Writing Letters

Writing Letters :

In this page on letter writing, you will have an opportunity to investigate a special kind of writing that is particularly useful in your everyday life at home and at work. To create an effective letter, writer needs three sets of skills.

A good knowledge of mechanics (spelling, grammar, etc.)

The ability to structure good sentences and paragraphs

A familiarity with the conventions readers have come to expect when reading letters.

You have already had a lot of practice with the first two skills. The only one left to master is the conventions (arrangement of details) within the letter.

People communicate every day by telephone, computer e-mail, the Internet and that modern marvel the FAX machine where an exact copy of any document is transferred thousands of miles over telephone cables.

Does anyone still write letters?

The answer is a strong and definite YES. Letter writing is still important. It is sometimes easier to write down our feelings and thoughts than it is to speak them. It also remains less expensive to mail a letter to family or friends than to call long distance or pay for access to a computer and e-mail. For conducting personal business, such as requesting services from a company, complaining about products, applying for employment and contacting the editor of a local newspaper, letters remain the best and most effective way of getting the message across.

Letters, unlike phone calls, have several advantages. First, they provide a permanent record of what was said. Second, the writer has the time to carefully compose the message and the reader has the time to read it and reread it until the message is clear. As well, a letter can be kept on file and used as many times as necessary. Other forms of communication may not offer this advantage.

In the business world, letter writing continues to play a vital role. Letters flow regularly between offices, companies, and other organizations. Anyone can write a letter. However, it is important to learn how to write an effective letter…one that ensures that you will get what you want. You need to be taken seriously. You need to make yourself understood.

Certain styles of letters are required for certain occasions. When deciding what style of letter to write, consider the purpose of the letter, and the audience of the letter. If you are writing to a friend about your new job, for example, you would write a personal letter. If you are writing to a car dealership to complain about the number of times you had your car serviced, you would write a business letter.

Writing Letters


  1. Personal Letters
  2. Parts of The Personal Letter
  3. Types of Personal Letters
  4. Friendly Letters
  5. An Example of Friendly Letter
  6. Thank-You Notes
  7. Letters of Condolence
  8. Note to The Teacher
  9. Letters of Invitation
  10. Letters of Regret
  11. Folding Letters
  12. Addressing The Envelope
  13. Business Letters
  14. Essential Parts of A Business Letter
  15. Business Letter Formats
  16. Punctuation Styles
  17. The Body of A Business Letter
  18. Types of Business Letters
  19. Writing Order Letters
  20. Letter of Application
  21. Letter to The Editor
  22. Letters of Inquiry and Request
  23. Response Letters
  24. Letters of Complaint - 1
  25. Letters of Complaint - 2
  26. Folding Business Letters
  27. Inserting The Letter in The Envelope
  28. Size of The Envelope
  29. Addressing Envelopes
  30. Word Short Form
  31. Optional Parts of A Business Letter
  32. Typical Business Letters
  33. Business Letter Basics
  34. The Correct Business Letter Format - 1
  35. The Correct Business Letter Format - 2
  36. Job Search Cover Letters
  37. Reference and Resignation Letters
  38. Letter of Recommendation
  39. Advice for The Person Writing The Letter
  40. Reference Letter
  41. Character Reference Letter
  42. Advice for The Person Requesting The Letter
  43. Resignation Letter
  44. Thank You Letters
  45. Thanking Someone for A Business Favor
  46. Thanking A Customer
  47. Follow-Up from An Interview
  48. Sales Letters
  49. Confirmation Letters
  50. A Guide to Formatting Business Letters
  51. Parts of Business Letters
  52. Business Letter Formats
  53. Organizational Plans for Letters and Memos

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