... About Jot
About The Author


Doc Dwight


I'm Dwight Holzworth, developer of Jot.

I once was a struggling college student with problems reading my own class notes.

One day a kind Christian friend gave me a book about speedy writing.

Speedy writing had some really good parts. Others were not so good. I trimmed away all of the complexity, and "Jot" was born. Jot made studying a breeze and paved the way for as much success as one could hope for. I think you'll love it.

I've been using Jot for over 40 years for medical research, software development, and personal journaling applications. It's simply unbreakable. If you can spell it, you can Jot it. If you can't, just fake it. It comes out alright. The best part is ... I can read everything I've ever written. People writing in shorthand almost never say that!

Teaching Jot on the computer has been a forever hobby of mine, since the early 1980s. It's with a genuinely greatful heart that I get to present it over the web.

Lastly, I would like to send a special prayer of thanks to my Lord Jesus Christ, who guided me to the completion of this project. All glory belongs to Him.

About Jot


Jot is a collection of simple writing tricks you can use to pack more information into your notes. It's perfect for school, business, and a multitude of personal tasks.

Jot's Family Tree

Shorthand is the grandfather of all modern "speed systems" of writing. It is the fastest, most difficult to master of all writing systems.

Speed-writing systems began to emerge in the early 1900's. Speed and complexity are moderated by the use of the cursive alphabet.

Teeline was developed in 1968 by James Hill. Teeline eliminated complex phonetic spelling used in traditional shorthand.

Jot was developed in 1976 by Dwight Holzworth. Jot eliminated complex phonetic spelling used in traditional speed-writing.

It is interesting to note that the improvements of Teeline and Jot are very similar. But, they were developed completely independently on different continents, without the influence of the internet.

Personal Testimonials


Zero to Hero

When I began to use Jot in the classroom my grades began to rise. Soon I was regularly hitting the highest marks in the class. I wasn't working harder ... just smarter. My notes now contained everything the instructor wanted us to know.

The more I studied my notes, the better my grades became. I began underlining them using different crayon colors to separate topics, and jotting study outlines and flashcards. From that point on, everything became easy.

Making Cents Out Of Class Notes

While studying at college, my class was looking for ways to raise money to cover social expenses, so I typed notes from one of my classes and we sold them through the college bookstore. We never had to collect fees again.

By graduation we had saved enough money to put a nice grandfather's clock in the college library. My notes were donated to the college, and at last report they were improved by others using modern fonts, images, and other segments of the spine.


If the Jot story ended here, I would be leaving out the best part - your part.

So let me request this one small favor: Let Jot work for you. Then drop a line to let us know how you're using it.