How do I write a letter?
Letters are an important way of communicating our concerns. But we often find it hard to get started or to know how to actually write that letter.
This model can be used to write letters to Members of Parliament, Companies, TV stations, etc.
The style and content may vary depending on who you are writing to but some key elements are the same...
It is always important to remember to be POLITE...
Even though we may write on a topic where we may 'complain' or express firmly held views, we MUST do so with grace and love. 'Hate mail' is not acceptable.
If you have enjoyed a TV station's programs, you could say so BEFORE coming to the point of mentioning a particular program you dislike or are concerned about...
Companies and TV stations - and politicians DO listen to feedback and comment - but they do NOT listen to rude and abusive comments by letter or phone!!!!
A Guide to writing letters
In your letter, include:
1. Your name and address.
2. The date.
3. The name, title and address of the person you are writing to if you are writing a formal 'business type' letter.
4. If you don't know the name of the person write "Dear Sir", "Dear Madam" or "Dear Sir/Madam". If you do know the name, write "Dear Mr Jones", for example.
5. The first paragraph:
NB: If you are writing to your OWN elected Member of Parliament, it is important to tell them you are in their electorate!
6. Try and keep your letter to one page
7. Request action
8. Finish by asking for a reply
9. Close with
Sending an email
If emailing a letter most of these points still apply.