Microsoft Publisher and Adobe’s InDesign are often used to create newsletters. But they both have a substantial learning curve, so to avoid the curve and stay on the road, just use Microsoft Word.

There are scads of templates in Word that are great for making newsletters. (“Scads,” by the way, is a technical term for “a whole lot.”) Substitute your words and pictures for those in the template and you’re ready to print. You could also save the newsletter as a PDF file, email it to people and save the printing and postage costs.

You can find more templates with a web search. One we liked a lot is from a “Brainy Betty” site. We’ve shortened the web address to: Betty also has a template for writing screenplays. Find still more templates at

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