Composition Writing Studio

Writing Letters

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.


Personal/Open Letter

Business Letter

Letter to the Editor



Last Updated: 6/27/22