WCG logo by Sheila WatersFounded in 1976, the Washington Calligraphers Guild is a nonprofit organization of more than 500 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.

Pens & Protocol: The Calligraphy of Official Washington, Vol. 2

Walk the corridors of power to view the elegant work and hectic work schedules of calligraphers for the White House, the Vice President, the Departments of State and the Interior, and more.



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
~ Next meeting April 29
Membership information ~ How to join or renew
Scholarships ~ The Zapf Education Fund
Scripsit ~ WCG's journal
Workshops ~ Registration is now open!

Debra Brown

Register for WCG's 2017 Workshops!

>> Download the 2017 Workshops Bulletin

>> Download the brochure for Luca Barcellona's Blackletter Retreat

>> View a summary on our Workshops page


Sally PenleyGraceful Envelope Contest
Call for Entries

2017 theme:
Pushing the Envelope

DEADLINE: March 27 !!


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 March 25, 2017 by the Washington Calligraphers Guild
P.O. Box 3688, Merrifield, VA 22116

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

Lorraine Swerdloff, website administrator