Pals stationary set
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    Pens Plus Pals Intro Pack

    Get involved in the Pens Plus Pals community by choosing the Intro Pack

    Includes:
    • One Pen Pal match from the Pens Plus Pals community
    • Pens Plus Pals stationary set
    • Quality T-shirt featuring P+P logo
    • Choice of "Pen Name" alias
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    Pledge $65 or more About $65

    One Year Pen-Membership

    A fantastic option for sustained involvement in the Pens Plus Pals community

    Includes:
    • One year of unlimited matches from the Pens Plus Pals community
    • Choice of "Pen Name" alias
    • Exclusive P+P stationary set with leather pencil case
    • Quality T-shirt featuring P+P logo
    • Exclusive newsletters full of P+P community content
    • An assigned Pen-Mentor to help you with writing inspiration
    • Quarterly Membership Gift Packs to keep the creativity flowing!
    • Access to community-led P+P events and workshops
    • Acknowledgement as Pens Plus Pals "Elite" Foundation Member
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    Pledge $120 or more About $120

    One Year Penultimate Plan

    The ultimate P+P experience, the best Pen Perks, and COMPLETE ANONYMITY

    Includes:
    • P+P will relay all letters, protecting your identity and location
    • One year of unlimited matches from the Pens Plus Pals community
    • Availability of international Pen Pals
    • Access to Pen Pals with top correspondence rates
    • Choice of "Pen Name" alias
    • Alerts and notifications of received and incoming letters
    • Exclusive P+P stationary set with leather pencil case
    • Quality T-shirt featuring P+P logo
    • Exclusive newsletters full of P+P community content
    • An assigned Pen-Mentor to help you with writing inspiration
    • Quarterly Membership Gift Packs to keep the creativity flowing!
    • Access to community-led P+P events and workshops
    • Acknowledgement as Pens Plus Pals "Elite" Foundation Member
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