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.

Holiday Card Exchange!

All skill levels can participate; the card exchange is to celebrate shared interest in calligraphy. Renew your calligraphy friendships and make new ones! Some participants send their cards in December and some like to send their cards in January. Traditionally, about 30 calligraphers participate. You can choose to send to everyone on the list, or to just half of the addresses. After the December 1, 2014 sign-up deadline has passed, everyone will receive an e-mail list by December 2 of the people with whom they will be exchanging cards. If you’d like to participate, send an email to Phyllis Ingram with the following information by December 1, 2014:
– Your name and address
– If you would like to send to all participants or only half
– If you will be sending your cards after Jan. 1


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
Meetings ~
Membership information ~ How to join
~ Perpetual calendars, decals, clocks reduced

Scripsit ~
Issue edited/designed by Michael Clark

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.


New Scripsit: Contemporary Book Arts

Nine contemporary book artists are featured in Scripsit Vol. 36, No. 1 (2014): David McGrail, Suzanne Moore, Nancy Leavitt, Elizabeth McKee, Yukimi Annand, Marina Soria, Eliza Holliday, Carol Barton and Susan Smith. Along with 36 pages of color images, editor/designer Michael Clark provides explanations from the artists about their techniques and design processes. How to order


E-mail the Guild

Last updated on November 21, 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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