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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Tue Feb 2, 1999  3:13 pm
Subject:  Re: Pen Pals

On Mon, 1 Feb 1999, Joe Martin wrote:

>Hi list;
> A while back we talked about sending letters written by hand in
>SignWriting. Since then I have exchanged letters with one other person,
>and it worked really well. It was a thrill to get a letter all written in
>Signwriting, believe me! It would be nice to get more of these letters :-)
>so if anyone wants to practice, I will be happy to answer their letters in
> I am not the best signer, not an expert by any means, but I am
>"conversant" in ASL. I am Hearing, more or less, learned to sign in
>College. I am also just learning signwriting, like most of us here. I am
>an older student at Western Washington University In Bellingham WA, with a
>degree in Linguistics, now studying Anthropology and going camping a lot
>here in the Northwest. I like kids, and was a teacher for a long time, so
>I identify some with those raising children, and would be happy to get
>kid's letters! :-) In order for Signwriting to work, we need to use it,
>right?? --so let's!!!

February 2, 1999

Joe - as you know I recently started the Independent SWriter's Forum, where
we can post unedited SignWriting documents:

Independent SWriter's Forum

At the moment, it says that people "type" their own SignWriting documents,
but I could change that and just say "write", and then we could include a
little section for SW Pen Pals in the Forum. Then people like yourself, who
would want to write letters in SignWriting, could post their address and
request letters. You never know, it might help. Also, I suppose we could
post a few hand written letters just to show people what a pen pal letter
looks like!

Just an idea -

Also, Caroline Readman, with the SignWriting Network, might have some ideas
too...I think the pen pal club may build slowly, if we think through ways
to encourage writing...

Valerie ':-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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