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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WCG logo and Roundel of the Seasons by Sheila Waters.
Vol 46 No 1, Fall 2023
Calligraphy in Correspondence
Edited by Joanna Homrighausen, the 36- page issue explores lettering used in letters, from WCG's Graceful Envelope Contest to the calligraphers who pen the missives used in movies and in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Also covered is a collection of mail art and the artists behind the Postal Service's lunar new year stamps.
Upcoming Programs & Workshops
- Mar 06, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PMZoomTo create a more modern and expressive script, Master Penman Mike Kecseg will show how a strong foundation in copperplate is desirable. He’ll be demonstrating some of these techniques and sharing some examples of his work. Members: free | Nonmembers: $10 Members need not register
- Multiple Dates