GROWTH CHART of a student's handwriting

This series of handwriting-samples appears with the gracious permission of its author, technical writer and poet Keith Deshaies.
The samples show this student's progress during three months, working entirely by himself with suggestions and materials-recommendations provided by me "long-distance" (via e-mail and phone.) Note that samples for some dates show Keith experimenting with more than one writing-tool and/or writing technique. I encourage students to try various techniques and tools in order to see for themselves what works best for them. When I say tools it could be a simple as finding the right pen or pencil.

February 9, 2004 -
Letter 2/9/2004


February 10, 2004 -
Note 2/10/2004


February 11, 2004
(copying an essay for practice: I encourage my students to find and copy material that appeals to them) -
Eloquest Listening by Steve Leveen
        2/11/2004


February 12, 2004 (copying a catalog entry for practice) -
2/12/2004 Catalog


February 14, 2004 (copying an essay for practice) -
Power of Nothing by Steve Leveen
        2/14/2004

February 18, 2004 (copying an essay for practice) -
Gift of Journal by Steve Leveen
        2/18/2004


March 8, 2004 (copying a Shakespearean sonnet for practice)
Shakespear Sonnet 57 3/8/2004

also March 8, 2004 - the student uses his new handwriting to write original poetry
Storm by Keith Deshaies


April 6, 2004
(using various fountain pens to copy the back-cover text of a handwriting book I had recommended to him) -
4/6/2004 Back Cover Write Now


April 29, 2004 (snailmail from this student) -
4/29/2004 snail