Build your skills and make new friends—attend a conference!

Conferences are not just for experienced calligraphers. People from all creative backgrounds can grab the opportunity to go to national and international conferences to learn from expert teachers, artists, and calligraphy practitioners.

Read here how one first-time calligraphy conference attendee took a leap of faith and attended Letter Works 2016. 

Check back often—we will be updating this page as new opportunities come across our radar.


Rendez-vous 2019 International Calligraphy Conference

June 29-July 6, 2019

Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada

Since 1981, calligraphers have gathered in a different city each year for the International Calligraphy Conference, united by their mutual love of letters. The 38th edition of this conference is in Sherbrooke, Québec (Canada) from June 29 to July 6, 2019. Rendez-vous 2019 will take place at Bishop’s University, located in the beautiful Eastern Townships less than two hours southeast of Montréal. 

The conference will be a wonderful opportunity to meet and learn from world-class, renowned instructors from different parts of the world. The faculty will be announced in the fall, and for the first time in the conference’s history, several classes will be offered in French! Participants can opt to take either one week-long class or two half-week classes. An exhibition of calligraphy pieces will be held all week, lectures and social activities are scheduled each evening, and there will be onsite stores with specialty calligraphy supplies and books.

“Leonardo For Our Times”
International Calligraphy Course

May 23–26, 2019
Turin, Italy

A new International Calligraphy workshop led by Massimo Polello will be held in Turin, Italy from May 23rd to 26th, 2019. The event, in collaboration with Tec, the Royal Library and Massimo Polello, pays tribute to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci just as Italy commemorates the 500th Anniversary of the great master's death.

For further information on signing-up, please email Patricia Parpajola at

Elucidare, Lettering as Image & Complementary Textural Writing

June 7–14, 2019
Mills College
Oakland, CA

The Mills College Book Art Program is pleased to announce the 2019 Summer Institute for Book and Print Technologies taking place June 7-14 with guest artist/instructor Suzanne Moore.

Find out more and apply now at

Questions about the Mills College Summer Institute for Book and Print Technologies or the application process, can be directed to


August 27th–September 1
Minneapolis, MN

400+ letter-loving attendees from around the world will be descending on Minneapolis, MN for a 5-day program to workshops, talks, events, and networking. As in years past, the full lineup includes educational keynotes & presentations. (Previous speakers have included Tobias Frere-Jones, Gemma O’Brien, Underware, Jessica Hische, Louise Fili and Grilli Type.) TypeCon’s is to create a welcoming and inspiring experience for everyone from creative entrepreneurs and graphic designers to artists, educators and students.

Writing 2019 International Calligraphy Symposium

July 15–19, 2019
Vienna, Austria

The Global Calligraphy Vienna (GCV) and International Research Centrefor Calligraphy (IRCC, Sunderland, UK) are collaborating jointly to deliver this symposium.

The theme this year is the exploration of the ‘linear graphic’ or the gestures of lines. A renowned team of calligraphers and artists will be leading a range of workshops that will enlighten your approach to calligraphy. No matter what your skill level or experiences are, each workshop is tailored to enrich your calligraphic development.

Follow this link to download the brochure.

Choosing A Show of Hands

by Georgia Greeley


What led me to this particular calligraphy conference nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains?  Am I a calligrapher?  Not yet.  Did I know anything about this organization?  Not really.  So why did I do it?

Three years ago I decided to do one thing each year which would stretch my skill and knowledge as an artist and writer.  It did not always have to be something huge.  But wanted to take action.  I needed to step outside of my comfort zone, try new things, be willing to play, fail, and learn.  A Show of Hands did all this and more for me.  It was a leap of faith well worth the possible fall.


And I fell into the hands of Yukimi Annand.  I learned multiple ways to make marks on paper, to abstract letter forms, to look at nature and see colors and textures differently.  Yukimi demonstrated varied techniques, traditional tools, homemade tools, and how to use natural objects—stones, seeds, sticks—as writing tools.  She overflowed with knowledge, enthusiasm, and generosity while sharing her skills and her process.


I also saw an overview of the vibrant and active world of calligraphy, both nationally and internationally.  I sat at my meals in the dining hall next to instructors, experienced calligraphers, designers, painters, quilters, and calligraphy beginners like myself.  We talked nonstop.  The three hours of “Show and Share” at the end of the conference, displaying work from all the workshops taught, ran the gamut from foundational calligraphy hands and concepts to experimental work.  It was similar to going to an art museum and being overwhelmed by more visual stimulation than could possibly be absorbed in one day, like an unbelievable sugar high on beauty.

Would I do it again?  In a heartbeat.  Yet I expect I’ll be able to create new work for months, if not years, on what I learned in one week.  As my husband and I drove home from North Carolina, I saw the shadows and light and colors of the earth differently than I had on our trip down South.  What a remarkable gift for one week of exploration and hard work.  What a blessing.