Benefits of MLA Letter Format _ One of the benefits of MLA letter format is that letter writers have a basic format by which to write a professional letter. There are many other formats that seem too complex for letter writers. The MLA letter format gives individuals from all walks of life a chance to write some form of a professional letter to anyone, from editors to employers to friends and family. Another benefit of the letter format is that it takes the MLA style structure and applies to what many deem a "non_academic" writing form. MLA, like APA, CMS, Turabian, and others, has always been considered an academic writing format. Many consider these formats to be only for students of various disciplines; those who were neither in college nor considering academia did not need to consume themselves with paper formats. Today, however, MLA style is not only a format for academicians, but also a format for all of humanity. Virtually anyone can familiarize himself or herself with MLA letter writing. It may even help individuals who later enroll in college. If they are familiar with the MLA letter format, writing according to Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines may not be such a hard adjustment. All in all, the MLA letter format markets itself well to the consumer. Its flexibility in use for both academicians and the hoi polloi is the stronghold that will keep the Modern Language Association handbook around for a long time.
Since the MLA style applies to research papers, there are formatting guidelines that can also be applied to letter writing. What are some of these guidelines? First, in the same way that a student is to write his or her name, course name and number, and professor at the left_hand corner of the paper, letter writers are to place their street, city, and zip code at the top right_hand side. After the zip code, they should place the date (month, day, and year; for example, "June 3, 2008") on which they wrote the letter (students place the date on the left_hand side after the course name and number but before the professor's name). The location to place identification information is different (left vs. right), but the identification information still goes to the top of the page. Next, the letter writer should place the recipient's address beneath the date. Like the addressee, the recipient's address should include street, city, and zip code.