Choose a purpose
Start with a reason and audience for your letter.
What is the goal of your letter? You can write a letter to:
- Share a story
- Retell something that happened
- Get news
- Seek advice
- Ask for information
- Give your opinion
- Thank someone
Who will be receiving your letter? A friend, a family member or somebody you don't really know? Remember, your audience will have an impact on the tone of your letter and determine whether it's friendly or formal.
You can brainstorm ideas to help you choose your topic.
Gather your information
You will always need to know the name and address or your recipient.
For a friendly letter, answer the following question:
- What is the news or story that I want to share?
For a formal letter, answer the following questions:
- What is the point of my letter? What is the information I want to communicate or find out?
Think about some of the letters you have read or received before you start writing your own. Here are some examples of friendly letters and formal letters you can read:
Write your letter
Use the Letter Planning Tools to help you write your draft – there are two for each type of letter so choose the one you like best:
Revise your letter
You always need to review your letter before sending it (by email, by post or in person) to the person who will be receiving it. Revise your letter by asking yourself the following questions:
- Are my ideas clear?
- Have I corrected all spelling and grammar mistakes?
- Have I included all the necessary elements (date, salutation, closing, signature)?
You can always ask your friends, your teacher or a parent to help you improve your letter. Use one of the tools below to help you:
Now, write your good copy!