"The lost art of handwriting is one of the few ways we can uniquely express ourselves. There’s something poetic about grasping a writing instrument and feeling it hit the paper as your thoughts flow through your fingers and pour into words. So, the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) suggests you take advantage of National Handwriting Day on January 23 and use a pen or a pencil to rekindle that creative feeling through a handwritten note, poem, letter or journal entry.
Handwriting allows us to be artists and individuals during a time when we often use computers, faxes and e-mail to communicate. Fonts are the same no matter what computer you use or how you use it. Fonts lack a personal touch. Handwriting can add intimacy to a letter and reveal details about the writer’s personality. Throughout history, handwritten documents have sparked love affairs, started wars, established peace, freed slaves, created movements and declared independence."
Also, this year National Letter Writing week will be from January 9th through 16th per the National Mailing System (although another blog has it from January 9-15 and yet another site calls it National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week from Jan.8-15).
You may also find this video about how handwriting is taught in France interesting - they seem to put much more emphasis on penmanship than we do here in California:
Now, go write a letter. :-)