The Lost Art of Letter Writing |
Your shopping cart is empty.

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Course Starts

November 30, 2022

Course Time (CST)

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Course Type


Course Ends

December 7, 2022

Course Cost


In our world of dashed-off texts and emails, a thoughtful note or letter stands out. But what to say, and how to say it?

Join New York Times Bestselling memoirist and avid letter writer Marja Mills for “The Art of Writing Notes & Letters.” No need to fear a sympathy letter will fall flat or a thank you note will sound perfunctory. Each week, she’ll offer instruction and in-class writing prompts to help you to draft another note or letter you can be proud to send. They needn’t be long. Oftentimes, a note of a few sentences suffices, though letters have their place, too. Clarity and specificity rule, and wit is a plus. These tips apply to electronic correspondence, as well, of course.

An example: Don’t begin your note with “Thank you for...” Better to start by saying how you are using the gift or why you like it. Then thank the person. It avoids sounding like you’re just crossing the note off your “to do” list.

The class covers note and letter writing for a variety of situations: crafting a concise holiday message; marking a graduation, retirement or milestone birthday; offering a real apology; sending thanks; reconnecting with an old friend or associate; and more. You’ll read examples of notes and letters that do the job beautifully, and get some in-class practice.

Register Now!

CLASS SIZE: This virtual course is limited to 25 participants.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS COURSE? Visit our FAQ page or e-mail Operations Manager Matt Rezin.

DISCOUNT FOR ACADEMY MEMBERS: Members receive a 10% discount Member Rate on this course (discount applied during registration). Not an Academy member? Choose the "Member Rate + Membership" option during registration to receive your discount rate. Academy Members receive discounts on courses, contests, and ticketed events, as well as an annual subscription to Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine.


Marja Mills is a journalist and bestselling author. She teaches and consults on writing projects.

Her memoir, The Mockingbird Next Door, was a New York Times bestseller. It tells the story of her friendship with Harper Lee and her sister Alice in their Alabama hometown. Mills was a news reporter and feature writer at...

Read More

Contact Us

Follow Us

Wisconsin Academy Offices 
1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
Phone: 608.733.6633


James Watrous Gallery 
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608.733.6633 x25