Linear Language: Annual Members’ Open Exhibition
March 7 through April 1, 2017
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Trask Gallery
The National Arts Club is free and open to the public Monday–Friday from 10 to 5.

Artists’ Reception & Gallery Talk: Thursday, March 23, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. (Talk begins at 7:00 pm.)

We wish to present a wide range of calligraphic work — from amateurs, students, and professionals alike — demonstrating the vitality of this art and craft, and its range from traditional to experimental. This is your opportunity to help create a rich, varied, and exciting public display.

Submissions: All current members are invited to submit pieces for hanging by Monday, March 6. All artwork must contain some form of hand-lettering, and all pieces must be framed behind glass or plexiglass, wired and ready-to-hang. Guidelines for delivery and more information on our download-able Entry Form here.

We’re also looking for people to help hang the show on Monday, March 6. If you’re available, please email


A la Memoire des Enfants Déportés:
Calligraphic Paintings “in Memory of the Children”

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm (Lecture at 6:00)
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.

Initiated in 2010, Eleanor’s calligraphic painting project, entitled A la Memoire des Enfants Déportés (In Memory of the Deported Children) comprises more than 200 works commemorating 6000 Jewish children who were deported from Paris between 1941 and 1944, and died in the death camps at Auschwitz. Based on the texts from commemorative plaques installed by the French government on the facades of Parisian school buildings, Eleanor has “taken the words off the walls” and created artworks with the purpose of honoring the memory of these young victims of the Holocaust through the use of calligraphy, color, texture and design, in order that contemporary viewers never forget this tragic chapter in our shared history.

Many of these works have been exhibited in New York at the Anne Frank Center in 2014 and at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Detroit in 2016. Eleanor will talk about the inspiration for the paintings as well as the artistic evolution of the project from simple symmetrical pen-and-ink calligraphy to multi-layered, sometimes semi-legible works using a variety of media, letterforms and techniques.

We will also introduce our inaugural class of Society of Scribes Scholarship recipients. 

(Artwork by Eleanor Winters)


Our Spring 2016 Classes & Workshops have been posted!
Details and descriptions here.

Registration for all early spring workshops (thru April 29) is now open.
Registation for late spring workshops (April 30 and beyond) will open at 7am on February 27 for members and February 28 for general public.

But that’s not all! Please save the dates for these upcoming events:

Saturday, April 1 – An Evening with Ziller Inks!
Saturday/Sunday, April 8 & 9 – John Neal Pop-Up Shop!
May 17 thru July 29 – “The Revival of Calligraphy” Exhibition at The Grolier Club
Thursday, May 18 – Symposium at The Grolier Club
Saturday/Sunday, June 10 & 11 – Gothicized Italic with Barry Morentz
Saturday/Sunday, July 14 & 15 – Liesbet Boudens

Coming soon: Fall 2017 — Renee Jorgensen and more!
(All dates & events are subject to change until officially posted.)

(Artwork by Loredana Zega)


Cynthia Dantzic’s Sabbatical Plus Exhibition
February 1–24, 2017
Nathan Resnick Showcase Gallery, Third floor, Library Learning Center
1 University Plaza, LIU Brooklyn

Re-Scheduled Reception: Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Many SoS-related items on display, including photographs at the Passionate Pen conference and the NAC’s book event for 100 New York Calligraphers.

Travel: B/Q/R to DeKalb; 2/3/4/5 to Nevins; A/C/F to Jay Street
For more information, call 718.488.1198

(Bygone Bugle, photograph by Cynthia Dantzic)


Eleanor Winters spent four weeks this fall teaching in Hong Kong, Singapore and Jakarta. It was her third trip in three years to teach in Asia, but first time teaching in Jakarta. She reports that the students were wonderful, very enthusiastic and excited about learning calligraphy: “I think it’s relatively new over there, and interest is growing. Some students flew in from Bangkok, the Philippines and Taipei, who had taken a Spencerian class with Michael Sull previously, and wanted to learn more pointed pen, especially Copperplate Flourishing. In total, I taught 17 workshops in four weeks, six of which were Flourishing classes!”

This photo was taken at their calligraphy association get-together in October, a “Meet & Greet” welcoming Eleanor to Jakarta.

We are happy to have Eleanor back in New York City, where she’ll be teaching Italic I and Foundational this spring!


Friday, December 9, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
Free and open to the public. Guests are welcome. Refreshments served.

We have one spot left in Paul’s workshop on December 17/18, and everyone is invited to attend his Friday night lecture…

The struggles and successes of Father Catich are told through photographs, video and examples of his own artwork. Follow young Catich through his training in the orphanage, experiences as a sign painter in Al Capone’s Chicago, adventures at the North American University in Rome and his studies of the Imperial Roman lettering on Trajan’s column in Rome with Paul Herrera, his last apprentice. Herrera brings the spirit of Father Catich to life with voice imitations and anecdotal stories of what it was like to work with a true letter arts master craftsman.


BEYOND WORDS: ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS IN BOSTON COLLECTIONS is the first exhibition to showcase highlights of illuminated manuscripts in the Boston area. An ambitious collaborative project, Beyond Words is notable for the size of its curatorial team, the number of lending institutions, and a multi-venue display. The exhibition presents more than 260 outstanding manuscripts and printed books from nineteen Boston-area collections, dating from the ninth to the seventeenth centuries. The exhibit is supplemented by an extensive catalog, a three-day symposium, and public programming. Explore the website for additional information on Beyond Words.

Manuscripts from Church & Cloister (Houghton Library, Harvard University)
September 12–December 10, 2016

In the Houghton Library’s portion of the exhibit, the emphasis is on the centrality of books to monastic life. Male and female monasticism revolved around religion, but at its heart was a cult of the book: not just the bible, all books.

Manuscripts for Pleasure & Piety (McMullen Museum, Boston College)
September 12–December 11, 2016

At the McMullen Museum, the visitor’s attention shifts to lay readership and the place of books in medieval society. The High Middle Ages witnessed an affirmation of the visual and, with it, empirical experience.

Italian Renaissance Books: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
September 22, 2016–January 16, 2017

The Gardner Museum explores the birth of the modern book in fifteenth-century Italy, which was the genesis of the radical shift from manuscript to print to digital culture that evolved over the last 500 years. Against the backdrop of the present Digital Age and current debates over the relevance of the book, the show invites visitors to contemplate one era of revolution in the time of another.


Here’s a quick preview of our Spring Schedule. Please know that all dates/classes are subject to change until they are officially posted on our Classes/Workshops page. Registration for Classes will begin on January 23/24; registration for Workshops will begin on February 6/7. Current members will get 24-hour pre-registration by email at 8am on Feb 6; registration will be open to the general public on Feb 7. (Late spring/early summer workshops — from April 30 and beyond — will open on February 20/27.)

Classes (Registration opens January 23/24)
February 19/26 – Copperplate Intensive with Marcy Robinson
5 Saturdays starting February 25 – Italic I with Eleanor Winters
5 Sundays starting March 5 – Copperplate I with Elinor Holland
2 Saturdays starting March 18 – Italic Variations with Anna Pinto
April 22/May 6 – Foundational with Eleanor Winters
May 20/21 – Intro to Copperplate with Laura Di Piazza

Early Spring Workshops (Registration opens February 6/7)
February 25/26 – Flat Brush & Embossing with Loredana Zega
March 4/5 – Fraktur with Paul Shaw
March 11/12 – A for Accordion with Cherryl Moote
March 19 – Brush Lettering with Debra Dick
March 26 – Modern Storybook Script with Kathy Milici
April 1/2 – Cadels with Vivian Mungall
April 29/30 – The Artful Flourish with Heather Held (pictured above)

Late Spring Workshops (Registration opens February 20/27)
April 30 – (TBC) The Flourished Name with Kathy Milici
May 6/7 – Spencerian with Harvest Crittenden
May 20/21 – A Sharp Pencil & A Keen Eye with Amity Parks
June 3/4 – (TBC) Roman Capitals with Marcy Robinson
June 10/11 – Gothicized Italic with Barry Morentz

(Dates/classes are still subject to change until officially posted.)

We’ve just added two NEW December workshops!


Sunday, December 4, 2016 – Write with White Workshop with Kathy Milici
A brand new workshop from Kathy Milici! — Just in time for the holidays and based on popular questions from social media: Have you ever wanted to try writing in white… on paper, on glass, on ribbon, and more? Which white works best? Come and play and experiment with us!


Sat/Sun, December 17/18, 2016 – Slate Cutting with Paul Herrera
Due to popular demand, we added a second slate-cutting workshop with Paul Herrera! There’s still one spot left in this workshop!


Society of Scribes Annual Holiday Fair!
Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 11am to 4pm 
The Brotherhood Synagogue, 28 Gramercy Park South
(20th Street between 3rd Avenue & Irving Place)
Free Admission! Open to the public! Guests are welcome!

Paper & Ink Arts: Please pre-order by October 21st to pickup at the Fair!

Join us for the event of the year, celebrating calligraphy and our love of hand-lettering and hand-made treasures! This year’s Fair will feature both new and traditional attractions: * Paper & Ink Arts on-site calligraphy boutique * Decorative rubber stamps, scrapbooking and paper crafts from The Ink Pad  * Scriptorium with Karen Gorst * Brause nibs! * Marbled artwork by Katherine Radcliffe * Watercolor cards by Annette Fleischman * Calligraphy demonstrations * Vintage 1890s Warren’s Pens * The SoS Café (featuring complimentary premiere espresso/coffee from Cupa Cabana and assorted bagels/pastries from 11 to 3) * plus lots more to see and do! (We will continue to update this post as more vendors and demonstrators are confirmed, so please check back for the latest info!)

You can see pictures from Holiday Fair 2014 here.
(Photographs by Grayson Dantzic)

Scriptorium w/ Karen Gorst – from 12 to 3
Featuring Neuland and Pointed Brush Flowers!

Calligraphy & Art Demonstrations!
Christopher Calderhead & Anna Pinto – Annual Collaboration
Cynthia Dantzic – 100 New York Calligraphers
Jerise Fogel – Papercutting & Hebrew (11:00 to 12:30)
Elizabeth Hunter — SliderWriter & Magnetic Ink Stirrer (1:30 to 4:00)
Barry Morentz – Gothic Caps & Horizon Pen
Marcy Robinson – Copperplate & Roman Caps (11:00 to 1:30)
Leslie Watkins – Decorative Borders & Marginalia (12:00 to 4:00)
Carol Zack – Inks
Jim Zhang – Chinese (1:30 to 4:00)
(Please note that all times and demos may be subject to change, and there may be some impromptu demos added throughout the day!)

Silent Auction! Featuring one-of-a-kind artwork by Christopher Calderhead, Anna Pinto, books from Cynthia Dantzic, Yves Leterme and more!

White Elephant Table! We are asking members to bring gently used, unwanted calligraphy and art supplies: We’ll find them a good home.

Volunteers Needed! Please volunteer, we still need your help to make the Holiday Fair happen. Email us:

(Holiday Fair artwork by Laura Di Piazza)

Some of our favorite calligraphers will be teaching and lecturing in New York City in the next few weeks:


Elinor Holland: Thuluth Script, Letter by Letter
November 5, November 19, December 4 from 10:00 to 3:30
Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, 113 W. 60th St. Room SL24E
$80 each day; first time students: $20 materials fee payable to instructor
More info here.


Carl Rohrs Lecture: Scripts & Script Typefaces & Back Again
Monday, October 31 at 6:30 pm
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square, Lower Level
Free and open to the public: register here.
Script typefaces can start at calligraphy, a quick sketch or a dashed-off handwritten note. Let’s look at some scripts’ beginnings. Once it becomes a face, it that the end of its creative trail? Can’t it still inspire more handwork? There are calligraphers, sign writers and lettering artists who think it can.

Carl is also teaching a workshop: Typefaces You Can Write with a Pen & Brush on Sat/Sun, October 29/30, for Type@Cooper. More info here.


Paul Antonio in New York City
2500 Years of Western Alphabet Lecture
October 28, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Advanced Pointed Nib Workshop
October 29, 10:00 to 6:00/October 30, 10:00 to 5:00
Beginners Copperplate Workshop
October 31, 10:00 to 6:00/November 1, 10:00 to 5:00
Union Square Loft, 873 Broadway #408
More info here.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 5 to 7 pm
The Ink Pad, 37 Seventh Avenue @ 13th Street
Free and open to the public: please RSVP here.

We’re so excited to welcome fantasy artist, calligrapher and illuminator Jane Sullivan from France on Wednesday, November 9 at The Ink Pad! Jane will be doing a book-signing and demo: We especially love her Illuminated Letters Sketchbook! and her newly published Calligraphy, both from Peter Pauper Press!

You can take a peek at Jane’s Sketchbook here. Her workshop will be based on these lovely Illuminated Letters! And you can take a quick flip through her new Calligraphy book, full of historical scripts and easy-to-follow guides here.

Later that evening, Jane will be teaching a short workshop called Fantasy Letters. We’re very sorry to say that this workshop is completely sold out, but everyone is welcome to come to the book-signing and demo. If you can’t make it to the signing, you can still purchase a signed book: Just call The Ink Pad to place your order: 212-463-9876. You won’t regret adding Jane’s books to your collection!

(artwork by Jane Sullivan)


Due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, we must CANCEL both events with Huy Hoang Dao this weekend. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we’ll work to set up another event with Hoang some time in the future.

Friday, October 21, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Spend an evening with Huy Hoang Dao — young penman from Vietnam! Hoang will show slides and talk about his calligraphy: current study, lessons from self-learning, some of his best works. He’ll also share his pen-making process — pens will be available for purchase! — and his newly-completed scrapbook.

You can see more of Hoang’s amazing work on Instagram.

There will also be an informal “Pen Meet-Up!” with Hoang the next day:

Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 2:30 to 5:00 pm
Hoang will share some traditional flourishing techniques and more on Saturday. Handcrafted pen holders will be available for purchase.


Mehdi Saeedi: Calligraphic Transformation
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Type Directors Club, 347 W. 36th Street
TDC members $5, non-members $22.09, students $16.82
Register online here.

Members may be interested in this lecture, sponsored by our friends at the Type Directors Club…

Mehdi Saeedi’s artistic vision is informed by the aesthetic heritage and traditions of the Middle East. Combining his experience in classical Persian calligraphy with visual cues from the art of dance, Saeedi explores the sensual nature of writing. His work—thoroughly contemporary, masterful, shimmering with visual sleights of hand—has as its basis movement, speed, space, and color. Saeedi will present work, discuss the evolution of his style, and give a preview of new projects.

Mehdi Saeedi‎ is an award-winning, internationally known artist and designer based in Philadelphia. He was born in Tehran, Iran. He is a typographer and calligrapher whose expertise is zoomorphic lettering design—shaping words into animals and other forms. His work has been in more than 250 exhibitions and biennials worldwide, and has been published numerous times, including in New Masters of Poster Design (Rockport, 2012). Saeedi has taught classes and workshops in Iran and abroad, and is currently part-time faculty at Towson University in Maryland.

(artwork by Mehdi Saeedi)


Friday, September 23, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
Free and open to the public. Guests are welcome. Refreshments served.

James’ weekend workshop is sold out, but everyone is welcome to attend his Friday night lecture…

James has developed a new modern style inspired by nature and the cosmos, based on historical Spencerian and Round Hand scripts into an exciting new pointed pen “look” — a continuation of the Golden Age of American Ornamental Penmanship for use in our modern age.


Waters Rising: An Evening with Sheila Waters & Julian Waters
Friday, October 7, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm (refreshments at 5:30)
The Grolier Club, 47 E. 60th Street
Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Books available for purchase.
Please RSVP here.

5:30 pm – Refreshments
6:00 pm – FILM The Restoration of Books: Florence 1968
The 40 minute film by Roger Hill, script by Peter Waters.
6:45 pm – LECTURE Sheila Waters & Julian Waters
How events unfolded following the flood, with many photos.
7:30 pm – BOOK SIGNING
Books will be available for purchase (pre-order with RSVP to guarantee a copy).

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Florence Flood, Sheila and Julian Waters will describe the events detailed in Sheila’s new book, Waters Rising: Letters from Florence, chronicling her late husband Peter Waters’ leadership in saving 100,000+ severely damaged rare books at the Bibliotec Nazionale Centrale di Firenze following the flood, work which still continues today.

The book contains over 100 letters between Peter in Florence and Sheila in England from late 1966 to mid 1967, a day-to-day history of a pivotal time. The 496 page book contains 283 photos, including heart-wrenching images of flood damaged volumes, restoration procedures, and many of Peter’s designer bookbindings from age 14 though his mid 30s. After Florence, Waters was appointed Chief of Conservation at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, and has had a lasting influence on book and paper conservation worldwide.

A complimentary DVD is included: The Restoration of Books: Florence 1968, showing flood damaged books, fabrication of equipment and work stations, hand techniques and rare footage of Peter Waters making a leather binding.

Sheila (b. 1929) and son Julian Waters (b. 1957) are both internationally known calligraphers, designers and teachers. Julian Waters was a consultant and co-designer of Waters Rising.

Waters Rising: Letters from Florence will be available for purchase ($50), along with other signed books by Sheila and Julian Waters.

A review of Waters Rising from The Washington Post here.

Download pdf with more information about the program and books available for purchase here.


Our Fall 2016 Classes & Workshops have been posted!
Details, descriptions and registration here.

But that’s not all! Please save the dates for these upcoming events:

Saturday, September 10 – Paper & Ink Play Day
Friday, October 7 – Waters Rising with Sheila Waters & Julian Waters, Grolier Club
Sunday, November 13 – Annual Holiday Fair, Brotherhood Synagogue
TBD in Dec/Jan – The Calligraphy of Alice Book Signing, The Grolier Club
TBD in Feb – Calligraphy Show & Share Night with Alice
March 6 through April 1, 2017 – Members’ Open Show, National Arts Club
(Subject to change. Details will be posted soon!)

Coming in Spring 2017: Loredana Zega, Paul ShawVivian Mungall, Cherryl MooteHeather Held, Harvest Crittenden! (Subject to change until officially posted.)

(Artwork above: James Fazz Farrell, Contemporary Pointed Pen on September 23/24, 2016)


Here’s a preview of our Fall Schedule…  All dates/classes are still subject to change until they are officially posted on our Classes/Workshops page. Current members will get 24-hour pre-registration links around 4/5pm on August 19; links will be posted for the public on August 20. (Some workshops may be added later.)

Introductory Classes
September 17/18 – Laura Di Piazza, Intro to Copperplate
5 Saturdays starting September 24 – Anna Pinto, Italic-I
5 Sundays starting October 9 – Elinor Holland, Copperplate-I
October 22/23 – Marcy Robinson, Copperplate Intensive
November 12/19 – Marcy Robinson, Copperplate Intensive

September 17/18 – Patricia Buttice, Cancellaresca Corsiva (pictured above)
September 24/25 – James Farrell, Pointed Pen
September 25 – Kathy Milici, Modern Storybook Script
October 1/2 – Elinor Holland, Arabic
October 2 – Debra Dick, Brush Lettering
October 15/16 – Leslie Watkins, Watercolor Decorative Borders
October 23 – Kathy Milici, The Flourished Envelope
October 29/30 – Barry Morentz, Boxmaking
November 13 – HOLIDAY FAIR!
December 3/4 – Anthony Bloch, Drawn Letters
December 10/11 – Paul Herrera, Slate Inscription Cutting


We couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming publication of The Calligraphy of Alice, and we’d like to celebrate Alice’s work by giving away three autographed copies of her new book!

To enter, please reply/share/tag on Facebook —or— send a handwritten postcard with your name and address to:

Society of Scribes, Ltd.
The Calligraphy of Alice
Post Office Box 933
New York, New York 10150

All postcards must be handwritten, and must be received by August 30, 2016. (You can include a note or question for Alice; we’ll make sure she gets them!)

Please follow us on Instagram and Twitter and/or like us on Facebook.
Please help us get the word out by re-posting, re-tweeting and tagging your friends!

We will randomly choose three winners, and we’ll be happy to ship anywhere in the world. Winner(s) will be posted in early September. Books will be mailed in November/December when they are ready. Additional rules and conditions apply and can be found here.



“The Calligraphy of Alice”
Kickstarter campaign: June 24 – July 30, 2016

While Alice’s work is known to scribes all over, the vast body of her graphic output remains unseen and uncollected. With your help, this first-ever compilation of Alice’s art will change that. Jerry Kelly has written an introduction and selected, with Alice’s active participation, over 150 illustrations, showing the breadth of her artistry. Donald Jackson has contributed an eloquent appreciation of his friend and colleague. And, to the delight of calligraphers, sketches and preliminary layouts will offer a rare glimpse into her working process. The book will run to over 140 pages in large format, with many color illustrations. It will be printed on archival paper, hardcover, with a sewn binding using imported cloth.

Download a pdf prospectus for the book, with more information and sample pages, here.

The Kickstarter page is live until July 30th; you can see it here.

There will be early subscriber discounts, and various premiums will be available, including original calligraphic samples by Alice, as well as deluxe limited editions with special additional material.

— Jerry Kelly