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LetterforumInternational Calligraphy Conferences:

2022 - Write on the Edge, the 40th International Calligraphy Conference, has been CANCELED DUE TO COVID.

2023 - The Society for Calligraphy, Southern California presents the 16th annual members’ conference, February 17-20, 2023

2024 - Chicago, IL with Lisa Kivland & Kathy Mandell

2025 - Alabama/Tennessee area with Dana Jacobsen

2026 - Puerto Rico with Nereidin Feliciano

Pre-recorded workshops from Legacies III, the 39th International Calligraphy Conference

IAMPETH logoPointed Pen Calligraphy Conferences:

2022: IAMPETH Annual Conference: July 11-16 in Atlanta
2023: IAMPETH Annual Conference will be in Scranton, PA


handWorkshops and classes:

John Neal's national lists of upcoming online calligraphy classes and calligraphy conferences and retreats.

Pat BlairWashington Calligraphers Guild workshops are held on weekends in the spring and fall. [Art at right by WCG member and past president Pat Blair, a popular instructor.]

Calligraphy classes in the Washington area.

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


Suzanne Cunningham

Paper & Ink Arts
Specialized calligraphy supply shop serving calligraphers worldwide. Available for online shopping 24/7. (Their retail store in Nashville, TN is open M-F 10-4).

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

<< Art at left by Suzanne Cunningham.



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

<< Art at left by Michael Sull

Calligraphy Guilds and Societies in the U.S. and Canada
(compiled in 2020/21 by Tammi Jo Klajnbart of Summit Scribes)

Meet Our WCG Members:
Calligraphic achievements of some of our professional and amateur members.


Graceful Envelope logo

The Graceful Envelope Contest
WCG sponsors this popular 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.
More by and about Sheila Waters

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

The History of Lettering — Calligraphy, lettering, and typeface design by Julian Waters

Julian Waters

<< Art at left by Julian Waters for National Geographic Magaine

Join the excellent calligraphic community listserv CYBERSCRIBES


Videos worth viewing

Tour of the White House Calligraphy Office presented by C-Span (2008)
featuring WCG members Pat Blair, Debra Brown and Rick Muffler

British Library video clips and text on how medieval manuscripts were created

7 video clips on how medieval scribes created manuscripts

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.

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

elephantThe 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.

Websites devoted to manuscripts

Clare Tames' blog, "A Beginner's Guide to Calligraphy" with history of the craft

How to Write Calligraphy
learning italic[images at right: practicing the italic hand and uncial lettering]

BFH Fluent Handwriting Manual and CD-ROM Fix It ... Write to correct, improve or change one's handwriting. Both by WCG's Nan Jay Barchowsky

It's Not What You Write, It's How Your Write It by Nancy Ungar

Kathleen S. McCann, former White House calligrapher, has written Have Pen will Travel: Tales and Travels of a White House Calligrapher

learning uncialsfree how-to videos of numerous calligraphic styles.

Washington DC Fountain Pen Supershow
August 5-7, 2022 at the Marriott Fairview Park in Falls Church, VA
with demonstrations by professional calligraphers

Amsterdam Printing's The Benefits of Handwriting resource delves into the benefits of students learning how to write cursive. The guide includes cursive's positive influence on fine motor control, recall, self-evaluation, sequence and word connection, and later educational achievements. And it also covers the fact that the practice can lead to more legible writing which can positively affect test scores that require hand-written portions.

Ductus, a simple guidelines generator for calligraphers

How-To Guides

WCG Photo Albums:


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