Personal Letter Writing Format


Finding a suitable format for your letter can be confusing if you consult textbooks or look around at examples online.

As an expert in this area I have done a lot of research into the subject over the years and have found that there is no single overall international standard for formatting letters.


So, after studying the literally dozens of letter writing formats out there, I developed a couple of my own letter writing standard formats; one for personal letters and one for business letters (a third one for business memos as well).

My criteria for these letter formats were: 1.) simplicity, and 2.) balanced presentation that is pleasing to the eye.

Below is my format for writing “personal letters” that are NOT formal business letters related to your company or organization.

These are formal or semi-formal personal business letters for situations in which you are writing your letter, as an individual to: a business, an institution, a government department or agency, or another person.

Following is the personal letter writing format that I recommend:

Personal Letter Writing Format

Personal Letter Format - Sample

The above format is used for personal business letters such as: complaint letters to retailers, letters of inquiry to companies, responses to requests for information from government agencies, letters to banks and credit card companies, letters to school officials, etc. These are typical examples. Essentially, it is any letter that you would want to write in a somewhat formal fashion that is related to any type of personal business.

If you are looking for professionally written pre-formatted letter templates for just about any personal or business situation you will want to check out my letter writing kits:

For Personal Letters:
Instant Letter Writing Kit contains more than 100 real life letter downloadable templates for general personal letter writing situations. Also includes over 200 pages of letter writing tips, techniques and information. You can instantly download the templates (MS-Word) and revise them as you please.
Instant Letter Writing Kit

For Business Letters:
Instant Business Letter Kit contains more than 125 professionally written full-length downloadable letter templates for real-life business situations. It also includes over 200 pages of letter writing tips, techniques and information. You can instantly download the templates (MS-Word) and revise them as you please.
Instant Business Letter Kit

In addition to the above format for "personal letters", you may also be interested in some of the other typical letter formats, depicted elsewhere on this site, that are usually used in pure business situations:
Other Letter Formats



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