Here are the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Washington Calligraphers Guild's Workshops.
Frequently Asked Questions about Workshops
Do WCG online workshops take place in real time?
Yes. Workshops take place online via Zoom, in real time.
What timezone are the WCG online workshops?
All WCG workshops are conducted in Eastern Standard Time (EST) or Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) if applicable.
For students not on EST/EDT time, please plan appropriately for the workshop’s start and end times
in your corresponding time zone.
I live on the West Coast or outside of the U.S. Can I still register for a WCG online workshop?
Yes. We’ve had many international and non-East Coast students successfully take our online workshops.
Most WCG workshops include many scheduled breaks throughout the day and at
least an hour lunch to ease any time zone-related inconvenience.
However, if the workshop takes place over a half-day, no lunch hour will be scheduled.
Will there be a recording of the workshop if I cannot attend “live” or need to step away for longer periods of time?
If the instructor agrees to a recording, then yes. (All instructors have agreed thus far.) The online workshop
will be recorded for each day and will be made available to enrolled students only for a certain amount of time
after the workshop takes place.
Please note that the recordings take time to process and upload for student access and use. The recordings
may not necessarily be available on the same day the workshop took place.
I’m not tech savvy or familiar with Zoom. Can I still take the online workshop?
Yes. No matter your technical capability, we encourage all calligraphers to take WCG online workshops.
We host a tech check session on Zoom a few days prior to each workshop. During these sessions, a tech host will introduce the
Zoom platform and walk through its
relevant features to students. Also, there will be time for troubleshooting and Q&As to ensure that everyone is ready to learn and letter on day one.
Is there a maximum enrollment for online workshops?
Yes. We want to ensure the instructor can “see” all students when in Gallery View in
Depending on the instructor’s preference, the class size may be limited to 18-24 students.
Do I need to be a member to register for a WCG online workshop?
No, but we encourage interested students to become WCG members.
WCG members get priority registration before non-members and pay a discounted rate for all workshops.
Can I become a WCG member and register for an online workshop on the same day during the members-only priority registration period?
Yes. Whether registering for the workshop first and then enrolling as a new member (or vice versa),
please make sure that both transactions take place on the same day. Should you have PayPal issues completing both transactions,
contact Janice ([email protected]).
Is it necessary to register with PayPal?
We encourage interested students to use PayPal to register for all workshops.
It is not necessary to have a PayPal account to register. You can choose the “Pay without a PayPal account”
option when checking out and register as a guest with credit card only.
If you really want to register with a mail-in check payment, please contact
Janice ([email protected]) for further information.
However, be aware that registration will be in order of payment received or by postmark date;
thus, sending a check may not necessarily secure your place if there is a lot of PayPal registration.
Is there a waiting list for sold out workshops?
Yes. Please contact Janice ([email protected])
to add your name to the waiting list. If there is an opening in the workshop, she will notify you.
I registered for a workshop, but I can no longer attend. Can I get a refund?
Unless the workshop is cancelled by the instructor or the WCG, workshop fees are not refundable.
Registrants are responsible for finding a substitute for their place in the workshop.
You can also contact Janice ([email protected])
to see if there is a waiting list for the class.
Is it necessary to buy everything on the supplies list?
We recommend buying as much as your budget will allow. Instructors are encouraged to list which
supplies are optional but not required.