The Art of Writing Letters
Universal Letter Writing Week is held annually, this year it falls on January 8th – 14th. The intent of the week is to “encourage and foster the advancement of international understanding, better human relations, friendship, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of men and women of goodwill,” according to the International Society of Friendship and Goodwill.
Unfortunately, not many people write letters to friends and loved ones anymore, and it’s rather a shame, which is why today the Pine Valley Apartments Blog is highlighting Universal Letter Writing Week. Set up a space in your apartment and gather what you’ll need to write some letters. Make time this month to express your gratitude and love to someone. Find a friend that you haven’t talked to in awhile and let them know you’re thinking about them. A simple text might do the job, but a letter can mean so much more — texts eventually get deleted, letters are kept and get read and re-read. You could also write a letter to someone you see often but don’t normally express your gratitude to. You could also write to someone who lives far away from Elkton, MD to let them know how they’ve blessed your life and what a great friend they are to you.
How to Write Letters
Fit your letter to your audience. A cover letter or business letter needs to be written in a different style, tone, and format than a letter to a friend or a casual acquaintance. We recommend checking out the Purdue Online Writing Lab for advice on Writing the Basic Business Letter. The University of Wisconsin-Madison also has a great article on Writing Cover Letters.
Casual letters do not have to be held to the same form or structure as formal letters, but they generally begin with a greeting (Dear [Name]) and end with a closing (Thanks, Best, or Sincerely are all common closings). You can decide what goes between the greeting and the closing. Tell your reader about any significant events in your life, express your feelings, or write about future events you are looking forward to. Just remember to be sincere and honest. Write the date in the right-hand corner of the letter. Remember to include your signature with the letter as well.
Little Coffee Fox has a great article on “The Art of Writing Letters.” You can find that post here. A fun blog to follow about writing letters is 365 Letters — Write, Mail, Connect. The site author says this, “But, what better way to connect with the ones we love, to let them know that we think so much of them that we made time in our busy schedules to write a "real" letter?” What better way indeed! Happy letter writing week in January. Share your experiences, if you’d like, in the comments.