Tips for effective letter writing
Some forms of written communication are more effective than others.
While e-mails and form letters are fine, personal letters (perhaps even
hand-written) convey a stronger message. They demonstrate the importance
of your concerns by showing you went out of your way to make them known.
Writing a letter and making a follow-up phone call takes a few minutes,
but those steps ensure that your legislator knows just how you want to
When writing a letter, you should:
- Keep your letter short; a single page is best.
- Be concise and specific, but add personal touches on how your
selected issue impacts you and your family.
- The letter should include the following parts:
- Problem statement
- Proposed solution
- Conclusion and call to action
- Be sure to include all of your contact information (e.g., home
address, phone number, e-mail address), so your legislator can reply