We haven’t seen each other for six years after graduation.
I am so glad to hear that you have graduated from UCLA and come back to work in Suzhou.
If you are free this Saturday, please come to Shanghai and have a good time with me.
We can first go to the Century Park, where the flowers are all in blossom.
Let’s go boating on the lake —isn’t it pleasant in the cool breeze? Then I will treat you to dinner at a western restaurant on Huaihai Road—it is small but really nice—I’m sure you will enjoy it.
After dinner, let’s go to a concert—you are a music lover, aren’t you?
If you couldn’t come, please notify me before Friday.
If you can, please tell me which train you will take and I will meet you at the railway station.
I am looking forward to meeting you.
Sample formal invitation letter
Dear Professor _____________
We are so pleased that you will be visiting Stanford to speak at our _______ Research Workshop on [date].
To show our appreciation for your willingness to share your research, we would like to offer you a modest $_______ honoraria, assuming your visa and tax status allow you to accept this.
Please be aware that honoraria payments may be subject to up to 37% withholding.
In order to process this, we will need you to complete some paperwork; we will be in touch shortly about this.
If you would like our assistance securing a visa to enter the United States, or an ITIN (tax identification number required to receive honoraria payments), please let us know—we will be glad to help with this.
We are also prepared to cover the costs (up to $______) for your travel to and accommodations in the Stanford area.
We can make and pay directly for travel arrangements for you, or, if you prefer, we can reimburse your for reasonable expenses (i.
coach-class airfare for flights under eight hours in length, no entertainment or alcohol-related expenditures, tips 15% or less).
If you choose the latter option, we will provide you with the forms and information necessary to be reimbursed by Stanford.
Sponsored by a grant form the Mellon Foundation, the Research Workshops at Stanford are unique spaces where scholars from a variety of disciplines and professional cohorts meet to discuss work in progress in their fields of interest.
I think you will enjoy a lively exchange of ideas with a diverse audience of faculty and graduate students in your workshop.
We will most certainly enjoy the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with you in this informal, collegial atmosphere.
If there are specific scholars at Stanford you would like to invite to your talk, please feel free to do so.
We will be back in touch soon to coordinate the logistics of your visit.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself or __________, our workshop’s Graduate Student Coordinator (insert contact info here).
The Stanford Humanities Center, the research center on campus that manages the Mellon Workshop Program, may also contact you.
Name of Workshop
Dear Professor Michael Hutchison,
We are very glad to hear that you are attending an international conference in Beijing.
We are writing this letter to inquiry the possibility of inviting you to deliver a lecture on American literature for our postgraduate students on the evening of June 16.
We have long been noticed that you have done a lot of substantial and creative work in this field.
Two of your books have become textbooks for our students for several years.
So all of us believe your lecture will benefit our students and teaching staff alike.
If you can manage to come, please tell us the number of your flight and we will meet you at the airport.
If you can’t make it, please also let us know.
We are looking forward to your coming.