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Jean Wilson is teaching lessons for calligraphy students on her blog: . To view the supply list and the books recommended by Jean, please visit:

Bryn Chernoff from Paperfinger teaches three continuing online classes at Skillshare, including "Calligraphy I: Writing in Classic Modern Script". To view the class, please visit:
To view the supplies needed for this class, visit:


The Birmingham Calligraphy Guild offers a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year in the form of classes, workshops and other training events. More info:


Registration now open for next year’s summer conference.
July 25 to August 1, 2015. The Passionate Pen: 34th International Calligraphy Conference. Sonoma State University in Northern California. Marcia Friedman and Melissa Titone are Co-Directors.
Register now. A deposit of $100 ($25 is non-refundable) will reserve your place. You may register online at using a credit card or PayPal, or you may print and mail the registration form with a check (or credit card number). Confirmation of your registration will be emailed within one week of receipt. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns: or The sooner you sign up, the lower your registration number, which improves your chances of getting into the classes you want.

The Passionate Pen UPDATE:
The class titles with their respective instructors and a small graphic are now listed on the website for next summer’s conference. The only info is the title of the class, subject category (lettering, painting, design, etc) and skill levels. Full course descriptions, supply lists, and teacher bios will go up in early February. At that time, registered participants will be able to choose their classes.
One-day classes are listed here:
Four day classes are listed here:

Friends of Calligraphy (San Francisco Bay Area) lists workshops, members who teach, and ongoing classes on their website:

Friends of Calligraphy (San Francisco Bay Area) lists workshops, members who teach, and ongoing classes on their website:
February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 2015. Chris McDonald – Foundational Hand. Seven Saturday mornings, 10 am–12:30 pm. $140 FOC members / $150 non-members.
April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Judy Detrick – Unical. Seven Saturday mornings, 10 am–12:30 pm. $140 FOC members / $150 non-members.
Classes at Fort Mason
For more information on upcoming classes at Fort Mason: Download the Fort Mason brochure in pdf format.

San Francisco Center for the Book (300 De Haro Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 USA) offers book arts classes, workshops and exhibits in bookmaking, printmaking and letterpress printing.
Pacific Scribes:,

San Diego Fellow Calligraphers:
For classes in the San Diego area:
For workshops:
May 16 & 17, 2015. Eliza Holliday: Edged-Brush X-PLORED. 9:00 am ~ 4:30 pm. $135 (members $110).

Society for Calligraphy (Southern California):
March 21, 2015. The Split Personality of the Ruling Pen with Julian Waters. Sat, 11-6pm; Sun, 9:30-4:30. Location: Flintridge Center. $120.
March 23, 2015. Blackletter Variations from Textura to Fraktur with Julian Waters. Mon & Tues, 9:30-4:30. Location: TBA. $120.
April 11, 2015. Covering the Page with Susan Longerot. 10am to 5pm. Location: Michael Punke Studio. $100.
April 12, 2015. Unicialicious with Jane Shibata. April 12, Sun. & April 18, Sat., 9:30-4:30. Location and cost: TBA.

Temecula Valley Museum. January 10-March, 22 2015. Between Verse & Vision with Risa Evans-Gettler. An exhibit of John S. Tumlin’s poetry visually interpreted by Risa Evans-Gettler. Artist’s Reception: January 9, 2015, 7 PM. Temecula Valley Museum Rotunda Gallery. 28314 Mercedes Street, Temecula, California 92590.

2015 UC Riverside Classes with Kristi Darwick
Supply Lists to Follow
1. Lowercase and Writing with the Pointed Pen
Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Apr. 18
Modern variations of Copperplate script are all the rage, used by cutting-edge graphic artists and calligraphers. We'll start with lower case, writing with something as simple as a pencil to learn the basic shapes and strokes, and then, progressing to the dip pen. Some people prefer to use only lower case in their projects, and this is a great start, should you wish to continue your study of Copperplate writing.

2. Uppercase and Techniques for Beautiful Writing
Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., May 9
We will progress to writing elegant capital letters, numerals, and punctuation, as well as learning techniques for writing beautiful Copperplate for personal and professional applications. This session leads the student through developing skills in traditional Copperplate handwriting. The student may then wish to follow-up with a class on flourishing and modern Copperplate variations. Prerequisite: Session 1 or some copperplate skills

3. Elegant Flourishing and Modern Script
Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., May 30
In this session, we will build on the “rules” that make for beautiful letters and learn to break those rules to give a modern influence to the writing. We’ll add flourishing—the beautiful swirls and loops that give Copperplate, and its variations, their wonderful extravagance.
Prerequisite: Session 2 or some copperplate skills
Questions: KRISTI DARWICK, 909-237-6242, Please note, these classes may not yet show on the website
To register: University of Riverside Extension
1200 University Ave, Riverside


Abecedarian Gallery, 910 Santa Fe Dr, #101, Denver, CO 80204 USA. Phone: 720-282-4052. email:


Enders Island Study Opportunities: Five-day retreat classes at St. Edmund Retreat Center on Enders Island in Mystic, Connecticut.
More info:

(Mysticalligraphers is the only active guild in Connecticut.)


The Washington Calligraphers Guild has many workshop taught by internationally renowned calligraphers as well as by local artists. Meetings are held at Concord – St. Andrews Church, 5910 Goldsboro Road, Bethesda, MD 20817-6034. Workshops at various locations.
More info on these workshops will be posted on the Guild's website:
Supply lists for the workshops will be posted at:

March 30 is the deadline to enter the 21st annual Graceful Envelope Contest, conducted by the Washington (DC) Calligraphers Guild and the National Association of Letter Carriers. There is no entry fee. Call for entries:
Winners will be chosen based on artistic hand lettering, creative interpretation of the theme -- "There's No Place Like Home" -- and effective use of color and design, including incorporation of postage stamp(s).


Scribes of Central Florida celebrate 30 years.
March 14-15, 2015. Redenta Soprano

April 18, 2015. Vivian Mungall. One-day class on Cadels.


Idaho Inkspots Calligraphy Guild:


2015 REGGIE EZELL. Primitive to Modern Zoar Lutheran Church, Elmwood Park. 6 weekends. For info on this workshop:
Reggie can be contacted at:

Chicago Calligraphy Collective
Details for workshops, exhibits and for calligraphy classes in the Chicago area:
Details for these workshops on website.
January 17-18, 2015. Julie Wildman: "What's Next? Bringing Your Lettering to a New Level."

February 21-22, 2015. Linda Handcock: No Fear Watercolor!
March 21-22, 2015. Cherryl Moote: Stand Up and Show Off.
April 11-14, 2015. David McGrail: Creating Works of Beauty.

For classes in the Chicago area:


Lettersong Calligraphy Studio/Gallery, 1501 Story Avenue’ Louisville KY 40206. Workshops, gallery events, and classes. For more info, contact Jen Grove. Email: Phone: 502-819-1439. Also the Facebook page: Lettersong Calligraphy Studio/Gallery.
Through December 31, 2014. Exhibition: Amity Parks

2015 Yearlong class with Reggie Ezell: 26 Seeds. Six weekend workshops. Dates: Jan 24-25, Mar 21-22, May 23-24, July 18-19, Sept 12-13, Nov 7-8.


The Abbey Studio, 10 Accord Pond Drive, Hingham MA 02043.
Classes with Maryanne Grebenstein:
February 21 & 22, March 21 & 22, April 4 & 5, 2015. Calligraphic Arts, Level I. 8:30am - 4:30pm. The course will cover Copperplate Script, Layout, and Color Fundamentals. Students will spend a total of 48 hours of classroom/studio time with projects assigned for the weeks between classes. Look for upcoming details for the Calligraphic Arts Level II during the fall semester.
March 7 & 8, 2015. Copperplate Script. 10am – 4pm. $200. Perfect for wedding invitations, envelopes, place cards and other stationery items, Copperplate Script is a beautiful, Victorian-era lettering style that has endless design possibilities.
April 25 & 26, 2015. Versal Caps and Gilding. 10am – 4pm. $200. In this class students will learn the technique of creat¬ing beautiful versal capital letters using gouache and 23K gold leaf, reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts of the past. Although closely related to calligraphy, these letters are drawn and painted, rather than written. Calligraphy experience helpful but not necessary.


Pen Dragons Calligraphy Guild, Kalamazoo, MI.


Colleagues of Calligraphy
For more information, please visit:

Questions about upcoming events, please contact: or


The St. Louis Calligraphy Guild has monthly meetings and sponsors workshops.
Contact Leslie Barnes:
Through October 31, 2014. A Show of Hands. St Louis Calligraphers Guild member’s exhibit. The Creative Gallery, 3232 Ivanhoe, St Louis, MO.
March 7-8, 2015. Pat Blair: Copperplate

Book Arts Classes and Workshops at Paper Birds Studio. 4175 Loughborough Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63116. Scroll down on this webpage:

Mar 7-9 & Mar 13-15, 2015. Chance Images with Laurie Doctor. St. Louis, MO. In this class we will do a series of exercises that allow images to arise, and then be incorporated in pattern, paint, ink, pencil & stitching. More info: or visit: Class supply list available here:


The Fabulous Las Vegas Scribes. A Calligraphy and Paper Arts Society. For more information, email us at and check out our website at


Calligraphy classes with instructor R.P. Hale
Sponsored by New England College, Concord NH Campus
62 N. Main Street, Concord, NH 03301
Two five-week classes that meet every Wednesday evening from 7-9pm.
Calligraphy I: Intro to Italic, Jan. 14-Feb. 11, 2015. Left-handed students are welcome. Tuition $100 plus initial materials fee of $15.
Calligraphy II: 5th-century Uncial, and Practical Applications, Feb. 18-Mar.18, 2015. Tuition $100 plus materials fee (TBA).
To register, please contact R.P. Hale at 603.225.7516 or at
15 students maximum per class. Further classes in calligraphy will be offered.


Kathy Milici Classes. Newton, New Jersey. More info and to register:


Society of Scribes:


Cheerio Calligraphy Retreat
May 3-8, 2015. Igniting Sparks Between Mark, Letter & Word: Laurie Doctor & Steven Skaggs
How do you spark creative ideas you didn’t know you have?
How do you get newly energized ways of thinking and direction for your work?
How do you go about writing a poem if you don’t know where to begin?
In this class you will progress through a series of exercises that ignite unexpected Aha!’s. The studies will be a combination of writing, lettering, and mark making and are designed to cultivate new relationships between image, text, and mark. All levels of experience are welcome.
More info:
Registration form:

Calligraphy Centre offers workshops and classes. 2522 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.
Contact: Joyce Teta 336.724-5475

Carolina Lettering Arts Society:
Holds two workshops a year, one in the Asheville area and the other in the Southport area. Workshops are announced first to members. If space remains, they are open to non-members. Info will be posted at:
Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill):

Asheville Calligraphy Emporium combines a gallery, a lettering art studio, and a classroom venue. 2004 Riverside Drive Suite-P, Asheville, North Carolina 28804.

June 26-July 2, 2015. A Show of Hands, the 35th International Calligraphy Conference, will be held at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. Swannona is just outside of Asheville, in the western mountains of North Carolina. Contact info, how to register, and other information will be available in July of this year from the sponsoring organization (not from the college). The 2017 conference will be in Utah. As always, John Neal Books will have a weeklong store at these conferences and will take pre-orders for class supplies, recommended books, and everything else from the JNB website and catalog.


April 27-29, 2015. The Dance: Using Tools and Styles to Create Contrast in Design with Rachel Yallop & Michael Clark. Transfiguration Spirituality Center, Cincinnati.
This class will focus on the integration of tool and styles in the creation of designs using contrast, color, and balance. The goal for this workshop is to introduce students to a variety of tools, techniques and ways of thinking about calligraphic design. Prices begin at $340 (for commuters) and run to $430 (for residents). Both include 3 meals a day. A $150 deposit is required.


Sooner Scribes: Oklahoma City, OK


The Portland Society for Calligraphy has monthly meetings and sponsors exhibits and workshops. P.O. Box 4621, Portland, OR 97208.
February 7, 8, 9, 2015. Push, Float, Glide, Dab: The Joy of Movement with Ewan Clayton
February 10-11, 2015. Love & Joy About Letters: Ben Shahn with Ewan Clayton
Workshop Supply Lists:

Valley Calligraphy Guild:

23 Sandy Gallery. Book & Letter Art Gallery. Portland, Oregon. More info on their website:


Philadelphia Calligraphers’ Society:
February 21 & 22, 2015. Copperplate Continued with Eleanor Winters. Rutgers University, Camden Campus. For students who are familiar with the basic principles of Copperplate, this workshop explores further possibilities: variation on minuscule and capital letters as well as ornamental, flourished letterforms.
May 2-3, 2015. Louis Lemoine Workshop.


Memphis Calligraphy Guild:
Nashville Calligraphy Guild:
All Classes and Workshops are open initially to current Nashville Calligraphers Guild members. If openings exist after members have registered, only then will the workshops be opened to non-members.
March 21, 2015. Basic Colored Pencil Class with Jean Parker.
April 25 and 26, 2015. Pathways with Timothy Botts.


2015: 26 Seeds: A Year to Grow On. Reggie Ezell, hosted by Fort Worth Calligraphers Guild.
Jan 3 & 4, Feb 28 & Mar 1, May 2 & 3, Jun 27 & 28, Aug 22 & 23, and Oct 17 & 18, 2015.
Classes will be held at:
Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Drive, Irving, TX 75061.
Enroll by sending a $100 Deposit made payable to FWCG. Send to: Angie Vangalis, Workshop Chairman, PO Box 3126, Coppell, TX 75019.
More info: 214-957-1736 or

Houston Calligraphy Guild:

Kaligrafos The Dallas Calligraphy Society Workshops.
March 21-22, 2015. Black Letter with Amity Parks.
More info:

Capital City Scribes, Austin TX.
March 21, 2015. “Monochromatic Painting” with Brittany Lax.
April 11 & 12, 2015. “The Enchanted Letter” with Heather Held.
June 2015. Gothic/Blackletter with Kate Van Dyke.
November 14 & 15, 2015. “Calligraphy Patterns and Decorative Borders” on Day 1. “The Flourished Monogram” on Day 2. With Kathy Milici.

2016. Reggie Ezell yearlong class: 26 Seeds – A Year of Growth

San Antonio Calligraphers' Guild:

School for Bookbinding Arts At Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding, Classes for book dealers, collectors, & those generally interested in the craft of hand bookbinding. 2160 Cedar Grove Rd, Winchester, Virginia 22603. Phone: 540-662-2683.


2015. 26 Seeds: A Year to Grow with Reggie Ezell. Artworks, Edmonds, WA. Dates: Saturday – Sunday, Feb 7-8, April 11-12, June 13-14, Aug 8-9, Oct 10-11, Dec 12-13, 2015. Reggie Ezell would like to return to the Northwest to teach a yearlong class in 2015, meeting 6 times, every other month, during the year.
Check out Reggie’s website at for more information.
If you are interested, please contact Sue Gruhn at

See KENTUCKY and TEXAS for other locations for this yearlong class.


The Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild is a calligraphy guild that host monthly meetings and workshops in Calgary, Canada. Box 1647, Station M, Calgary, AB T2P 2L7.
Workshop questions: or

Fairbank Calligraphy Society.

Art of the Book. Juried show of 56 works marks the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Arts Guild 30th anniversary.
Feb – May, 2015. Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick, NB


Barbara Calzolari Workshops
Barbara’s website:

Loredana Zega Workshop
April 3-7, 2015 in Venice. Loredana’s website:
For more information: Tel: (+39) 334.801.6792


Association of Book Crafts


August 14-20, 2015. CLAS Festival of Calligraphy 2015. Malvern, England. Tutors are Sally Mae-Joseph, Gemma Black, Rachel Yallop, Edward Wates, Lida Lopes Cardoza, and Julia Baxter. A very few places are left and some courses already have waiting lists. For more details:
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