As a response to the social isolation necessitated by this pandemic, UNO's Goodrich Scholarship Program has started "The Sandy Point Correspondence Club," a pen pal/book club that will hopefully generate some sorely needed connection through Willa Cather’s writing. This program is not only open to the UNO community, but the Omaha community as well.
Here’s how it works:
Let the Goodrich Program know you're interested by sharing with them your contact info and which Willa Cather work you'd like to read. You can pick any Cather work you want, but be aware that it could be difficult to find a pen pal if no one else picks the same work. With that in mind, consider "O Pioneers!", "A Wagner Matinee," or "Going Home (Burlington Route)." All are available at the Willa Cather Archive but if you would like a physical copy, just let the program know.
Read the work you've selected. While you're doing that, the program will work on finding you a reading partner. As soon as they have one lined up, they will share your partner's name and address with you.
Write to your partner. Of course, write about the work you're reading, let your partner know whether you liked it or not, but please share a little about yourself as well. If you would like a challenge, try writing about how your life relates to the work you read. This will give your partner so much to think about and respond to.
Mail your letter. NO emailing or other digital correspondence. The plan is to have everyone enjoy the experience of receiving a meaningful letter in the mail. If you need stationery or postage, let the program know and they can send some to you.
Wait for a response from your Sandy Point pen pal. This will also come through the U.S. Mail, so keep your eyes on your mailbox.
Interested? Send your information to the following address:
The Sandy Point Correspondence Club
10316 Hilltop Road
Omaha, NE, 68134
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