As Valentine's Day creeps nearer, do the heart-shaped candy boxes in the drugstore speak to you? Sure they do. They say things like last minute and cheap bastard. How about the TV ads for high-end (and also heart-shaped) jewelry? Yep. They say overdoing it and payment plan (not to mention gaudy). And Etsy? You bet: Heart drawn in red Sharpie on soda-can fragment. Go ahead, admit it. You want to do something for your sweetie, but something genuine, not contrived or thoughtless. So write a letter. Handwriting is magic, says Janet Gallin, who co-hosts How to Write a Perfect Love Letter tonight with Tresa Eyres. The two women call themselves the Love Letter Squad. They offer workshops, podcasts, and until recently a weekly radio show on the now-stifled KUSF. (Ouch!) The squad covers choosing a recipient, identifying what you feel, and expressing it in your own voice. They also go through the various ways to dress it up literally via stationery, envelopes, stamps, and seals. Every part of a love letter expresses something you want to say, says Gallin. This skill goes beyond V Day. Gallin says people write love letters year round to various recipients, including exes and parents (to apologize or forgive), animals, and historical figures one woman even wrote to her shuttered retail shop, which she missed terribly. (She was my best friend, the woman reportedly said of the store.) Bring your own stationery and postage the final step of the workshop is sending the letter.
Wed., Feb. 9, 7 p.m., 2011