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

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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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About the Author:

Barbara Getty, MAT, has taught calligraphy and handwriting for over 25 years, and elementary school for 14 years. She has been an instructor at Lewis and Clark College, Portland Community College and Portland State University (in Portland, Oregon), currently conducts workshops on calligraphy and italic handwriting, and was featured on CNN. She studied with Lloyd Reynolds and Jacqueline Svaren. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and published in International Calligraphy Today. She is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College, did postgraduate work at Portland State University, receiving her MAT from Lewis and Clark College.

Inga Dubay, BA, has taught calligraphy at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon, since 1975, and was Book Arts Department Head for six years. She also taught at Portland State University and has conducted numerous calligraphy and handwriting workshops across the country including several International Calligraphy Conferences. She studied at Mills College, received her degree from the University of Oregon, and did post-graduate work at the Art Academy in Oslo, Norway, the University of Oregon, and the University of California, Berkeley. She studied calligraphy with Lloyd Reynolds and Lois McClelland. Her work has been shown in national and international juried and invitational exhibitions, and has been published in Calligraphy Review, Martha Stewart Living and Lettering Arts.

Both authors travel all over the country giving seminars to physicians and medical professionals on how to write legibly.

From Library Journal:

Poor handwriting is a common failing. This book teaches italic handwriting, an attractive, simple script which, with practice, becomes a neat, legible hand. A history of the changes in letter forms over the ages is outlined. The text is hand-lettered rather than typeset, showing the simplicity and elegance of basic, cursive, and edged-pen italic. Pages with sloped and spaced lines may be copied for practice. After this slight book, a course such as the authors teach will appeal. This item can be recommended to anyone who wants improved handwriting, as well as to teachers and adult literacy tutors to instill neat writing along with reading. A caveat to purchasers: the advice "do write in this work book" will be taken by some as an invitation to deface library copies.
- William A. Donovan, Chicago P.L.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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