They say adults don’t need good handwriting anymore: if your handwriting is truly terrible, you can always just type whatever it is you need to communicate.
I disagree. Maybe good handwriting is no longer an essential life skill, but there’s still a place for handwritten correspondence (not to mention the thank you note), and besides, I’d like to be able to actually read my own handwriting on my grocery list.
It turns out I’m not the only adult who feels this way.
But plenty of adults have horrible handwriting these days. Many of us never learn to write well in the first place: cursive is being dropped from the curriculum, and even print is rarely taught past the age of third grade. (It’s hard to believe that until the 1970s, handwriting was its own subject until 6th grade!)
So what’s a grown-up in need of remedial handwriting instruction to do?
It turns out there’s quite a market for adult handwriting instruction, much of it self-directed and available on Amazon for twenty bucks or less. Among those programs, one of the most recommended is Fix It Write.
This simple system, created by handwriting guru Nan Jay Barchowsky, consists of hole-punched, loose leaf sheets with instructions and lessons, for either print-script or traditional cursive. Most students are striving for a neater or more sophisticated hand; the desperate just want their writing to be legible.
Fix It Write earns its cult classic status because of the raves it draws from its small core of diehard fans. But I’m wondering if cursive itself will be the cult classic a few years down the road?
(I’m always tempted to try Fix It Write when I stumble across a mention. Some days I like my handwriting just fine, but some days it’s a mess, and I’d love to have more beautiful handwriting. I finally ordered my own set. Amazon is delivering my pages tomorrow–I’ll let you know how it goes!)
Are you happy with your handwriting? Have you ever tried this program, or would you consider it?
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This is the twenty-third post in a series, 31 Days of Cult Classics. You can click here to see a list of all the posts, updated everyday in the month of October.