WCG logo by Sheila WatersFounded in 1976, the Washington Calligraphers Guild is a nonprofit organization of 550 U.S. and international lettering artists of all skill levels, from professional scribes to enthusiastic beginners and non-calligraphers who appreciate the lettering and book arts.

Graceful Envelope Contest
Call for Entries

2017 theme:
Pushing the Envelope


About the Washington Calligraphers Guild
Calligraphy classes in the Washington area

Freelance calligraphers ~
Hire a lettering artist
Graceful Envelope Contest
~ 2017 Call for Entries
History of calligraphy, lettering and typeface design

Links to websites of interest
Meetings ~

Membership information ~ How to join or renew
Scholarships ~ The Zapf Education Fund
Scripsit ~ WCG's journal

Hermann Zapf:
A Life in Letters

Julian Waters has produced a magnificent retrospective of Hermann Zapf. In 76 full-color pages, we see his work as a consummate calligrapher, prolific book designer and creator of beautiful typefaces.
Current and new WCG members receive this issue as a benefit of membership.
> How to join
> Purchase copies


Sally Penley


2016 Graceful Envelope Contest Winners!

Sally Penley's Graceful Envelope (left)
was named Best in Show
in the 2016 Graceful Envelope Contest.

View winning entries in all categories


Artwork by Sheila Waters for her series of articles in Letter Arts Review magazineE-mail the Guild

Last updated on Sept. 30, 2016 by the Washington Calligraphers Guild
P.O. Box 3688, Merrifield, VA 22116

WCG logo at top and "Calligraphy" above by Sheila Waters. The "abcxyz" artwork displayed along the left side of every page of this website is by Charlie Hughes and © Washington Calligraphers Guild.

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