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Letterforum logo by Julian WatersInternational Calligraphy Conferences:

2018: Seattletters 2018, the 37th International Lettering Conference, will be held July 14-21, 2018 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

2019: Rendez-Vous 2019, the 38th International Calligraphy Conference, will be held from June 29 to July 6, 2019, in Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada, in the beautiful Eastern Townships just southeast of Montréal.

2018: IAMPETH Annual Conference 2018
August 6 - 11, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This is a wonderful week spent learning the pen arts with some of the best calligraphic artists in the country. Registration priority is given to current members.

2019: IAMPETH Annual Conference 2019
July 15 - 20, Denver, Colorado

Photos from Letterforum, the 2006 Conference hosted by the Washington Calligraphers Guild (logo: Julian Waters)


handWorkshops and classes:

Washington Calligraphers Guild workshops are held on weekends in the spring and fall.

Calligraphy classes in the Washington area.

John Neal's list of national calligraphy workshops and events

Cheerio Calligraphy Retreats are week-long calligraphy workshops in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina.

New York City Society of Scribes workshops

Philadelphia Calligraphers' Society workshops

Southern California's Society for Calligraphy workshops

Chicago Calligraphy Collection workshops


Paper & Ink Arts
Ships art supplies, fine papers, books and gift items to amateur and professional lettering artists around the globe.

John Neal, Bookseller
In addition to his enormous selection of calligraphy books, John Neal supplies calligraphers with tools and fine papers. Publishes Letter Arts Review magazine and Bound & Lettered, with practical information on bookbinding and papercraft.



The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers
& Teachers of Handwriting
(specializing in pointed pen scripts)

Calligraphy Guilds and Societies in the U.S. and Canada 2017
(compiled by Tammi Jo Klajnbart of Summit Scribes)

The Association for the Calligraphic Arts has been suspended.
Logo below by Julian Waters.

Artwork by Julian Waters, © Association for the Calligraphic Arts




Graceful Envelope Contest
WCG sponsors annual international competition for envelope art

Sheila Waters' 2006 textbook,
Foundations of Calligraphy

Exemplar alphabets and instruction to help calligraphers learn Italic, Foundational, Blackletter, Gothic Cursives, Uncial & Half Uncial and Carolingian.

The penmen who lettered the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution

Cyberscribes Yahoo Group (calligraphy listserv)
(Logo by Michael Clark)

BFH Fluent Handwriting Manual and CD-ROM -- instructional handwriting package for all ages.
Fix It ... Write -- new book to correct, improve or change one's handwriting.
both by WCG member Nan Jay Barchowsky

Videos worth viewing
Why Write? Penmanship for the 21st Century by Jake Weidmann presented at TEDxMileHigh
Turning Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass’ into a work of art -- PBS NewsHour presentation
PBS Newshour report Is cursive handwriting slowly dying out in America?

Calligraphic Styles
PDF shows 10 different calligraphy hands using both broad-edged and pointed pens.

Artwork by Donald Jackson, © St. John's University

Renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson was commissioned to letter and illuminate The Saint John's Bible in 1998.

The Digital Scriptorium is an image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts in US museums and libraries.

elephantDigital images from The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Aberdeen Bestiary: the story behind a medieval manuscript

Early Manuscripts at Oxford University

The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin offers images of its collection of Western, Islamic and East Asian manuscripts.

Irish Script on Screen: digital images of Irish manuscripts

The History of Visual Communication
Elif Ayiter's short course, from caves to computers

Clare Tames' blog, "A Beginner's Guide to Calligraphy"

Louona Tanner's calligraphic collection on Pinterest

Washington DC Collectible Fountain Pen Supershow

Guideline generator


Art: Pat Blair