Contributor Younghae Chung's workshop; photo by Erin J. Saldana
Calligrafile is home to the internet's largest index of calligraphy guilds and associations, spanning twenty-five countries in six continents.
Extra special thanks goes to Core Contributor Joy Deneen for her diligent work in compiling these lists! Thanks also to Summit Scribes and The Society of Scribes & Illuminators. Contact us if you know of a guild not listed here.
Here you'll find links to:
Calligraphy guilds around the globe • Calligraphy conferences and retreats • Museums with permanent calligraphy collections • Calligraphy scholarships
Calligraphy Guilds & Associations
United States & Canada
Fairbank Calligraphy Society
Iranian Calligraphers Association of North America (North Vancouver)
Kelowna Calligraphers Guild
Warmland Calligraphers of the Cowichan Valley
Westcoast Calligraphy Society
Western Canada Chinese Calligraphy Association
Calligraphers’ Guild of Manitoba
Regina Calligraphy & Paper Arts Group
Birmingham Calligraphy Guild
Friends of the Alphabet (Atlanta)
Idaho Inkspots (Meridian)
Chicago Calligraphy Collective
The Colleagues of Calligraphy (St. Paul)
St. Louis Calligraphy Guild
Escribiente Calligraphy Society (Albuquerque)
Capital City Scribes (Austin)
Fort Worth Calligraphers Guild
Houston Calligraphy Guild
Kaligrafos, The Dallas Calligraphy Society
San Antonio Calligraphers’ Guild
Texas Lettering Arts Council
Waco Calligraphy Guild
Washington D.C. / Virginia
The Washington Calligrapher’s Guild
Meito Shodo-Kai Calligraphy Association
Nib ‘N’ Inks (Tacoma)
Peninsula Scribes (Seguim)
Scripts & Scribes (Liberty Lake)
The Society for Calligraphy & Handwriting (Bellevue)
Tacoma Calligraphy Guild
Write On Calligraphers (Edmonds)
Cream City Calligraphers
Global Calligraphy Vienna
Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society
Society of Scribes & Illuminators
Cinque Ports Scribes (Kent)
Eden Valley Scribes
Gloucestershire Lettering Arts
The Marches Scribes (Leominster)
Mendip Calligraphy Group
North Downs Calligraphers
North London Lettering Association
Northwest Calligraphers’ Association
Sidcup & Bexley Calligraphers
The Society for Italic Handwriting
The Society of Northumbrian Scribes
South London Letter Association
South Wales Scribes
West Country Scribes (Wellington)
L’Associazione Culturale Dal Segno alla Scrittura (Torino)
Centro Internazionale Arti Calligrafiche e del Libro (Arezzo)
Schweizerische Kalligraphische Gesellschaft
Cape Friends of Calligraphy (Capetown)
Calligraphy Programs, Conferences & Retreats
Cheerio Calligraphy Centre
These week-long retreats are held twice a year in North Carolina (USA), led by world-renowned calligraphers and book artists.
European Lettering Institute
Located in Bruges (Belgium), this institute offers a three year professional training course in calligraphy and digital lettering design as well as short term courses and workshops.
This retreat center in Abiquiu, New Mexico (USA) often offers calligraphy workshops as well as a summer program.
International Lettering Arts Conference
This annual conference changes names and locations each year. The 2018 conference is called Seattletters and will be held in Bellingham, Washington (USA).
The 2017 convention will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA). Membership to IAMPETH (International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting) is required, and scholarships are available each year.
Located in Berkeley, California (USA), this academy offers an Academic Series, Master-Student Study and À La Carte Workshops with Master Penmen and Penwomen from around the globe.
Letterfest, All Oregon Calligraphy Conference
A one-day regional gathering of calligraphers and lettering artists sponsored by the Portland Society for Calligraphy (USA).
Letters California Style
A members conference organized by the Society for Calligraphy, Southern California (USA).
Letters of Joy
An annual two-day conference in Seattle, Washington (USA), including a keynote speaker and a large selection of classes.
Led by Harvest Crittenden, this week long program in Spencerian Script takes place at Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio (USA). It is open to anyone with an interest in vintage penmanship, from beginners to advanced students.
Museums & Permanent Calligraphy Collections
United Arab Emirates
Sharjah Calligraphy Museum
Hill Museum and Manuscript Library
The Morgan Library & Museum
The Saint John’s Bible
The Richard Harrison Collection of Calligraphy and Lettering (San Francisco Public Library)
Dancing Letters Scholarship Fund
This fund provides financial assistance to those wishing to further their knowledge of calligraphy and its related arts through attending workshops, lectures, classes, or international, regional and local conferences. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
IAMPETH Scholarship Fund
Three convention scholarships are awarded to IAMPETH members each year: local, general and international. The application period closes near the end of each calendar year.
The Tate Grant
The funds from this grant are used towards IAMPETH convention fees, the Spencerian Saga or towards the purchase of supplies and tools necessary to enhance the recipient's calligraphic skills. The application period closes near the end of each calendar year.