The Art of the Personal Letter: A Guide to Connecting Through the Written Word

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Broadway Books, 2008 - Reference - 218 pages
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When was the last time you wrote a letter? Or received one in the mail?

These days, it’s so easy to dash off a quick e-mail or text message or make a cell- phone call while you’re on the run that you may rarely make time for letter writing. But letters are a time-honored form of connection that simply cannot be equaled or replaced by faster methods of communication.

The Art of the Personal Letter
reclaims this lost art, giving you the gift of leisurely expression and allowing you to write beautiful, enduring letters to the people you care about—be it by hand or on a computer. For any occasion—whether you’re reaching out to connect with a long-lost friend or you want to express condolences with grace—author Margaret Shepherd gives you both the inspiration and the tools to write a memorable and meaningful letter that will be cherished by its recipient for years.

Filled with marvelous examples of common types of letters, The Art of the Personal Letter provides helpful guidelines to enhance your unique voice and inspire you to start that holiday letter or difficult letter of apology. From choosing just the right words, the right stationery, and even the right pen or font, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the timeless art of the personal letter.

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Review: The Art of the Personal Letter: A Guide to Connecting Through the Written Word

User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

For someone who has written a fair amount of letters this was rather a nice read. It goes over the basics of materials, combinations of colours, paper weights, types of paper to use, the best types of ... Read full review

Review: The Art of the Personal Letter: A Guide to Connecting Through the Written Word

User Review  - Troy - Goodreads

THis was...meh. I did appreciate the different types of letters presented here. It's not a bad book; inexpensive and small and very supportive of you getting off your ass and writing a letter, but just okay. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Margaret Shepherd is a noted calligrapher and author whose clients include numerous headliners. The author of thousands of personal letters and fourteen hand-lettered instructional books on calligraphy, including the bestselling Learning Calligraphy, she has exhibited her work in many museums and galleries. She lives in Boston.

Sharon Cloud Hogan has written and edited several books for general readers . She leads workshops on nonfiction writing for physicians, and she is a manuscript editor at The New England Journal of Medicine.  She lives near Boston.

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