SFW Online

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

with Kate Oberdorfer Skov

January 25 - February 4, 2021

Mondays and Thursdays; 10:30 am -12:00 pm (Mountain Time)

  • Tuition $425.00

Online registration for this program has closed. To check availability or if you would like further information, please call 505-983-1400 ext. 111.

Course Description

There is nothing quite like receiving a letter in the mail. It’s an entire ritual—from the sender’s stamp, to the tear of the envelope’s seal and, finally, to the debut of the stationery. Letter writing is most definitely an art—a lost art. In this workshop we unpack the art of letter writing.

Each of our four sessions begins with a stimulating writing prompt. Participants then turn off the camera feature on Zoom and retreat to their personal spaces to write for 15 to 20 minutes. After the allotted time, you are encouraged to share what you've written before we transition to discussing the day’s featured letter.

We examine some of our great letter writers, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, and John Steinbeck. We study each writer’s style, voice, and structure while discussing themes such as the ethics of publication, why the writer may have chosen to use the letter as a vessel, and what we can learn from letters. We then use these featured letters as a springboard for writing our own letters, to be submitted prior to class for our fellow participants to read.

This peer review is perhaps the most valuable aspect of the period we spend together. You are given the opportunity to give and receive feedback about your own written letters. It is a time for growth—to gauge what is working for readers and what isn’t.

Discover the lost but not forgotten art of letter writing in this two-week, four-session workshop with ardent and enthusiastic letter writer Kate Oberdorfer.

Additional Information

All are welcome
Special Notes:

Class will meet 10:30 am -12:00 pm (Mountain Tiime) on Mondays and Thursdays starting January 25 and ending February 4 (four online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

View updated Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for 2021 online programs.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.

Please Note: During the online registration process you will be asked about housing and meals. Answer no to both questions.


View Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for online programs.

For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for two weeks after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after two weeks to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Tuition INFO:

Includes tax.

Writers Lab
Kate Oberdorfer Skov

Kate Oberdorfer Skov is a writer based out of Colorado. She is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School where she wrote her masters on Cuban exiles in Union City, NJ and continues to write about Cuba for the Huffington Post and Startup Cuba. She freelances for various book reviews and works on and off as the Personal Stylist for Anthropologie.

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