Here’s a quick preview of our (still tentative!) Fall Schedule…  It’s not quite “set-in-stone” yet, so please be aware that all dates/classes are subject to change until they are officially posted on our Classes/Workshops page in late Summer. And there may be additional classes/workshops added, as well!

Introductory Classes
September 13/20 – Marcy Robinson, Copperplate Intensive
September 19/20 – Laura Di Piazza, Intro to Copperplate
5 Saturdays starting October 3 – Anna Pinto, Italic-I
5 Sundays starting October 4 – Elinor Holland, Copperplate-I

Workshops & Events
September 26 – Debra Dick, Celtic Knots
September 27 – Kathy Milici, Divine Flourishes
October 3/4 – Carol DuBosch, Bone Alphabet (pictured above)
October 10/11 – Marcy Robinson, Carolingian
October 24/25 – Lee Ann Clark, Contemporary Pointed Pen
October 25 – Kathy Milici, Modern Storybook Script
November 1 – Annual Holiday Fair!
November 7/8 – Georgia Angelopoulos, Greek & Gilded
Nov 21/Dec 5 – Anna Pinto, Layout & Design
November 22 – Kathy Milici, The Flourished Name
December 5 – Barry Morentz, Glorious Gothic Caps

Coming Spring 2016: Christopher Haanes, Carl Rohrs, Pat Blair!

All dates/classes are still subject to change! Our final Fall Schedule will be posted and registration will begin in late Summer. Current members will get a 24-hour advance registration period.

(Bone Alphabet by Carol DuBosch)


Yves Leterme: Lettered Leisure
Friday, July 17, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
Free and open to public. Guests are welcome. Refreshments served.

Having been a teacher of classical languages for 25 years in his hometown Bruges (Belgium), Yves Leterme finally decided to switch careers and become a fulltime freelance calligrapher and letter artist. Already from the start of his calligraphic activities back in 1990, he developed a special interest in the so-called ‘gestural writing style,’ a topic he is now teaching worldwide.

Yves works on all kinds of commissions and projects, collaborates with other artists and makes artwork for exhibits and galleries. In recent years, Yves has published Thoughtful Gestures, a book that features his writings as well as his paintings, and Litterae, a project in which he combines his interest for Latin literature with calligraphy.

In his richly illustrated presentation he’ll talk about his life as a freelance calligrapher these days in Bruges, the very thin line between work and leisure, about the projects he’s been working on lately (with special focus on Litterae) and what it is exactly he wants to achieve with his work.

Yves’ work has been published in various books and magazines and it can be found in public and private collections all over the world. More info on his website.


We’ve just added two NEW pointed pen classes:

The Flourished Envelope with Kathy Milici on Saturday, July 25th
Copperplate Intensive (August) with Marcy Robinson on Sat/Sun, August 15-16th.

Registration is now open for everyone. Classes may fill quickly, so don’t delay and be disappointed.

Curious about hand-lettering? Come ask questions, watch calligraphy demonstrations, take a pen for a test drive! Paper & Ink Play Day on Saturday, August 22nd.

(Artwork by Kathy Milici)


Please vote for Calligraphy & Craftsmanship by June 29, 2015.

SoS veteran Karen Gorst of The Gorst Studio is excited to announce that her short documentary, The Scrolls: From the Little Torah, was accepted in My RodeReel, the world’s biggest short film competition! Her film features the making of two 4-inch high by 12-1/2 foot long illuminated scrolls on vellum which preserve the history of a 225-year-old holocaust survivor Torah.

Please watch the film here. Share it with friends (especially art lovers) and encourage them to vote for the People’s Choice Award. Voting ends on June 29, 2015.

The Gorst Studio teamed up with a School of Sacred Arts cinematographer to introduce professional calligraphy and illumination to a broader worldwide audience. Vote for The Scrolls: From the Little Torah to promote the profession to a new audience. All winning films are promoted by all the sponsors at industry-wide events around the globe.

In appreciation for your votes, supporters can join a very special Q&A at The Gorst Studio here.


There are only 1-2 spots left in Eleanor Winters’ Gothicized Italic class which begins this Saturday! More details and registration here.


Inspirations/Perspirations: A Slide Lecture with Julian Waters
Friday, June 26, 2015
6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
Free and open to the public. Guests are welcome.

Due to a couple late cancellations, we have two spots available in Julian’s Italic: Refine & Refresh workshop this Saturday! Don’t miss your chance to study with a master! Everyone is welcome to attend his slide lecture on Friday evening.

Julian will talk about his work (including calligraphy, lettering design, alphabet design, font design and prints), the work of his main teachers (his parents, Sheila and Peter Waters, and Gudrun and Hermann Zapf), as well as some of the 16th century writing masters he has been discovering since he was able to acquire an original collection of Johann Nuedörffer pages from the early 1500s. He will include a slide presentation and some of his prints will be available for purchase.


Sell, Swap, Share, Show!
Sunday, June 7th from 12 to 4pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Rooms 702A & 703A
Free and open to the public. Guests are welcome!

Don’t forget to join us on Sunday, June 7, at our usual camping grounds: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Rooms 702A and 703A, for Summer Sweep! All members are invited to take a table and to sell any materials from your studio that you no longer want, but that others will find useful and desirable. Pens, markers, inks, paints, papers, books–anything. The condition and/or amount of use these items have had does not matter. At bargain basement prices no one can complain. And you will be creating valuable space in your studio to make room for all the new materials you will undoubtedly buy in the coming months.

But the best thing about this sale is that all unsold merchandise will be donated to art teachers in the NYC Public School system, where art supplies are woefully lacking. A number of teachers from the renowned Studio in a School arts program will be visiting and will be only too happy to carry home the stuff you no longer want. Supplies may also be donated to the upper east side Ronald McDonald House, and to the students/staff at SVA.

And there will be a display of the creative envelopes you have received from your calligraphy pals around the world. Please bring a handful of them to be mounted on the walls–and don’t forget your camera!

There is no charge to take a table–your valued presence is more than enough! But you must register here… and we’ll see you on the 7th!

(Artwork by Barry Morentz)



We’ve just added two separate one-day workshops with the incomparable Julian Waters the weekend of June 26–28. Come and give your lettering a lift! Members have been emailed exclusive links to register in advance; registration will open to general public on Monday, May 25th. Details and registration for all classes here.

Friday, June 26 from 6:30 to 8pm – Slide Lecture: Inspirations/Perspirations
Saturday, June 27 from 10am to 4pm – Italic: Refine & Refresh
Sunday, June 28 from 10am to 4pm – Uncial: Refine & Refresh

(Julian will also be teaching Blackletter: From Textura to Fraktur at Cooper Union on June 22-25.)

Several world-class calligraphers will be teaching in the NYC-area next month!


Spencerian with Harvest Crittenden, June 14–20 on Enders Island

The St. Michael Institute on Enders Island (near Mystic, Connecticut) presents a week of Spencerian with Master Penman Harvest Crittenden: Sunday, June 14 at 7pm through Saturday, June 20 at 1pm. Harvest was handpicked by Michael Sull to take over as Director of the Spencerian Saga, and she is every bit the expert that he is. If you’re looking to study Spencerian Script, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better instructor or a more idyllic setting in which to learn it. Tuition includes room and board and all supplies. Classes run approximately 10 to 5, Monday to Friday. Registration details here.

Type@Cooper Public Workshops

Type@Cooper is hosting three SoS favorite instructors:
Copperplate Writing with Elinor Holland, Mon–Wed, June 15–17
The Renaissance Capital in Script and Type with Ewan Clayton, Sat/Sun, June 20–21
Blackletter: From Textura to Fraktur with Julian Waters,* Mon–Thu, June 22–25
and many others!

* Please stay tuned! We’re in the process of organizing two separate one-day workshops with Julian Waters the weekend of June 27/28: tentatively a day of “Uncials” and a day of “Refining Italic.” Details will be announced as soon as they are set-in-stone.

(Artwork by Harvest Crittenden)

In 1939, just as he was about to begin a career as a graphic artist, twenty-one year old Hermann Zapf was drafted. He began keeping a series of three pocketable sketchbooks. The 71 small masterpieces within these volumes played no insignificant role in Zapf’s life, serving, in effect, as his professional portfolio immediately after the war, but they are much more than an historical footnote to a brilliant career.

Hermann Zapf treats these books as special treasures, among the many beautiful works that he and his wife Gudrun Zapf von Hesse have produced over the better part of the last century. Only a few who have had the privilege to visit him at his home have seen them. The Kelly-Winterton Press, with the cooperation of the Zapfs, takes great pride in bringing these gems of calligraphy and painting to an extended audience.

More details on the Kickstarter project page here.


Watchful Experimenting

This summer the Society is thrilled to welcome the great Yves Leterme of Bruges, Belgium to conduct a very special workshop, “Watchful Experimenting.” If you find yourself perpetually caught in the rut of a comfort zone and are tired of the same traditional layouts and letterforms, then this class jumps to the head of the line to break free and impart new, greater dimensions to your work.

Yves’ background is most impressive, having taught Latin for 25 years in his native Belgium. In the early 1990s the calligraphy bug came a-calling, and Yves immersed himself in intense study, mainly with Brody Neuenschwander. Within a decade Yves   catapulted to the forefront of internationally recognized masters, displaying an astonishing facility in both traditional letterforms and stunning gestural alphabets that virtually redefine the meaning of calligraphy. Like the Roman god Janus, who simultaneously could look to the past and the future, Yves’ work demonstrates a remarkable use of inventive and expressive forms that serve the text in refreshing and provocative ways.

He is also a fantastic teacher, as students in his sold-out classes around the world can easily attest. This writer had the privilege of studying with him in San Francisco several years ago, and I can tell you that he is one of the most thoroughly prepared and insightful instructors I have ever had in more than 35 years of taking workshops. Yves has a unique ability to bring forth things from you that you hitherto could not imagine you would do, and at the same time dazzling the class with delicious tidbits of history peppered with an infectious sense of humor.

Grab your copy of Letter Arts Review Summer 2014 for his article on the making of Litterae, a gorgeous collection of Latin epigrams rendered in a wide variety of styles accompanied by scholarly explanations of the texts. (Makes a fantastic gift to yourself!)

There are a few remaining places in this unique workshop. Don’t delay — you are in for an amazing calligraphic journey! Class details and registration here.

—Barry Morentz


Friday, May 15, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 702A
Free and open to the public, but you must RSVP here.

What will happen to your artwork after you’re gone? Will your loved ones inherit huge tax bills? Most artists have nightmares of their work ending up in dumpsters, but few have useful inventories or appropriate wills. Artist estate consultant Robin Moore’s presentation will dispel many of your fears. She’ll share her personal experience, down-to-earth tips, and practical tools to get you started.

Robin Moore is the founder and CEO of Robin Moore Legacies LLC. Specializing in planning for legacies and creating inventory systems, Robin trains and advises artists, their families, collectors, and estate professionals. She is developing a short course on financial skills for creative professionals. Robin earned her MBA from Georgetown University. She has had a long career in communications and the arts, and manages the estate of her late husband, artist Kevin MacDonald, who died in 2006.

If you’re interested, Robin will be available to schedule private consultations.


We’ve just added some fantastic new spring/summer classes & workshops!
Details and registration here.

There’s something for everyone in the next few months…

If you’re a beginner, get your feet wet with these Copperplate classes:
Copperplate-Intensive (May) with Marcy Robinson (2 Saturdays: May 9 & 16)
Copperplate-Intensive (May/June) with Marcy Robinson (2 Saturdays: May 30 & June 6)
Copperplate-Intensive (June) with Elinor Holland (2 Sundays: June 14 & 21)
Introduction to Copperplate with Laura Di Piazza (Sat/Sun, Aug 1-2)

If you’ve taken a class in Copperplate or Storybook Script, continue with:
Pointed Pen Capitals with Elinor Holland (2 Saturdays: May 2 & 9)
Modern Storybook-II with Kathy Milici (Sunday, May 31)
Divine Flourishes with Kathy Milici (Sunday, June 28)

If you’ve taken an Italic class, you can continue with:
Italic-II with Eleanor Winters (3 Saturdays: May 16, 30 & June 6)
Gothicized Italic w/ Eleanor Winters (2 Saturdays: June 13 & 20)

If you want to go beyond the basics:
Watchful Experimenting with Yves Leterme (Sat/Sun, July 18-19)
Gold, Gold, and More Gold with Barry Morentz (Sunday, May 31)

(Artwork by Yves Leterme, X-Ray)


Peter Thornton Lecture: Layout and Design — Live!
Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
School of Visual Arts Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 701A
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.

Apologies! Due to circumstances beyond our control, we must re-schedule Peter Thornton’s lecture for tomorrow (Saturday) night. Hope to see you then!

Peter’s weekend workshops are completely sold out, but everyone is welcome to come to his lecture. This evening presentation will be a very personal and practical approach to this oft thought of problem area. Beginning with a brief review of a major element in design—contrast and a method of study to affectively achieve it. There will be a demonstration during the design of a small piece of prose with commentary throughout by Peter of the many possible choices, options and decisions that can occur. The talk will be aimed at the beginning student and those that rely on the hollow strategy of hope in their design work.

Friday, March 6, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm (Lecture at 6:00 pm)
The National Arts Club, Marquis Gallery
15 Gramercy Park South (between Park Avenue and Irving Place)

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Barbara’s lecture will be approximately 6:oo to 6:45 pm.
Please RSVP here so we’ll know how many to expect.

A Midas Touch: Or How I Fell in Love with Manuscript Gilding
Barbara Wolff’s illuminations at the Morgan Library tell a tale of serendipity, experimentation, adaptation and learning on the job. She will share some experiences and discoveries on Friday evening.

New York artist Barbara Wolff has exhibited at the Illustrators Club, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the Yeshiva University Museum, the Museum of Biblical Art, the Morgan Library and Museum. She has produced films on the techniques of manuscript illumination for the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Israel Museum, and the Morgan Library. A botanical and natural science illustrator, her work has been featured in the Time and Life Nature Library, Golden Nature Guides, for publishers Harper Collins, Doubleday, Scribners, and for institutional and corporate clients such as the New York Botanical Garden, Xerox, Ciba-Geigy.

“Hebrew Illumination for Our Time: The Art of Barbara Wolff” will be on exhibition at the Morgan Library through May 3, 2015. After Barbara’s talk, the Morgan will be open (and free) from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. More information here.

Here are our candidates for the 2015 Board of Governors:

V. A. Barrow (*) has loved calligraphy since attending the H.S. of Fashion Industries where she majored in Fashion Design. Her introduction to her first calligraphy hand came about when she drew a Halloween costume and mused aloud about some writing to go along with it and a classmate complied with a Gothic hand. Since then V has taken classes at Stuyvesant H.S. adult education, Botanical Gardens, SVA, private classes and of course classes through SoS. She continues to take classes as often as she can.

Cynthia Dantzic (*) studied calligraphy at Yale and has been teaching at Long Island University since 1964, where she was promoted to Senior Professor. Her courses include drawing, color, painting, 2D design and calligraphy (Western and Non-Western). She has served on the board for several years as programs coordinator. Her ninth art-related book, 100 New York Calligraphers, which includes the work of a number of SoS members, is featured in Schiffer’s Spring 2015 catalog.

Judy Kastin (*) is a freelance calligrapher who previously served on the SoS Board for eighteen years. She rejoined in 2011 as workshop chair. Judy is the co-author of the last two editions of The Speedball Textbook and Lettering Arts, and author of 100 Keys to Great Calligraphy.

Eva Kokoris (*) is a freelance calligrapher and designer with an avid interest in the lettering arts. She volunteered for special events before being elected to the board in 2007 and subsequently served as president for three years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the Mannes College of Music and currently serves on the Board.

Adrian Morehouse was introduced to East Asian brush calligraphy in college, and he continued to practice while teaching English in a rural Japanese town. He later studied graphic and typeface design at SVA. Adrian currently works in the information technology field. His first formal introduction to Western calligraphy was at an SoS workshop a few years ago, and he has been an avid participant in classes and events ever since. Adrian believes strongly in the value of writing by hand and the lettering arts. He hopes to contribute to the work of the SoS to preserve and extend these traditions.

Barry Morentz (*) is a freelance calligrapher, bookbinder, boxmaker, and instructor residing in Manhattan where he operates a studio quite appropriately in the shadow of the New York Public Library. He has been totally involved in calligraphy for more than 37 years, and served on the Board of Governors from 1979-1991, including 8 years as Workshops Chairman, and Faculty Chairman for Innovations ’86, the SoS sponsored Conference in Hoboken. He has taught workshops throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and is directing much of his attention now to the future of calligraphy and its great legacy in Western culture.

Chi Nguyen (*) freelances and teaches calligraphy/rubber stamping for the UFT Retiree Program and privately. She has served on the board since 1998 as membership chair.

Anna Pinto (*) is a freelance calligrapher and calligraphy instructor living in Hoboken, NJ. She first served on the Board in the 80s and 90s. She also edited the Newsletter then, and came back for another 5-year stint that ended last year, mainly so she could revive the April Fool’s insert. She is grateful for the many friends and calligraphic opportunities that have come her way over the years thanks to the Society of Scribes.

Nancy Redgate Favorito (*) has been serving the board of the SoS as recording secretary since 2009. She has taken many classes and workshops over the past several years. While primarily focused on pointed pen, she is slowly expanding her skill set and is thankful for the Society of Scribes for providing opportunities to do so.

Ana Rodriguez (*) first discovered Italic via a Ken Brown calligraphy kit many years ago. Until recently, she had not received formal instruction and is grateful for having found SoS and their skilled and talented pool of instructors, affordable classes and calligraphic opportunities. Drawn to the lettering arts and aspiring to develop a strong lettering form and expand her skill-set, she will continue taking classes and work with the SoS to promote the study, teaching and practice of calligraphy.

Susan Steele’s (*) search for instruction in the art of “beautiful writing” led her to the SoS. She has been working as a calligrapher for many years and had a previous 15-year career in graphic design. SoS has provided her with a constant source of inspiration and local contacts within the calligraphy field.

(*) Denotes returning board members.

We look forward to serving in the next year, and want to remind everyone that help is always needed! If you’d like to join us, or attend one of our bi-monthly board meetings, please contact us at

Our Spring Classes & Workshops have just been posted. More details here.

Special members-only pre-registration begins February 4th; registration links will be posted for general public on February 5th at noon.

But that’s not all! Coming soon (dates still to be confirmed)…
Italic-2 with Eleanor Winters (3 Saturdays: May 16, 30 & June 6)
Copperplate Capitals with Elinor Holland (2 Saturdays: May 2 & 9)
Modern Storybook-2 with Kathy Milici (Sunday, May 31)
Copperplate-Intensive (May/June) with Marcy Robinson (2 Saturdays: May 30 & June 6)
And more, including Yves Leterme the week of  July 19th!

(Artwork above: Katherine Malmsten’s Backgrounds/Foreground on May 16-17, 2015)

Eleanor Winters recently spent four weeks in Singapore, teaching a series of calligraphy workshops, organized by Joanne Lim of the Letter J Supply Co (a design and event company).  This was a return engagement, after having taught there for three weeks in July 2014. Her classes in July were followed by a week of workshops in Hong Kong.

This second series consisted of 17 days of teaching, including 4 Introduction to Copperplate classes, 2 Intermediate Copperplate (Variations and Flourishing) workshops, and several Introduction to Calligraphy and Intro to the Broad-Edged Pen workshops. With very little prior opportunity to study traditional classical letterforms, the response was huge; all the classes booked up quickly and the students were energetic and enthusiastic.  The biggest response — including waiting lists and disappointed Singaporeans — was for Copperplate, which seems to be gaining great popularity over there. Eleanor reports that she is making a big effort to stimulate interest in the broad-edged pen and is optimistic that it will eventually rival the pointed pen in popularity!

We are happy to have Eleanor back in New York City and teaching Italic-1 & Italic-2 for the Society of Scribes this spring!

Here’s a special preview of our (tentative!) spring workshop schedule…  It’s not quite “set-in-stone” yet, so please be aware that all dates/classes are still subject to change until they are officially posted on our Classes/Workshops page. Introductory classes (on-going throughout the spring) will be listed at that time, too.

February 22 – Barry Morentz
Gold, Gold and More Gold (Half-Day Mini-Class)

February 28 – Anna Pinto
Writing with Gouache and Color Mixing

March 14/15 – Jacqueline Sullivan
Lively and Luscious Layers: Writing and Painting with Acrylics

March 28/29 – Paul Shaw

April 11 – Peter Thornton, The Ruling Pen
April 12 – Peter Thornton, Pencil Roman Capitals

May 2/3 – Risa Gettler
Visigothic Versals

May 16/17 – Katherine Malmsten

Coming in July 2015 – Yves Leterme

All dates/classes are still subject to change! Our final Spring Schedule will be posted and registration will begin around late January/early February. Current members will get a 24-hour advance registration period.

(Artwork by Jacqueline Sullivan)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Members’ Show Opening Reception at 6pm; Lecture/Demonstration from 7-8pm
The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

Free and open to the public; guests are welcome.

We are so fortunate to have London-based calligrapher extraordinaire Paul Antonio in New York City this week! After a very successful sold-out weekend workshop, he’ll be speaking on paleography — the study of ancient/historical handwriting — and how it can influence and enhance our work today. Come see this year’s Annual Members’ Show, enjoy refreshments, and stay for an interesting and engaging program!

Linear Language: Annual Members’ Open Exhibition
November 3  — extended! — through November 29, 2014
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

The National Arts Club is free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 10 to 5.
Our show in the Trask Gallery has been extended another week through November 29.

Featuring artwork by Alice, Linda Abrams, Paul Antonio, Karen Charatan, Maureen Chen, Aileen Crow, Cynthia Dantzic, Rebecca Farber, Wendy Fung, Jill Greenbaum, Noa Guy, Margaret Harber, Elinor Holland/Aysha Venjara, Susan Honig, Judy Kastin, Ernest Krysty, Barry Morentz, Masayo Nai, Anna Pinto, Sheila Richter, Laurie Sayres, Emily Brown Shields, Julio Vega, Kathy Wallace, Holly Woodward, Jia Xuan Zhang. To download an index of the show’s artists and artwork, please click here.

Opening Reception on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 6 to 8pm
Featuring a lecture/demonstration on paleography by UK-based calligrapher Paul Antonio.

Submissions: All current members are invited to submit pieces for hanging on Sunday, November 2. Download our 2014 Entry Form — with all details and dates included — by clicking here. (You can type right on the form!) All pieces must be framed and contain some form of hand-lettering. Label details are due by 5pm October 28; pieces must be mailed or hand-delivered by 9:30am November 2.