Annual Conference

Upcoming Conferences

2021: August 2 -7, Omaha, Nebraska 

2022: July 11-16, Atlanta, Georgia

Information will be available in March for that year's conference, with registration taking place in April.  Registration priority is given to our current members.


About the Annual Conference

convention-1.jpgThe IAMPETH Annual Conference, for IAMPETH members only, is a wonderful week spent learning the pen arts with some of the best penmen and calligraphic artists in the country.

You must be a member to get priority registration for our conference.  We open up registration to non-members two weeks later if there are any remaining seats.

Our conferences have several unique features:

  • convention-3.jpgExcellent instructors have included: Paul Antonio, Mike Kesceg*, Valerie Weilmunster, Michael Sull*, Maria Thomas, John DeCollibus*, Bill Lilly*, Cathy Ledeker, Vivian Mungall*, Heather Held, Rick  Muffler*, Dr. Joseph Vitolo, Suzanne Cunningham, Marie Hornback, and Rosemary Buczek* to name just a few. 
  • Cutting edge technology is used for workshops, such as the Dukane digital projection system. The system allows the instructor to project his or her hand as the pen makes the stroke. Watching the instructor's hand actually use the pen or brush is the best way to learn the pen arts.
  • Half-day and full-day courses give the student the opportunity to learn a broad variety of skills from several different instructors.
  • Reasonable prices. A week of instruction for less than the price of many weekend workshops makes the IAMPETH Conference one of the best calligraphic bargains to be found.convention-2.jpg
  •  Instructors. The Conference instructors are paid a small stipend for sharing their gift of teaching with fellow IAMPETH members. They do, however pay all of their own travel and food expenses, allowing us to keep registration fees low. This is truly unique, and one more reason why our Conference is such a magical week.
  • The IAMPETH Archive Collection, an amazing collection of rare samples of historic master penmanship, is available all week long for attendees to see and study.
  • Friends and Fellowship. Spend a week renewing old friendships and starting new ones with like-minded scribes who share the love of calligraphy, engrossing and beautiful penmanship.


Current and recent conventions
Dates President Location
2021, Aug 02 to Aug 07 Neil McCaffery Marriott Omaha Downtown Capitol District
Omaha, NE
2020, Jul 06 to Jul 11 Jody Meese Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead
Atlanta, GA
2019, Jul 15 to Jul 20 Marie Hornback Doubletree by Hilton
Denver, CO
2018, Aug 06 to Aug 11 Debi Zeinert Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Milwaukee, WI
2017, Jul 10 to Jul 15 Bryan Platt Hyatt Regency Louisville
Louisville, KY
2016, Jul 11 to Jul 16 Alesia Zorn Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach
Portland, OR
2015, Jul 13 to Jul 18 Ann Cobb Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
Franklin, TN
2014, Aug 04 to Aug 09 Heather Victoria Held Sheraton at Keystone Crossing
Indianapolis, IN
2013, Jul 08 to Jul 13 Bill Kemp Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Albuquerque, NM
2012, Aug 06 to Aug 11 Debi Zeinert Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Milwaukee, WI
2011, Jul 11 to Jul 17 Jenny Muffler Embassy Suites Phoenix - Biltmore
Phoenix, AZ
2010, Aug 09 to Aug 14 Vivian Mungall Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
Lake Buena Vista, FL
2009, Jul 13 to Jul 19 Janie Cravens Holiday Inn
Nashville, TN
2008, Aug 04 to Aug 10 Richard Muffler Embassy Suites La Quinta - Hotel & Spa
La Quinta, CA
2007, Jul 09 to Jul 15 Neil McCaffery Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza
Kansas City, MO
2006, Jul 10 to Jul 15 Karen Brooks Holiday Inn Select
Naperville, IL
2005, Aug 08 to Aug 13 Angela Welch Royal Sonesta Hotel
New Orleans, LA
2004, Jul 12 to Jul 17 Sharon D. Eisman Providence Marriott Hotel
Providence, RI
2003, Jul 07 to Jul 12 James Williams Wyndham Playhouse Square Hotel
Cleveland, OH

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