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Write Now: The Complete Program For Better Handwriting Paperback – March 15, 2005

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"Dubay and Getty deserve the thanks of every teacher and every parent. It's a breakthrough at last!" -- Betty Edwards, PhD, author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

"Italic handwriting is legible and handsome. I recommend Write Now. Long live legibility!" -- Paul O. Jacobs, M.D.

"These two women are not your dad’s handwriting teacher. They are totally awesome!" -- Charles A. Kessler, M.D.

About the Author

Barbara Getty, B.A., M.A.T., was an adjunct professor at Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon, for 28 years, where she taught calligraphy and handwriting. She also taught at Lewis and Clark College. She attended Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University.

Inga Dubay, B.A., is an adjunct professor at the Oregon College of Art and Craft where she has taught calligraphy since 1975. She also taught at Portland State University. She studied at Mills College, the University of Oregon, and the Art Academy in Oslo, Norway.

The authors conduct seminars nationally and internationally. They are also co-authors of the Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting Series and Italic Letters: Calligraphy and Handwriting published by Portland State University Continuing Education Press. They have been featured in numerous publications including American Medical News, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post as well as ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, NPR and PBS.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Portland State Univ Continuing; Revised edition (March 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876781180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876781180
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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155 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Randall D. Watson on May 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
After a two page preface, this book gets right down to business. There is a quick introduction to the terminology used in the book followed by 2 pages of advice on writing tools and how to sit, hold the pen, and position the page. That is followed by a half page on the six essential characteristics of handwriting: shape, stroke sequence, size, slope, spacing, and speed.

This is first and foremost a workbook. You see the letters, trace the letters, and then copy the letters. Then you progress to copying sentences and full paragraphs. There isn't much in the way of theory here. Getty and Dubay show you what to do and then you practice. Repeat the same process for cursive and finally for edged italic.

Interspersed throughout are interesting asides about the historical development of writing as well as tips for practicing your own.

The overall focus is on ease of writing and reading, not on your ability to copy exactly the letterforms they have written. They recognize and discuss differences in size, spacing, slope, and speed. It is, after all, _your_ handwriting.

The most useful pages for me have been the overview page and the blank practice pages. The overview page shows how to write every letter, both capital and lower case, both in printing and cursive, all on one page. It is the page I open to when practicing. The practice pages with dotted lines for height of capitals and length of descenders have helped me develop a consistent width and height. I photocopy 5 every week and then fill a maximum of one page per night. This spreads out my practice time so I don't get burned out or bored with it.

I've had the book for about a month now and the improvement has been dramatic despite dedicating only a few hours a week to it.
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107 of 112 people found the following review helpful By B. Roach on August 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Yes! It works!

Write Now is an excellent tool for developing an elegant handwriting style; but it's also great if you'd just like to be able to read your own handwriting! High school(or even junior high) students will enjoy the course because it is designed for busy adults to use. It really gets right to the point; results are satisfying. I really can recommend this book
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124 of 138 people found the following review helpful By S. Bohm on July 10, 2007
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This book claims to improve your handwriting by providing excercises. This is actually the case. After going through a number of excercises (tracing and reproducing basic shapes and letters), my writing seemed to improve. However, from the 96 pages in the book, only pages 14-50 contain the actual excersises, the bulk of the book is formed by how our script developed, too many pages highlighting improvements of other book users, how to address an envelope etc.

All in all I think the amount of actual info you need to improve handwriting is too small for the price of the book. For people interested in this subject, go to [...] and find lots of excercises to learn write in Italic. Definitely more than you will get via this book, and its free!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hanson on January 21, 2009
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This book really turned my handwriting around.

I've been plagued by poor handwriting all my life, and though I've practiced and drilled my cursive for years, nothing seemed to make it legible. I would *often* have to re-write short one-sentence notes on PostIts several times so that they could be read. Without word processing, I would be almost completely a verbal-communication-only person. But personally and professionally, my handwriting needs to be legible, so I went looking for a solution, and, in large part based on the reviews in Amazon, got this book.

When I got the book, I worked on it for a couple of hours and saw improvement so rapid and noticeable, I charged on through most of the drills in the book in six days. The constant improvement was so noticeable, I was highly motivated to push through. I am still practicing on speed, and some of the more uncommon changes between letters, but I am more, far more, than satisfied with the result. And, yes, people can read my writing.

Here are what I think are some of the key points I found helpful --

1. The authors point out that the style of writing most of us learned in grade school (with lots of loops, with a capital "Q" that looks like a "2" etc.) was NOT designed for handwriting -- it was designed for engraving. The style of writing taught in this book removes the excess loops and squiggles and reduces the strokes to a near minimum. Note, however, that the style being taught is not new--it has been used for centuries (both my parents used it in their many handwritten letters).

2. In some cases, where transitions between letters might be difficult (like following a "w" with an "e") the book often give different ways to do it.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Macchiarella on November 9, 2007
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I bought this workbook among many others (including elementary grade penmanship workbooks) in search of something to help my 15 year old survive rejection with no credit on high school papers due to illegible handwriting. Every night he agreed to work for 20 mins as part of the teacher's agreement to receive typed work for credit in the meantime. The course appears to be written for adults, is interesting enough for that, and is do-able by a high schooler. It also contains lots of snippets of the history of handwriting through the ages and I find it is helping him tremendously focus on writing while providing interesting discussions. It is obviously prepared quite thoroughly and professionally. I'd give it an A+++.
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