Excerpt on letter writing from The Call to Write by John Trimbur:
“Letters are easy to recognize. They have a predictable format that usually includes the date of writing, a salutation (“Dear Jim”), a message, a closing (such as “Sincerely” or “Yours truly”), and a signature. There are many occasions for letter writing, and the genre of letters can be divided into a number of subgenres, such as personal letters, thank-you notes, email, text messages, business letters, letters to the editor, and letters of appeal. Nonetheless, letters are easy to identify because of the way they appear on the page, computer screen, or cell phone.”
The following is a list of helpful resources to help you get started on writing a letter.
- Adding Perspectives to Argument
- Audience and Purpose
- Business Letters
- Opinion Essays
- Rhetorical Analysis for Professional Documents
- Rhetorical Appeals
- What is a Genre and Why Should I Care
- Preparing a Personal Letter:PDF from Kent State University that provides overview and sample letters
- Goal: Write a Letter: Online chapter that outlines different types of letter, including personal letters
- How to Write Personal Letter: YouTube video
- Writing a Personal Letter: YouTube video
- Writing the Basic Business Letter: The Purdue Online Writing Lab explains basic business letter writing.
- The Writer's Handbook: Business Letter: Information on format from University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center.
- Specific Guidelines for Writing a Business Letter: Online handout from Gail Palmer at Georgia Tech.
- The Key Forms of Business Writing: Business Letter: YouTube video
- Sample Business Letters
Letter to the Editor
- Writing an Letter to the Editor (LTE): Handout with short overview.
- What Makes a Good Letter to the Editor?: Handout from Sierra Club
- Letter to the Editor: Handout from Duke University that defines genre and offers questions to consider
- Letter to the Editor: YouTube video
- Letter to the Editor: PowerPoint overview
- Memos: Overview from Purdue Owl
- Writing Effective Memos: Information from University of Maryland University College
- Writing a Memo: Handout from Bellevue College
- Good Memo Writing Guidelines: Hints and strategies from University of Cincinnati
- Purdue Owl: Memo Writing Part 1 and Part 2: You Tube videos