• An apology letter is important to learn how to write for the following reasons: it tells how you feel, it gets a point across, and it helps you practice good writing techniques.
  • Writing an apology letter takes a lot of hard thinking about you're and other's feelings. When you go to apologize to someone you want to make sure that you say/write the right words to satisfy that person's emotions. Sometimes it is hard for us to accept an apology from others; that's why when writing this type of letter, it is very important that you prove to this person that every word you say comes from your heart and is really meant to be accepted. (In other words, you really mean what you say.)
  • Another important step is to let the reader know your point in the letter or the reason for deciding to write them this letter. (For example: The reason I write this letter to you Bill is because...) This tells the reader that you are about to make a strong point. In this step you want to make sure that the reader understands what the point is, and/or what it is that you are striving for. (For example: I want you to understand that this is to save our friendship...)
  • The next thing that needs to be acknowledged is not only what the problem is but how to solve it. Let the reader know that you were wrong and that you are sorry. What can you do to make it up to that individual? Then you wait for a strong reply. At this point you should be able to tell whether or not you have made the right decision. (Do you feel you have done the right thing?)
  • An apology letter can have a positive effect on your writing techniques. Expressing you opinion and creating you own style of writing is the best way to learn good writing techniques. An apology letter does not have any particular rules on how to write them; therefore, the simplest way to understand is to tell how you feel. Just do it!


Example of an Apology Letter

Dear Felicia,
    The past few days I've done a lot of hard thinking about what happened last week. I want you to know that everything that I'm about to say is coming from the bottom of my heart. I know that it will be very difficult for you to accept my apology, but I want you to think about our friendship as well.
    First off I have acted in a most disrespectful way towards you lately. I have no excuse for this. I was angry and hurt by something you had nothing to do with.
    The main reason I decided to write you this letter is because our friendship is too valuable to lose over a silly argument. I feel that I could have handled the situation in a better way, but quite frankly, the way you ran away from me, you never gave me a chance to speak. I hope this letter will give us both a chance to understand one another better.
    I admit that I was wrong for telling you that you were dumb, but the reason for that is I did not agree with what you were saying. I should never have insulted you in this way. I guess I am just a loud mouth at times. I am not good at communicating with girls. I am really sorry for calling you that. I had no right to do this. I want you to know that I am very sorry and this is a special letter from me to you, saying that I need you back as a friend!
    We have had a lot of really good times together. Beginning in grade primary when you buttoned my coat for me when I couldn't! Then in grade three I will never forget how you always shared your sandwich with me when I forgot my lunch at home. I know, I know, I am so forgetful! I have cherished our competition every step of the way. Although, I did leave you win a few! Not! You have always encouraged me to do better and have been there when I needed things explained to me. You are such a Math whiz! I think that's why I envy you and sometimes my envy makes me say things that are definitely not true. You are really smart. I lot smarter than I am.
    Friends like us need to stick together. We need to stay united against the bullies in the school.

        I know your friends are also curious as to why we haven't been hanging out together. I have to admit they are being a bit catty about the whole thing. I can't walk out of class without someone yelling, "Where's Felicia? Still friends? Ahh, she's not your friend anymore? Poor David! Such a loser."

    It's getting really miserable to come to school. I'm sure you're feeling the same too. We don't even have to hang around each other all that much, if you don't want to.        

    Let's just be friends sometimes and end this craziness that is going on.

Please write me back.
Hoping you'll forgive,