Letter Writing

Letter writing is the art of composing written messages from one person to another. Letter writing can encompass everything from personal correspondence and thank you notes to formal business letters and creative epistolary storytelling.

Description and How to Do It

To engage in letter writing, you need paper, a writing instrument, and a message you wish to convey. The process involves choosing the right tone and format for your audience, whether it’s a casual note to a friend or a structured business letter. Elements like handwriting, stationery choice, and personal touches (such as a wax seal or pressed flowers) can add to the experience.


  • Personal Connection: Fosters a sense of closeness and personal connection that digital communication often lacks.
  • Creativity: Allows for creative expression through the choice of words, paper, and embellishments.
  • Mindfulness: Encourages slowing down and reflecting, making the act of writing a meditative process.
  • Communication Skills: Enhances ability to express thoughts, feelings, and information clearly and thoughtfully.

Best Age to Start

Children can be introduced to letter writing as soon as they are able to write, around ages 5 or 6, beginning with simple thank you notes or holiday cards to family members.


  • Websites: Guides to letter writing etiquette and examples of various letter formats.
  • Books: “The Art of the Handwritten Note: A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication” by Margaret Shepherd (available on Amazon).
  • Stationery Shops: For sourcing quality paper, envelopes, and writing instruments.

Equipment and Costs

  • Writing Paper or Stationery: $5-$30, depending on quality and quantity.
  • Pens: $1-$20, ranging from basic ballpoints to fine fountain pens.
  • Postage Stamps: Cost varies by country and letter size/weight.
  • Optional: Sealing wax and seal stamps, stickers, or other decorative elements, $10-$50.

Starting Tips

  • Start with a purpose for your letter, such as catching up with a friend, expressing gratitude, or sharing news.
  • Practice your handwriting to ensure your letters are legible and personal.
  • Personalize your letters with anecdotes, drawings, or questions for the recipient.

Recommended Practice Frequency

Letter writing can be done as often as you like, with some people choosing to set aside time each week to write to friends, family, or pen pals.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Develop a distinctive personal style in both writing and presentation.
  • Master various letter formats, from personal to professional.
  • Engage in regular correspondence to build and maintain relationships through letters.

Notable Letter Writers

  • Jane Austen, is known for her insightful and detailed personal letters.
  • Ernest Hemingway, whose letters provide a glimpse into his thoughts and writing process.

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