Friendly Letter Writing, by parts
All information in the heading
goes at the top, just under the margin, on the right hand side of the page; the end of the longest line should
touch the edge of the margin, the rest of the lines should begin at the same place the
longest line begins.
- Street address
- City, state, ZIP code
- Write out the date (letter was written)
- DO NOT include sender's name!
The salutation starts at the
left margin. Skip at least one line after the heading.
- Skip one line after salutation
- Indent 1/2"
- Write paragraph - only one main topic/idea per
paragraph. This usually works out to between 1-8 sentences per
- Don’t skip lines between paragraphs (unless you're
double-spacing the entire letter)
- Indent 1/2" & start new paragraph
- Repeat as necessary
The closing should align with
the end of the salutation, or should be just to the
left of center, after the body of the letter.
- Skip one line after the body
- Line up beginning of closing with the end of “Dear”
- Write your word/phrase, capitalizing each word (Sincerely, Yours
Truly, Your Friend, etc.)
- Write a comma
Your signature should be
centered on your closing.
- Sign your name in cursive; your first name should be
enough, because this is an informal writing, and thus should only go to
someone who knows you well.
- Use two or three lines - be large, like John Hancock
- Make it legible, not a scribble
- Skip one line after your signature
- Write “P.S. - ” using capital letters and proper
- Write your post script
- [Note: “post” means “after,” “script” means “writing”; a
post-script is something added after writing the rest of the letter. If you
wished to add a second annotation, it would be a post-post-script (after the
writing you did after writing your letter), so it would be “P.P.S.”]
When Finished: You should fold your finished friendly
letter into three even sections, then place it in a proper
envelope. If your friendly
letter does not fit into your envelope, you can fold it so that it will fit.
Click here to see a PowerPoint
presentation on the friendly letter format