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.

Hermann Zapf, noted typeface designer and calligrapher, passed away on June 4 at age 96. He was a mentor to our Guild, endowing a scholarship for students to learn our beloved art. Because of his generosity of spirit and funds, the Hermann Zapf Scholarship Fund is still active and has enabled many to continue their pursuit of calligraphy.


About the Washington Calligraphers Guild
Calligraphy classes in the Washington area

Freelance calligraphers ~ Hire a lettering artist
Graceful Envelope Contest ~ View winning entries
History of calligraphy, lettering and typeface design
Links to websites of interest
Meetings ~ Next meeting in the Fall
Membership information ~ How to join
Merchandise ~ Calendars, decals, clocks reduced

Scripsit ~ New issue on The Graceful Envelope
Workshops ~ Register for Fall 2015 sessions

Artwork by Sheila Waters for her series of articles in Letter Arts Review magazine



Hannah Holder

2015 Graceful Envelope Contest Winners!
View the winning envelopes in the Adult and Student divisions
This year's theme: "There's No Place Like Home"

Hannah C. Holder's entry (above) was judged Best in Show


Graceful Envelope Scripsit

The Fall 2014 Scripsit, devoted to the Graceful Envelope Contest, features color reproductions of 141 selected winning envelopes from 2009 through 2014.
> How to order
> List of artists in this issue

View the 2015 Graceful Envelope Contest winners


E-mail the Guild


Last updated on June 16, 2015 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 for the Washington Calligraphers Guild. Website: Lorraine Swerdloff