Workshop: The Regency Mail presented by Shannon Donnelly

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The Regency Mail presented by Shannon Donnelly
Class dates: June 17 through June 28, 2013
Cost: $15 non-member, $7 BM member
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Posting a letter in Regency England was not as simple as walking down to the local post office and dropping off a stamped letter.  The postal system developed from when Charles I opened it in 1635, and was a system of inked hand stamps and letters that were sent for the recipient to pay postage. Ship letters were a different item, as was the formatting of letters.

This workshop covers details of how stampless letters were sent prior to January 10, 1840 and the introduction of the stamp, what letters looked like, and resources for more information on the English Postal system.

We’ll cover:
Postal Systems Overview
Stampless Letters
Postal Rates
Posting Inns & Mail Coaches
London Post
The Franking System

Shannon Donnelly’s writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the “Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer” contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA’s Golden Heart, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: “simply superb”…”wonderfully uplifting”….and ”beautifully written.” Her Regency romances can be found as ebooks on all formats, and with Cool Gus Publishing, and include a series of four novellas.

She also has out the Mackenzie Solomon, Demon/Warders Urban Fantasy series, Burn Baby Burn and Riding in on a Burning Tire, and the Urban Fantasy, Edge Walkers. Her work has been on the top seller list of and includes The Cardros Ruby and Paths of Desire. She is the author of several young adult horror stories, and computer games. She lives in New Mexico with two horses, two donkeys, two dogs, and only one love of her life. Shannon can be found online at,, and twitter/sdwriter.

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