WCG logo by Sheila WatersFounded in 1976, the Washington Calligraphers Guild is a nonprofit organization of 550 U.S. and international lettering artists of all skill levels, from professional scribes to enthusiastic beginners and non-calligraphers who appreciate the lettering and book arts.

New Scripsit: Graceful Envelope

The Fall 2014 Scripsit, devoted to the Graceful Envelope Contest, features color reproductions of 141 selected winning envelopes from 2009 through 2014.
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About the Washington Calligraphers Guild
Calligraphy classes in the Washington area

Freelance calligraphers ~ Hire a lettering artist
Graceful Envelope Contest ~ 2014 winners announced
History of calligraphy, lettering and typeface design
Links to websites of interest
Membership information ~ How to join
~ Perpetual calendars, decals, clocks reduced



John Stevens

by John Stevens


Artwork by Sheila Waters for her series of articles in Letter Arts Review magazineThe word calligraphy comes from the Greek kalli meaning beautiful and graphia referring to writing, and calligraphers today still emulate the elegant letterforms of scribes throughout the centuries. Even in an age of computer-generated type, this ancient craft is flourishing, but it is also evolving. Calligraphy is now a respected visual art, the creative expression of the written word.


Many elementary schools across the United States have dropped cursive instruction. Watch the PBS Newshour report Is cursive handwriting slowly dying out in America? featuring WCG member Shane Perry, a calligraphy instructor at the Smithsonian Institution.

On our website: The scribes who wrote out this nation's the founding documents and a brief history of calligraphy, lettering and typeface design


E-mail the Guild

Last updated on December 17, 2014 by the Washington Calligraphers Guild
P.O. Box 3688, Merrifield, VA 22116

WCG logo at top and "Calligraphy" above by Sheila Waters. The "abcxyz" artwork displayed along the left side of every page of this website is © Charlie Hughes.

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