... 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.

After triming away all of the complexity, a practical writing technique for a busy student emerged. Jot made studying a breeze, and I'm ever so thankful.

I've been using Jot for over 40 years. I say "if you can spell it, you can Jot it, and if you can't spell it, fake it."

Also, my usual writing speed is 85 to 87 WPM. That's plenty fast for personal note-taking.

Finally, I love to praise my Lord Jesus Christ for delivering me from my weaknesses. It's only by His grace this project was completed. 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.

Many of the recent improvements to Shorthand (Teeline) and Speed-writing (Jot) are similar. Interestingly, they were developed 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. 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.