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The Washington Calligraphers Guild is a thriving organization of more than 400 letter lovers of all skill levels, from professional scribes to enthusiastic beginners and even some non-calligraphers who appreciate the lettering and book arts. Founded in 1976 by internationally known calligrapher Sheila Waters and a group of her students, the Guild is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that promotes all aspects of the lettering arts and related crafts. Membership is open to anyone regardless of calligraphic ability. We are recognized as one of the most active groups in the world, as evidenced by our international membership roster, acclaimed journal Scripsit, and sponsorship of the Graceful Envelope Contest, now in its 28th year.

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Latest Scripsit


Vol 46 No 1, Spring 2024

Is graffiti vandalism, or is it a vibrant art form? Eight writers illuminate this question, including Luca Barcellona, whose students analyzed graffiti's strokes like classical calligraphy. Other articles show how graffiti differs geographically, through the decades and paralleling hip hop. The 36-page issue was edited by Joanna Homrighausen.

Members receive our journal or it can be purchased.

Upcoming Programs & Workshops

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Statement of Purpose

The Washington Calligraphers Guild, Inc., exists to promote the appreciation of calligraphy, its history and applications; to foster a wider understanding of calligraphy as an art and as a science; to conduct studies, to undertake research, and to carry out education programs directed toward these ends.
Writing needs meaning, whereas calligraphy expresses itself above all
through forms and gestures. It elevates the soul and illuminates the feelings.

-Wang Hsi-chih
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