Kate Hilton, Pen Pal, Pen Pal Project, Best Selling Author, Reva Seth, Book Club, Book Clubs, The Hole in the MiddleAbout the Pen Pal Project

 

The Pen Pal Project is a collaboration between two writers: Kate Hilton and Reva Seth.  Kate and Reva met in 2013 and immediately launched into a lively discussion about motherhood, work, sex, marriage, midlife, fear, courage and failure.  And that was just the first conversation.

In January 2015, we decided to continue our ongoing exchange in writing.  Avid letter-writers as children, we loved the idea of having a pen pal in adulthood, particularly during a time of life transition.  We decided to post our letters online, so that you could follow our conversation.  And if you’re inspired to get a pen pal of your own?  Even better.

 


 

Next step

Next step

January 8, 2017 Dear Reva, What a year 2016 was. And I don’t mean that in a good way. I started writing to you several times, most recently the day after the US election. Like so many women I know, I sat glued to the television, elation fading to faint hope fading to...
Love, Unexpectedly

Love, Unexpectedly

August 1, 2016 Dear Reva, I have so many conversations with you in my head that don’t make it onto paper. Sometimes it’s because life intervenes, and intervenes again. But recently it’s been for a different reason entirely. I’ve been feeling shy. Our letters are...
High School, Revisited

High School, Revisited

May 31, 2016 Dear Reva, I love, selfishly, that we’ve moved to a more organic structure for our letters in Year 2 (meaning that we write when we feel like it, and not on a weekly schedule), but I am conscious of how much time passes between letters when I’m not...
When Moms Get Sick

When Moms Get Sick

April 21, 2016 Dear Reva, Things at my end have been quite dramatic lately. We’ve said many times that moms can’t get sick.  But I did.  I’ve been ill with an infection – so ill that I ended up in hospital. And while in hospital, I caught another infection...
Enjoy the ride

Enjoy the ride

March 22, 2016 Dear Reva, Between your travels and mine, it has been a month since you had a letter from me. It reminds me that the weekly back and forth is better, because there is too much to cover! I loved your glam photos from Washington. Actually, I love...
Inside my brain at 2 a.m.

Inside my brain at 2 a.m.

February 16, 2016 Dear Reva, I’m sitting in a waiting room and composing this letter on my phone while simultaneously texting with you! A Pen Pal Project first. (We are trying, via text, to arrange a time to see each other, or at least to speak on the phone. We...
A Dream Worth Failing For

A Dream Worth Failing For

January 17, 2016 Dear Reva, I loved your letter last week about your intention to make 2016 a Year of Deliberate Living.  In fact, re-reading it made me smile a second time, because (obviously) my response is late. At some point last week, I realized that I simply...
Out with the old, in with the new

Out with the old, in with the new

December 29, 2015 My office Dear Reva, I’ve just come in from shovelling the slush after the first winter storm in my new house. It took me about 45 minutes, and I am overjoyed. Why? Because last year, living alone in my former matrimonial home, I had an incredibly...
Repeat after me: Change is not a crisis

Repeat after me: Change is not a crisis

December 15, 2015 My desk, 7 a.m. Dear Reva, I’m getting an early start this morning, and because it is so dark outside, and because I’m tired, I am completely disoriented. I have to keep reminding myself that I have already slept, had breakfast, packed one child (the...
Second Novel Syndrome

Second Novel Syndrome

December 1, 2015 My office Dear Reva, This is an important date for me. December 1st was the deadline for my second novel, a project that caused me untold angst. And I’m happy to report that I made it! I handed in my first draft to my agent on Friday. Here is...