Celebrate the Art of Letter Writing

Celebrate the Art of Letter Writing

Did you know that April is National Card and Letter Writing Month? This annual celebration of handwritten correspondence aims to raise awareness of the importance and historical significance of card and letter writing.

With so many forms of instant communication at our fingertips, when was the last time you actually put pen to paper?
It may be easier and quicker to tap out a brief message on your phone’s keypad but there is still something very special about receiving a handwritten letter.

Our top letter writing etiquette tips:

  • Make sure you use the correct greeting, title and sign-off.
  • If your address is not already printed on the stationery write it in the top right hand corner.
  • The date also goes on the right hand side of the letter, directly underneath the address.
  • Don’t rush your letter writing. Wait until you have some quiet time and a solid surface to write on such as a desk.
  • Do take care over your presentation. Form your letters carefully to mate sure they are legible and use a dictionary if necessary to avoid spelling mistakes.
  • Check all details to ensure you address the envelope correctly.

Reasons to write a letter:

  • To thank a former teacher for their enduring influence on your life.
  • Write to a child to show them how much fun it is to receive a letter. Encourage them to write back so they can experience the joy of sending one too.
  • To practice your handwriting skills and penmanship – something that is all too often neglected these days.
  • To congratulate someone on an achievement – however big or small.
  • Simply to let someone know that you are thinking of them.
  • To invite a friend or relative over for tea, lunch or dinner.
  • To share your favourite recipe or a list of books you have read.
  • To let your partner know how much they mean to you.
  • To reignite a friendship with someone you have lost touch with.

If you want to learn calligraphy to take your letter writing to the next level, we recommend the wonderfully talented Alice Gabb who tutors our Train the Trainer students. You can also sign up for our Art of Hosting course for an introduction to calligraphy, writing invitations and thank you cards.

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