Improve Your Handwriting with Susie Deane

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Improve Your Handwriting with Susie Deane

Over the course of eight lessons, we will diagnose your current handwriting and where you might want to improve. We will be looking at your pen hold and posture, as well as, what we write with, the shapes we make, plus the strokes that join letters. We’ll aim for a consistent, legible handwriting style that expresses you and your individuality. The course also includes a section to help left handers.

About the Tutor

Susie Deane trained in calligraphy at the Roehampton Institute in the early 1990s. She runs her own freelance calligraphy business and teaches calligraphy courses as well as handwriting. Past clients including the BBC, Ford, Society of London Theatre (Olivier Awards), Windsor Castle, and City Livery Companies.

What you Get

On-demand videos: eight video lessons to watch any time

Live online session: “Meet the Tutor” Q&A with Susie Deane

Audio: listen to the lessons in podcast form

Notes: in your printable notes you’ll find ruled sheets, writing exercises and handwriting samples.

Exclusive course forum: chat and share your thoughts on the course with fellow Academy members

Quiz: test what you’ve learned with our fun self-assessment quiz

Certificate: when you pass the quiz you will be sent a personalised Idler Academy Certificate of Completion

Course Outline


(2 minutes)

Lesson One: Preparing to Write

(8 minutes)

Lesson Two: Diagnosing your Writing, Pen Control, and Tips for Left Handers

(8 minutes)

Lesson Three: Construction of Letters, and Common Mistakes

(13 minutes)

Lesson Four: Joining Letters

(8 minutes)

Lesson Five: Capitals, Punctuation Marks, Numbers

 (6 minutes)

Lesson Six: Layout

 (8 minutes)

Lesson Seven: Different Styles of Writing

 (6 minutes)

Lesson Eight: Analysis of Video Clips of People Writing 

(11 minutes)

Meet the Tutor: Susie Deane (Wednesday, 29 May, 6-7pm)

Join Susie and fellow students for an online Q&A session via Zoom on Wednesday, 29 May 2024 at 6pm. Register for this event in the course forum.

Idler Academy and Digital Academy members will receive an invitation to this exclusive event. You will find more information and a booking link on the course page.

A recording of the Meet the Tutor session will be added as an extra lesson after the event.