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Charles Morrison Hand Writes Four Letters a Day, with Files of Hundreds of Writing Topic Inspirations

1 Oct

Dream of the day when your schedule yields enough time to include handwritten correspondence? We’ve just come across the amazing Charles Morrison, who devotes a few hours every morning to write (with a calligraphy pen and bottled ink) around 4 letters a day to a cycle of 106 people. He finds inspiration from hundreds of ideas he collects from his voluminous library of dictionaries. Charles has such a passion for writing that we’d simply love to shake his hand (in awe). Here’s the Creative Mornings talk on how he got started, his process, and why he enjoys it so. There are many great quotes in this lecture as well. When he said, “I love paper – I really love fine paper…” all of us here at European Paper were naturally aligned.

Check out the interview from The Seattle Times : 4,000 and counting: The handwritten letters of Shoreline’s Charles Morrison by Monica Guzman

What’s your favorite stationery to write letters on? We’d love to know!

7 Ways to Celebrate National Handwriting Day

23 Jan

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1) Practice your penmanship. No, seriously. The small things in today’s world have such an increased focus on them, that you’ll appreciate having nice handwriting when the time comes to write a thank you letter, sympathy note, or love letter.

2) Start a new journal if you don’t already have one in rotation. Need inspiration? Check out our blog post: 10 Ideas for a Journaling Jump Start (or just start writing about National Handwriting Day)!

3) If you have more than one notebook you journal in currently, go through each one and write a paragraph about this day/week.

4) Volunteer at your local elementary or middle school and help teach children how to improve their handwriting–and why it’s important! Check out Campaign for Cursive for more information. (h/t Canon-McmillanPatch)

5) Take your time, sit down with your favorite stationery or note card, and write that thank you letter you’ve been avoiding since the holidays. Here’s how: How to Write a Thank You Letter.

6) Did you know National Handwriting Day was created on the birthday of Declaration of Independence signer John Hancock? See his beautiful signature on Wikipedia and see if you can recreate it freehand

7) Never used a fountain pen before? Today’s the day! Learn how to write with a fountain pen!

Need more inspiration? Check out our blogroll for amazing snail mailers, pen & pencil aficionados, and writers galore HERE

And that’s just scratching the surface. What are some of your suggestions for celebrating National Handwriting Day? Leave them in the comments below!