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Write Now: A Complete Self-teaching Program for Better Handwriting

ISBN: 9780876780893
Publisher: Continuing Education Pr. Portland State University
Publication Date: 1991-11-19
Number of pages: 96
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Write Now is a comprehensive one-volume program that teaches you to develop clean, elegant, legible handwriting, even for those who have always had difficulty with their penmanship. Write Now is being used nationally by the authors to teach seminars to physicians and medical professionals on how to write legibly. It incorporates the italic style which was developed in Europe about five hundred years ago as a practical and efficient style for everyday use, and is once again gaining popularity in schools worldwide.

The italic style in Write Now uses simple, aesthetic forms that are natural and rhythmic, and satisfy the need for both legibility and speed. It contains clear instruction with numerous examples and requires no special equipment – a regular pen or pencil will do. The book is designed to lie flat when open to make writing in it easier, and includes blank, ruled pages in the back that can be reproduced for extra practice.

Most of the styles taught in schools were developed in the 19th century and were designed using the ornamental copperplate engraving of that era as their basis. They abound with loops and flourishes and an extreme letter slope. Because of the rigors involved in mastering these shapes, it is often difficult to read. Italic avoids many of the pitfalls that cause illegibility, even when written in a hurry. There are no loops – only the basic letterform is used, with a slight, unexaggerated slope, making it extremely easy to learn and read. Italic handwriting encourages personal style without compromising legibility.

Achieving a distinctive, readable hand is surprisingly easy and can be mastered in as little as fifteen minutes a day. You’ll find Write Now easy to follow and full of step-by-step guidance and tips.

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