Writing class

Telegraph Education: Putting pen to paper.

… handwriting has never been more modish. Everyone and their dog would appear to be having stationery designed.

The theory is that this is a recession thing: despite being destitute, we are making time for real relationships, and nothing says "human touch" more than the human hand. All of which leaves me facing a pressing personal challenge. With the right equipment, a spot of expert tuition and a degree of hard graft, can I at long last learn to write in a way that is legible? Is it possible to reform a writing refusenik?

The author of this article gets stationary designed, and has a handwriting lesson, in fountain pen, with a calligrapher. Handwriting has always been difficult for me, I write too fast and the letters don’t form properly. I was ambidextrous, and my teacher made me stop using my left hand. I write like a six year old with my left, because that’s the last time it got any serious practice, my right hand writes like a drunken spider. I keep a five year diary, written in fountain pen, and I have to work to slow down and make it legible.

I have a Lamy Al-Star fountain pen in my work bag, and a Sheaffer Prelude at home, both using Levenger bottled ink. I write much better in ink. I write much better when I slow down. I would love the kind of lessons mentioned in this article, but it comes down to time spent practising.

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