We now live in a world of instant communication. Emails. Texts. Entire messages can be sent using a 'text speak' of abbreviations and numbers. Sometimes I wonder if it's really 'gr8' or simply 'gr8ing'!
Write Back Soon! takes a stand against this quick-fire trend, encouraging us to once again enjoy what it feels like to handwrite a note, postcard or letter. To craft words that can be sent via snail mail. To touch the heart of a friend or relative with a lasting connection. As Karen Benke writes:
A handwritten letter, with its one-of-a-kind look and style, can be returned to and read (and appreciated) again and again. The giving of a note or letter is a tactile gift for both giver and receiver … It's during the formation of a letter and in the waiting for a response that we feel the wonder, anticipation, and ultimately the joy that our words are going to be 'met' by a friend.
Write Back Soon! is packed full of fun exercises, tips and cues to inspire your writing. There are also notes from some of Karen's favourite writers — from Neil Gaiman to Ava Dellaira — sharing what handwriting letters means to them. The result is not only a fabulous classroom resource, but also a great book for anyone needing a little inspiration to pick up a pen and unleash their creativity as they connect with others.
Title: Write Back Soon!
Author: Karen Benke
Publisher: Roost Books, $29.99 RRP
Publication Date: October 2015
For ages: 9+
Type: Activity Book, Non-Fiction