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  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076792827X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767928274
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Coming from a long line of letter writers this work was just my cup of tea! Letter writing, I mean true letter writing, in this case, the personal letter, is an absolute art form; one that has been practiced for many years. It hit its zenith during the Victorian Era and pretty well held its own until the arrival of the personal computer, email and texting.

Now the personal letter, as this work quickly points out, is different than business letters, memos, notes and such. I have been writing business letters since I was sixteen years old. As a matter of fact I have spent a life time writing business letters, directives, orders, instructions, etc. I can honestly say that I did not truly enjoy writing even on of the thousands upon thousands I churned out over the decades. Not so the personal letter!

The author of this undersized and well designed book, Margaret Shepherd has given us a true delight; a read that needs to be cherished and read again and again. This is not some stuffy English Book filled with directions in grammar and punctuation; no, this is a book that helps you become a crafter, a designer, an artist via the written word. Yet, it does give sound advice...more about that later.

This work begins with the discussion of the various writing instruments available to us today. Of course the pencil and ball point pen are at the bottom of the food chain here with the luxury fountain pen being at the top. I remember my grandmother, a fine lady who was raised in a strict Victorian family. She always felt that the arrival of the ballpoint pen was one of the first harbingers of the downfall of civilization. In her own lady like way, she was rather harsh when speaking of these "awful things." Perhaps she may have been correct.
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When I first saw this book in the library, my reaction was, "Who needs help writing a personal letter?" After all, in my business I prescribe guidelines for promotional writing. But personal? I say, "No rules."

But I feel compelled to read books about writing so I picked up this book. And it turns out I was wrong about personal letters. As I read through this delightful book, I realized that most of us don't know how to write personal letters that communicate effectively.

Shepherd walks the reader through the steps to writing a personal letter. She even gives advice -- good advice -- on choosing a pen and improving your handwriting.

Most important, she shares good advice about dealing with specific situations, including the break-up letter (establish some distance) the advice letter and the letter to someone "who is away." If anything I wish these sections had been longer. I especially liked the advice on writing to someone in the military: don't use flowery notepaper when writing to someone in Marine Corps boot camp. I've heard stories of recruits who had to eat some of those letters (literally).

I am tempted to give this book to friends who send me a holiday letter every Christmas season. I always dread opening that letter and now I know why. Shepherd advises us to make those letters interesting. Don't just brag about accomplishments of yourself and your kids; tell us the downside, too.

The only areas where I disagree with Shepherd are related to appearance of the letter. I vote for black ink on white or cream paper, no matter how offbeat your own personality may be. If it's too hard too read, I won't get beyond the first line. I would rather have a nice word-processed letter that's easy to read than a hand-written scrawl.
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I have been teaching creative writing for the last twenty years. Over the last three years I have worked with young girls at a small private middle school for refugee families from Africa. It's amazing how quickly they can pick up on e-mail and texting. My fear was that they would never know the joy of writing a note or a hand written letter. I am a watercolor artist and create notecards (backofthemoonnotecards.com) and I decided to run a workshop having the girls create their own notecards and learn how to write a note and address it.

After having read Ms. Shepherd's book, I knew it would be the perfect instructional tool. She has been extremely supportive and I truly apprecicate her help and encouragement.

The workshop begins in the beginning of March. I know it will be a great success because I have the perfect guide.

Mary Mullett-Flynn
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The personal letter is a lost art in this day of quick e-mails and instant messaging. "The Art of the Personal Letter: A Guide to the Connecting Through the Written Word" is a guide to bringing back this lost skill and putting it to its best use, and doing what the internet can't do, provide personality and feeling through the words. With advice and tips to making one's letter something to be cherished and loved, "The Art of the Personal Letter" shows that snail mail isn't dead yet and still has quite the value in the world of fast communication.
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Great book! Only "trouble" is I do not Write emails. Just regular letters, because I find it more personal and simply because I was corresponding since age 17(am 41 years old now). There are great advices in this book. Yes I do have special Parker pen for letters. The Author she written many books before and it's one more of her remarkable books. There are some great advices in the book like choosewriting format and proof reading a letter as well as analyzing the writer's artistic Choices or ingrained habits that accentuate who they are. I find it important to always refer's to the writer and than to me and try to ask why he/she like particular artist and just respond them, because far too many people Write almost entirely on themselves and only than remember you exist. Writing is an art, and Margaret's book is precious tool to learn from. It got honourable place in my book shelf. so here's a '5' stars!
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