The Art of the Handwritten Note: A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication

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Crown/Archetype, Aug 11, 2010 - Reference - 176 pages
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When you receive the daily mail do you jump to open the handwritten envelopes first because you can’t wait to see who has written and why? Or do you hold those letters aside to savor and enjoy after you are done sorting your bills and tossing the junk mail? Whatever your approach, you no doubt recognize the importance of the note that comes in a unique envelope with distinct handwriting and possibly a decoration or two. Indeed, in an age when even birthday greetings are sent by e-mail, the personal letter is appreciated more than ever before.
For those who enjoy writing notes, or those who value doing so but find themselves intimidated by the task, acclaimed calligrapher Margaret Shepherd has created both an epistolary tribute and rescue manual. Just as you cherish receiving personal mail, you can take pleasure in crafting correspondence. Love, gratitude, condolences, congratulations–for every emotion and occasion, a snippet of heartfelt prose is included, sure to loosen the most stymied letter writer.
Not only providing inspiration for the content of the missives, The Art of the Handwritten Note gives thorough instruction in the specific details that give so many men and women the jitters when it comes to correspondence that can’t (or shouldn’t) be produced on a keyboard. From overcoming illegible penmanship to mastering the challenge of keeping straight margins, avoiding smeared ink, and choosing stationery that is appropriate but suits your style, this is a powerful little guide to conveying thoughts in an enduring–and noteworthy–way.


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I enjoy writing and receiving hand written notes. - Goodreads
I found the book to have some very good advice. - Goodreads
Yet another book soon to be on my 'reference' shelf. - Goodreads
It makes me stop and think before I begin writing. - Goodreads

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I enjoy writing and receiving hand written notes. I found the book to have some very good advice. It makes me stop and think before I begin writing. I recommend this book and will use it as a reference guide. Read full review

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User Review  - Gobnait - Goodreads

This is a small agreeable book about the dos and don't of note writing. It is a quick read that conveys the easiest way to impress others, send a short handwritten note. Read full review

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Contents

The Handwritten Note IsAlive and Well
Good Reasons to Stop Making Excuses
Getting in Touch with Yourself and with Each Other
How to Express Who You Are on Paper
A Basic Recipe for Writing Any Note
Opportunities to Write the Note That Counts
Beyond the Note
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Margaret Shepherd is a noted calligrapher and author whose clients include numerous headliners. The author of thousands of personal notes and thirteen instructional books on calligraphy, including the bestselling Learning Calligraphy and the just published Learn Calligraphy (Broadway Books, 2001), she has exhibited her work in many museums and galleries. She lives in Boston.


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