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LetterforumInternational Calligraphy Conferences:

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

2023 - “Make Your Mark,” the 41st International Calligraphy Conference
Location: Leesburg? Virginia
Coordinator: Ann Bailey

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


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


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

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 Bound & Lettered, with practical information on bookbinding and papercraft.



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)


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.

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

Lecture by Shelia Waters (1998) — Calligraphy in the pursuit of excellence

History of Penmanship


Julian WatersMeet Our WCG Members:
Calligraphic achievements of some of our professional and amateur members.
[Left: Julian Waters for National Geographic Magaine]

Join the excellent calligraphic community listserv CYBERSCRIBES, which has moved to https://groups.io/g/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

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

Ink and Quill: Learn About Calligraphy

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

CalligraScape blog offers free 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.

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