Handwriting

Why it's important, the art of handwriting and more.
  • My First Pen Pal

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    To celebrate all things handwritten, Pen Heaven decided to see if the beloved pen pal still exists in today’s tech driven world.  The perfect, age-old means of communication for getting to know someone, learning more about their culture and country, pen
    pals were also very popular in schools in the 60s thru to the 80s – it was a way of encouraging the art of handwriting, whilst developing reading skills and learning a new language. Catering to all ages and nationalities, we asked some long standing…
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  • Writing to the World - Toby Little's Story

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    In June 2013, 5-year-old Toby Little was walking to school. Inspired by a children's book (A Letter to New Zealand, by Alison Hawes), he asked his Mum if he could write a letter to New Zealand, followed immediately by the question whether he could
    write a letter to every country in the world. Over the summer, Toby began writing - first to family friends, then to friends of friends, and finally to complete strangers, as the story of his project made it around the globe. Nearly three years later,…
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  • A Valentines Text Just Isn’t the Same

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    Can a Valentines text capture the same romantic gesture as a handwritten Valentines card? Can the digital replicate the romance of a handcrafted love note? At Pen Heaven we are always pondering the increased usage of digital communication at the expense
    of handwriting, and we believe both have their place. But when it comes to matters of the heart, the handwritten always wins. We asked some die hard romantics their opinion. The Anticipation  “I am a huge fan of the written word. I love stationary,…
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  • Christmas Card Etiquette

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    Christmas is all about tradition and what better way to articulate your well wishes to your nearest and dearest over the holiday season than with a classic handwritten card. Having been the art of expression and celebration since its first use back in
    1843, the humble card holds a lot more substance than its modern day electronic counterparts. A personally versed card shows gratitude and friendship, it tells someone you care and are thinking of them and it can be hung on the tree or given pride of…
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  • Notes on Great Note-Taking

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    Note taking is a vital life skill most of use throughout our lives, from school to university and work. Perhaps you have fond memories of brightly coloured highlighters, or not so fond ones of scribbling the few discernible words you could gather from your
    professor. Either way, notes are an essential tool in helping us make sense of the information we are presented with, which we can then remember at a later date. Good notes make utter sense when you return to them, with enough impact to be memorable.…
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  • Behind every successful person is a notebook full of ideas

    When it comes to giving out business tips, Richard Branson knows his stuff. And one of the founder of Virgin Group’s key recommendations is to use a notebook to keep track of goals, stay organised and jot down ideas. He says: “Anyone who aspires
    to lead a company must develop a habit of taking notes. I carry a notebook everywhere I go.” Pen Heaven’s Handwriting Matters campaign aims to highlight the importance of putting pen to paper and writing by hand. And it seems that writing in a…
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  • Handwritten letters which made history

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    Letters have been playing a crucial part in history for thousands of years. The first ever handwritten letter was thought to have been sent by the Persian Queen Atossa in around 500 BC, according to the ancient historian Hellanicus. Their popularity
    as a way of sending messages grew as more people became literate. Although electronic forms of communication have now largely taken over from the handwritten letter, it still holds a place close to our hearts. Research carried out by Pen Heaven found…
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  • Why Handwriting Matters to Us - The Exclusive Interviews

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    Writing by hand is a deeply personal act and means different things to different people. As part of our Handwriting Matters campaign, Pen Heaven spoke to various authors, artists, journalists, teachers, celebrities about why handwriting mattered to
    them. Author, screenwriter and video game designer Jordan Mechner is best known for creating the highly successful game franchise Prince of Persia, which he later helped adapt into a feature film. In 2013, his graphic novel Templar became a bestseller…
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  • Pen Heaven’s Handwriting Matters survey: The results revealed

    As part of the Handwriting Matters campaign to highlight the importance of putting pen to paper, Pen Heaven has quizzed 400 people in the UK about their handwriting habits. With so many gadgets making it possible to make notes or send messages without
    ever picking up a pen or pencil, there is a risk that people’s handwriting skills may be becoming a little rusty. Key Findings "Almost one in three people think their handwriting is terrible or needs improvement." "Men think their handwriting is…
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  • Why I’ll never give up my notebook and pen

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    Catherine Ball is a freelance journalist and copywriter with more than 10 years’ experience working for regional daily newspapers in the UK. As part of Pen Heaven’s Handwriting Matters campaign, she explains why she’ll never swap pen and paper for
    modern technology. For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed writing. I love the feel of putting pen to paper and making a lasting mark. For me writing isn’t just about conveying ideas, I enjoy the physical act of getting my thoughts out of…
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