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.

Potluck dinner and calligraphic smorgasbord. More

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Register for 2015 Workshops
> View workshops online
> Download the Workshops Bulletin


About the Washington Calligraphers Guild
Calligraphy classes in the Washington area

Freelance calligraphers ~ Hire a lettering artist
Graceful Envelope Contest ~ View winning entries
History of calligraphy, lettering and typeface design
Links to websites of interest
Meetings ~ Next meeting May 30
Membership information ~ How to join
Merchandise ~ Calendars, decals, clocks reduced

Scripsit ~ New issue on The Graceful Envelope
Workshops ~ 2015 schedule

Art at right by Gerry Jackson Kerdok, a 2012 Graceful Envelope Contest winner



Artwork by Sheila Waters for her series of articles in Letter Arts Review magazineThe word calligraphy comes from the Greek kalli meaning beautiful and graphia referring to writing, and calligraphers today still emulate the elegant letterforms of scribes throughout the centuries. Even in an age of computer-generated type, this ancient craft is flourishing, but it is also evolving. Calligraphy is now a respected visual art, the creative expression of the written word.


Graceful Envelope Scripsit

The Fall 2014 Scripsit, devoted to the Graceful Envelope Contest, features color reproductions of 141 selected winning envelopes from 2009 through 2014.
> How to order
> List of artists in this issue

View the 2014 Graceful Envelope Contest winners


E-mail the Guild

Last updated on May 15, 2015 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 © Charlie Hughes for the Washington Calligraphers Guild. Website: Lorraine Swerdloff