I’ve known handywrite shorthand for a number of years, and finally decided that I should learn shorthand proper, ideally with the best bang/buck ratio, as well as minimal amount of initial learning, with being able to ramp up the amount I learn later, as time permits. I settled on Gregg shorthand, Anniversary Edition.
In hunting the net in the hopes of learning Gregg, I’ve found a bunch of PDFs that I’ve found helpful. As far as I’ve been able to tell, all of them are out of copyright and/or directly linked. If anyone finds different, please let me know. The ones I was able to figure out where I got them are linked, with local copies (when I believe permitted) in the event that the target site goes away.
From Angelfishy, the two resources I’ve used most:
- The Anniversary Edition Book – if you buy only one book, this is probably it.
- Gregg Shorthand Dictionary [local copy] – probably a close second, mostly because I use it to correct the outlines I write that are not part of the lessons above.
A few other very useful resources:
- Notes on Lessons In Gregg Shorthand [local copy] – if you were to teach it, this is how you might do it. The insights it provides are very valuable to the learner lacking a living, breathing teacher.
- Progressive Exercises With Key – good for self study exercises, again synced to the lessons in the manual. It has execises to make outlines from specific words as well as transcription from text, and transcription from outlines. You’ll need to register with the website owner to download it.
- Gregg Speed Studies – for pre-anniversary, but should suffice well enough if you don’t have the print version which I’d still recommend (thus far).
Also from Angelfishy:
- Fundamental Drills [local copy] book has a lot of well written shorthand for learning how to read shorthand, synced to the lessons in the manual.
- 20 Shortcuts to Shorthand Speed [local copy]
- I call it Gregg In A Nutshell, a synopsis of Gregg forms.
Additionally, archive.org has a number of resources and books written in shorthand that you may find useful.
- How to Mark and Dictate Material – So you want to make dictation material from printed works? This shows you how to do it.