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 beautiful 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.


Sheila Waters  FoundationalWCG members who teach calligraphy classes in the Washington area:

  • In Washington (and occasionally elsewhere), Michele Hatty Fritz of Meant To Be Calligraphy regularly teaches Introduction to Contemporary Pointed Pen Calligraphy and Brush Lettering.

  • In Fairfax County at the Oak Marr Rec Center, Oakton VA, Gretchen Elson teaches Introduction to Calligraphy (listed on registration website as simply Calligraphy), 6 weeks beginning Thurs, Sept 12 from 10-12:30. Also Italic (listed on registration website as simply Italic not Calligraphy), 6 weeks beginning Thurs, Oct 31 from 10-12:30. Location: Oak Marr Rec Center, Oakton, VA. Register at

  • Elinor Aishah HollandLearn the art of Arabic calligraphy with Elinor Aishah Holland's weekend workshops in Rockville, MD sponsored by Scripts 'n' Scribes. All classes are 10am-4:30pm.
    Saturdays, March 16, June 22 and September 28
    More information and registration.

  • Boston, MA: Calligraphy and manuscript courses in Boston and Hingham, MA taught by WCG member Maryanne Grebenstein of The Abbey Studio.



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Anne Lane

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