Our Atlanta Guild is committed to the continuing education of our membership.  We are fortunate that we have been visited by many national and international professional teaching calligraphers and lettering artists through the years. 

On this page you will find:

  • A list of our upcoming workshops

  • General information on our workshops

  • A link to the workshop registration form

  • A link to the workshop etiquette form

  • A link to the FotA Expense Reimbursement Form

Upcoming workshops


NEW DATES!!  February 15 & 16 (Saturday & Sunday)

One seat is available.

Harvest is an IAMPETH Master Penman who lives in Michigan, and travels world- & nation-wide sharing her expertise with this beautiful Spencerian Script.  We will begin with lower case letters and progress towards the upper case letterforms. 


Harvest also hosts her annual weeklong Spencerian Saga at Geneva on the Lakes in Ohio.  The Saga is held every year in October. Consider visiting her website for details about her Spencerian Saga.  It is always a real special treat attending her weeklong Saga experience ( as you network and build friendships with like minded attendees.  

Spencerian Script

Lower case and Upper case 

Skill level: All.

Perfect for those new to this script & a great refresher for those familiar with this script.

It would be helpful if you're familiar with the use of an oblique penholder, dip nib, & ink.

For the supply list, please click here.

Heather Held

March 27 & 28 (Friday & Saturday): Two day Workshop on The Passionate Pen 

For workshop supply list click here.

For a preview of what you'll work on, click here.

March 29 (Sunday): One day Workshop on Festive Flourishes

For workshop supply list click here.

Both workshops are full.

Please contact Katy Burge at to be added to the wait-list.

Visit Heather's website for more details and photos of her work and what we'll learn.

Skill level: All.

It would be helpful if you're familiar with the use of an oblique penholder, dip nib, & ink.


Heather is a very popular instructor who travels world- & nation-wide from Canada. Her workshops fill up very fast. These workshops will be a wonderful opportunity to learn Heather's graceful beauty with her lettering & flourishing techniques. Due to her popularity, it has taken two years to book Heather. 

In addition, FotA will host Heather in March 2021.


July 6 - 11 (Monday - Saturday)

Pay membership dues before January 2020 to be eligible for Priority Registration, which precedes general registration.

If you're attending, know that you will not always have all the workshops with Heather or Harvest, if you select either of their workshops during the conference. Consider taking a full workshop that FOTA is hosting, so that you're assured of your learning opportunities with either Harvest or Heather.

Gemma Black 

September 18, 19, & 20, 2020 (Friday, Sat. & Sun)

Topic: TBD

Skill Level: TBD


Internationally known Calligrapher Gemma Black travels worldwide to teach and share

her varied calligraphic skills and techniques.  This is Gemma's final year traveling

abroad from Tasmania Australia, and this is also her 20th year teaching. Gemma will now retire from traveling great distances to teach, but will still offer workshops in Australia.


Those who attended Gemma's workshops in 2019, we all learned so much as she's such an amazing instructor. She's also highly sought after at the International Calligraphy Conferences.  As a side note, we loved her workshops so much, that we invited Gemma to teach again in her final year before retiring. 

Sherri Thornton

Dates TBD 

Topic: The Pencil Connection - The tie that binds Words & Illustration

For the supply list, click here.

For exemplars, click here.

Skill level: All.

It is helpful if you're familiar with the use of a variety of calligraphic tools.


Peter Thornton addresses Sherri as "Lady T".  Sherri has taught at several International Calligraphy Conferences in the past. Now newly retired, she has returned to the calligraphic circuit where she teaches internationally and nationwide.

Sherri is an amazing artist, very skilled with a calligraphic hand and the use of colors. 

Possible 2021 Workshops


Rachel Yallop from England

Date: March 11, 12, 13 & 14, 2021

Topic: TBD

Heather Held
Date: October 16 & 17, 2021 (Sat & Sunday)

Topic: Alphabet Garden

Loredana Zega
Date: TBD

Topic: May be Roman Caps

Paul Antonio
Topic: TBD
Date: TBD


Pat Blair
Date: TBD
Topic: TBD

General information on workshops

Workshops will be held at 550 Pharr Rd. NE Building, Atlanta GA

550 Pharr Rd NE building (Info here)

Set up time : Anytime after 9:00 a.m.
Workshop Times: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (unless informed otherwise)

FOTA Workshop Chair: Katy Burge

Contact info: or text at 678-910-8273

Workshop costs haven't changed, and we generally keep it at these prices. 

1-day workshop:      $85

2-day workshop:    $175

3-day workshop:    $225



Changes may occur if the workshop attendance/sign-up is low. For those who've signed up, you'll be given a choice. For example: If, as a group everyone agrees, the costs for workshop will increase to make up any differences for workshop expenses. With previous workshops with low sign-up, the increase has varied from $15 to $40.

Click here for the Workshop Registration Form

Click here for the Workshop Etiquette Form

FotA Expense Reimbursement Form

Click here