My 9-year-old writes in cursive and practices daily on copywork pages I have made. I have used famous quotes from the history time period we are studying or she writes the Bible memory verses for that week. All dictation work is an opportunity to practice handwriting skills.
Standing up on the paper holder is KitKat’s laminated cursive chart. When she started learning her letter formation, she wrote with a whiteboard marker over the letters. Now she uses the chart for reference while she is working. (The paper holder is very helpful in saving space on the table while we all work.)
The girls all used pencil for all written work, but after their confidence grew, they received their “pen licence”! We hate the tipex mess, so they try very hard not to make too many mistakes. If there is too much stress over mistakes, I’d recommend that pencil work is quite acceptable and more practice will ease the transition. I even let the older girls use glitter pens for copywork if they want to make it look special.