Learn the Palmer Method of Business Writing

The Palmer Method, created by Austin Norman Palmer in the late 19th-century, started a new trend in American penmanship and went on to become the most popular handwriting system of the 20th-century.

Start learning the Palmer Method by reading the FAQs and watching the Intro Series.


The Palmer Method of Business Writing

The Palmer Method of Business Writing was published by Austin Norman Palmer in 1900 and is now available to download for free.

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Cover of The Palmer Method of Business Writing

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Excerpt from The Palmer Method of Business Writing

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Palmer Method?

The Palmer Method is a system of handwriting developed by Austin Norman Palmer in the late 19th-century. The Palmer Method was one of the most popular systems for teaching practical penmanship in America.

Sentence lessons from The Palmer Method of Business Writing
What makes the Palmer Method unique relative to modern times is that students were taught to write with the arm as opposed to the fingers. Writing with the arm can be executed for hours without fatigue, which was necessary in a world without typewriters and computers.

The style of writing taught by the Palmer Method was not unique. Many other books taught similar methods of writing. Collectively, these methods of writing were called “practical penmanship” or “business penmanship”.


How long does it take to learn the Palmer Method?

There are two aspects to learning the Palmer Method: 1) studying the letterforms and 2) learning how to write with the arm.

You may only wish to study the Palmer Method letterforms and not develop the traditional arm movement for execution. In this case, you can learn the Palmer Method in a matter of weeks or months, depending on your existing handwriting skills. If this is you, check out the free online course at ConsistentCursive.com.

If you also wish to learn the arm movement portion of the Palmer Method, you will need to spend significant time developing the muscles in your arm for writing. Typically students require six months to one year of consistent practice to fully understand and execute the Palmer Method.

Get a little help learning the Palmer Method by watching the Palmer Method Intro Series.

Start Learning The Palmer Method Today

Watch the Intro Series and be guided through the process of learning the Palmer Method by a dedicated student and instructor of traditional American penmanship.