The Business of Calligraphy

Holly Monroe

Monday September 19, 2022

5 -8 Eastern Time


The entrepreneurial spirit has struck, and you realize…I need to know about pricing my calligraphy and maximizing my income. And where do I find clients? Join Holly Monroe as she offers a 3-hour peek into her studio, while sharing tips from her 42 years of experience. Additional topics include studio organization, types of projects that customers ask for, licensing your work with a publisher, shows, teaching, managing your schedule and workflow, reproducing your originals, order form and contract, advertising, meeting with the ‘custom’ client and basic taxes for a sole proprietor. Learn what special supplies and materials Holly uses as well as the hardware and software that make her business go. Anything else you would like to know? Please ask! Students are invited to submit their top 3 questions in advance or during the workshop. Handouts included.

Rachel Yallop

Large Italic using Automatic Pens


Saturday, October 8

9a.m.  2p.m.

(with an hour break for lunch at noon)


Will be via zoom

and available for 30 days


Holly Monroe

Calligraphy as Spiritual Discipline

January 21 & 22, 2023

10a.m. -5p.m.

On-line via Zoom



Joining God and Self, Word and Image with expressive calligraphy gives you the ability to deepen your personal spiritual growth as well as touch the lives of others….bringing encouragement and hope. Learn to practice your passion for calligraphy to create unique, life giving designs. We will meditate on and think through your selection of thought provoking words, choosing the phrases that speak to you and learn to arrange them in a variety of impactful layouts. Interpret the spirit of the text with imagery, decoration, flourishes and multiple lettering styles changing the weight, height and mood of the letters, first in pencil layouts and as time permits, finalize with watercolor, colored pencil, simple collage or with other tools and materials that you have with you. Create a simple portfolio in which to carry your designs home or gift them to another. Whatever your faith or spiritual bent, you are welcome in this class as we “feed the soul by making meaningful words beautiful.”








Rachel Yallop Italic 6
Rachel Yallop Italic 5
Rachel Yallop Italic 4
Rachel Yallop Italic 3
Rachel Yallop Italic 2
Rachel Yallop Italic 1


Past Workshops

Coptic Bound Workshop


Saturday, August 20

10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Village Corner German Restaurant and Bakery

6655 James B. Rivers Memorial Dr., Stone Mountain, GA

This class will be limited to 12 participants











                            Nancy Hays Hills shared her beautiful Coptic bound journals with FotA during the May 2022 meeting.

                       In this workshop we will use the single needle technique to make a Coptic bound book, approximately 6½ x by 10 inches closed, 13 x 10 inches when fully opened. This non-adhesive structure features an exposed spine with visible chain stitching that lays completely flat when open, making it ideal for journals. Each participant will make one blank book to fill as you see fit! Conservation quality materials, including Nancy's preferred Arches Text Wove paper, will be provided.

You need only bring yourself and a pencil.

If you have any of the following you may wish to bring them:
small self-healing mat, appx. 12 x 8½ inches (Please do not bring anything larger)
12 inch ruler
small awl
bone folder 
There is no need to buy anything before the workshop. A list of supply sources will be provided after the workshop, should you wish to buy tools or materials to make additional books.

We will have a one hour break for lunch. 

If you have any questions about the book making process, please contact Marcia Watt at

Questions about the workshop, contact Katy Burge at

Coptic Binding 1a
Coptic Binding 2a

Spencerian Workshop


Bill Kemp (in person)

Sunday July 17



With questions

Bill Kemp’s Spencerian Workshop

will be held at 550 Pharr Road

Atlanta, Georgia  30305

(workshop will be limited to 20 people)














Marina Soria

“Weaving words”

Blending calligraphy with the textile arts

 Two ONLINE evening sessions

26 • 27 April |  7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time


Inspired in the words of the famous Argentine historian, Ruth Corcuera, I created this course.  “Thousands of years ago, when only the voice recorded small and big events of every day life, women would cover their newborn child in a wrap. In this we see a space created between the mother´s womb and the world outside. We believe textiles were born from such gestures, within the realm of feelings and from a women´s view: to protect, to give warmth and to sustain life. In time, textile art will be the means to tell us through colors and designs that the world can be read through symbols, as in a written text. In the great American cultures these symbols were a kind of lingua franca and textiles a major art with many roles, among them to express that where words did not suffice.“

This didn’t happen only in great American cultures but all around the world in all civilizations

Inspired in traditional textiles we will try to rescue their weaving technique, designs, graphics, motifs and color palettes. We will search for the color scheme, predominant & complimentary colors and accents. Study their designs, the character of line and drawings, the texture and pattern in order to mingle and blend calligraphy with the textile arts. With this knowledge we will design alphabets that will resemble our textiles. It’s my intention to share with you my own experimentations and findings and hope you will find new solutions to your calligraphic compositions from this new perspective. We will add stitches and even make books with the use of the sewing machine.

So let´s start weaving!

Supply List


Rachel Yallop

"Design Studio"


January 17, 2022

February 21, 2022

March 21, 2022

All demonstrations will be from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

 FREE to Guild Members

Demos will be recorded and made available for 1 month

Design Studio pointed pen demos


1st session: Writing in a circle.

  • How to go about designing a circular piece.

  • How to make sure all the letters or words will fit and look at the possibility of adapting letter shapes.

  • Looking at the angle of letters to make sure they don’t appear to be falling over on a curved design.

  • How to apply these to other shapes, like a square or diamond shape.


2nd session: Word design.

  • How to put letters together to make words. There is a lot more to it than just placing one letter after another!

  • How to get a balanced design by adding simple flourishing.

  • How to flourish letters which don’t have a descender.

  • How to place a couple of words together, for example, a simple greeting or a pairing of names.


3rd session: Writing a longer piece of text.

  • Looking at a variety of layouts.

  • Looking at line spacing and the effect it has overall.

  • How to solve problems such as descenders from one line clashing with ascenders from the next.

  • How to adapt letter designs to suit the finished piece.

Heather Held


The Poetic Pen

February 12, 2022

10:00 a.m. until 4 p.m.


     Italian Hand is a playful, delicate and joyful script that can drastically lighten your touch with the pointed pen as well as help you develop a stronger understanding of other script hands.  This beautiful script hand evolved out italic and predates English Roundhand and Spencerian Script. It has a unique charming quality than can captivate the onlooker and draw them in for a closer look. Italian Hand is meant to be written rather than drawn and is a very practical script to add your repertoire. The lower case letterforms are delicately shaded and simple to write.
    Capitals are varied and can take the form of a very delicate English Roundhand style capital or have more complexly shaded and flourished forms. This script hand is extraordinarily forgiving and recommended for all skill levels. It is a wonderful place for a beginner to start with as it encourages a very light touch with the pen. This hand has a very gentle quality to it that makes it such a pleasure to explore. I look forward to sharing the history of this hand with you as well as the unique possibilities it can add to you script.

Heather Held

Alphabet Garden

October 16 & 17 (Saturday & Sunday)

10a.m. -4 p.m.  EST


Welcome to an exciting look at Victorian style versals which are brimming with garden florals, vines, leaves, and even some bugs and butterflies. The Victorians had a fascination with illuminated letters and ornaments from the Medieval and Renaissance eras. As I was researching Victorian letter styles as well as Medieval Puzzle Letters, I started to play with ways to combine floral ornamentation with various styles of versals. As I researched and developed different ideas, I was amazed at just how “dancing” and whimsical these letters could become.  The letters themselves can be reflective of any season depending on the colours you use or the decorative details that are added. There are endless possibilities. Students of all skill levels will be able to explore these amazing letters. Bring a sense of play to this class and let the joy begin!


Rachel Yallop

Beyond the Literal Letter

October 2 & 3

9 a.m until noon both days

Workshop price is $60

Once one masters the ductus and has a thorough understanding of the structure of letterforms, we need to make them our own. This class will explore ways of looking at letters in a more abstract way while moving away from the rigidity of writing between two lines. The goal of this class is to develop a fresh and unique style based on your own existing style.


  • Writing common groups of letters, both upper and lowercase in skeletal form.

  • Looking at the length, angle and position of each stroke and their relationship to one another and how they can be altered for effect.

  • Analysing the counter and exterior spaces of each letter and positioning ensuing letters accordingly.

  • Exploring how far the strokes can be pushed and the extremes of letter design without losing clarity.

  • Looking at how they change when weight is added, and different tools are used.

  • Designing whole alphabets and assembling words to make unique and expressive designs.


​​​​​Summer Boot Camp for Calligraphers

With the talented and always fun

Carrie Imai

FREE to all our Guild members

Never used a dip pen in your life?
Taken every calligraphy workshop ever offered

(both in person & on-line)?
Somewhere in between?

We have the summer on-line calligraphy program to tighten up your nibs and loosen up your lettering!!!









Carrie will instruct newbies on exactly how to use a straight edged dip pen
This program will have something for EVERYONE
Beginner to Seasoned Calligrapher


We will meet online bi-weekly in June, July, & August
Mondays from 7-9 p.m. EDT
June 7 & 21; July 12 & 26; August 16 & 30


We will begin with how to properly use a Straight edged dip Pen
We will look at Italics, Foundational, and Uncial lettering styles
You will be a stronger calligrapher at the end of the summer wherever your starting point


She has been instructing for 35+ years, and loves helping each student find their own best letters
You can expect to see a marked improvement in your writing
And expand your knowledge of what makes a good alphabet

Carrie is famous for showing calligraphers how to make their letters dance

Plan to join us every other Monday as we have fun and inspire one another to  excel

 Calligraphy Bootcamp Flyer


and again for your convenience:

General Workshop Information


Katy Burge 

Workshop Chair

Contact info: or text at 678-910-8273


Mail your check, payable to FOTA, to our guild treasurer Barbara Leasure at:
Barbara Leasure (FoTA Workshops)
30 Mimosa Court, Oxford, GA. 30054
Use electronic Transfer:
Accepted Methods: Zelle/Popmoney

For Venmo use ATL_FOTA


IMPORTANT:  Please see registration form/guidelines for more detail and cancellation policies

Online Workshop Registration Form and Guidelines

In-Person Workshop Registration Form and Guidelines

Workshop Etiquette Form

FotA Expense Reimbursement Form


When applicable for In-Person Workshops

In person 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)

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.