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Lisa G

I've always loved your penmanship, Jenny. I have penmanship envy.


If you want to practice your lefty handwriting by sending me postcards or letters, I'll happily be your penpal.


As a kid in elementary school I used to get in trouble because of my messy handwriting on my homework assignment. It wasn't my fault though- I was a lefty and my hand would always smear the pencil or ink.


That's an interesting approach! I used to have students hand-write a news journal each week; when I tried converting it to an online project, it didn't work as well. And after six years of teaching magazine editing, it just occurred to me this semester to assign students handmade zines instead of just computer-designed publications (even though I've done research on handmade zines and even wrote an encyclopedia entry on them). They learn the same editorial skills in story conception, planning and selection, but they don't waste time fighting the design software.


Jennifer, just wanted to let you know that I've been inspired by this blog. This semester I'm having students write by hand every Thursday, in notebooks that I collect at the end of the week. Writing comments to them by hand is laborious but also fun. I find they write significantly better by hand (both grammatically and content-wise) than they do when they text or e-mail me.

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