How to Learn Cursive as an Adult

You must sign most official contracts in cursive.

The penmanship of cursive writing is quickly becoming obsolete, thanks to the technological advances and conveniences of using computers to create documents. According to Illinois' Public Media outlet, Indiana's State Department of Education prefers for students to master keyboard use, as the agency has withdrawn cursive writing from the state's public school curriculum. Although some people view cursive writing as archaic, it's still an important part of life, as most companies still require people to sign legal documents in cursive. If you're an adult who wants to learn cursive writing, it's never too late.

Access websites specifically dedicated to cursive writing, such as KidZone or Handwriting Worksheets. Each resource provides free printable worksheets to practice cursive writing. You can also customize the printable. For example, when using Handwriting Worksheets' site, you can alter specific features on your printable, such as the cursive letter's size, color or trace pattern.

Go to a local bookstore and ask a store clerk to help you locate cursive writing practice materials. You can purchase blank writing tablets with pre-made lines or workbooks. Although most books might be located in the "Children's" or "Young Adult's" section of the store, adults can still utilize these invaluable resources.

Practice daily, if possible. Practice tracing the letters in pencil on the printable or in a booklet until you feel comfortable writing them in pen. When you first start writing in cursive, your print will not look perfect. Keep practicing, and in time your cursive writing abilities will improve. Once you've mastered writing single letters, you can move on to writing full words and sentences.

  • Contact a local library and ask if it offers writing workshops. Some libraries might use cursive writing as part of their writing curriculum.

Jalisa Summerville is a social worker and former high school occupational English teacher who began writing in 2006. She has written grants for nonprofit organizations serving underprivileged children. Summerville holds a Master of Social Work from East Carolina University.