Christine — Kansas City, Missouri


I am so excited to find this website.  Some 40 years ago, I self-taught cursive calligrahy, and was paid to write names and dates on diplomas and certificates.  But I am now a novice , a begginer again, and excited to learn calligraphy from accomplished professionals on this website.  There is so much to learn and discover.  I am looking forward to joining and learning after your conference.  Best of luck to all!


Aditi Deo — Pune, India


Hi there!

I've been a member of IAMPETH for almost 3 years now.

I attended the convention in Portland in 2016. And I absolutely loved it.

I have been an active calligrapher for almost 20 years, but I had no guidance so, of course, my lettering was really haphazard, till I attended the convention. Since then I have turned my practice way more serious and am able to achieve a lot. I will be elligible for the certification program soon & I fully intend to take advantage of the new process you have introduced this year.

I have been teaching calligraphy for long, but I have changed my technique now to introduce my students to the wonderful world of Engrosser's and Spencerian scripts, and the like. And there is great enthusiasm that is building in our little, big town. 

I am planning a rather ambition project to bring along some of my students to the convention in Denver, in 2019. I am writing in advance to seek help in coordinating this event for my students.

I hope you can help me plan a this super activity to make it flawless. 

Warm regards,


Aditi Deo :D

Melvis Beaumont — Raleigh, NC


I have been writing calligraphy since I was 14. I loved it and I even taught myself, especially being left handed.  I was glad when I started making it a business for myself when I lived in NC.  I have been writing for 23 years and this is my first time I am hearing about IAMPETH. I know I would like to join once July comes and I am very excited that I found this.  I love working with computers but there's nothing like being one with the paper and the pen. I still instill my children to write and have good penmanship. Once I have more time, I will look around the website.

James Waters — Concord, Ca


I am a Kentuckian who made a bad decision to relocate to California in 2013. I am a skilled trained artist who used to execute Calligraphy years ago and unfortunately did not stick with a joy and beautiful crafted script. I used to have a nice handwriting style, but unfortunately from using technology and computers too strictly became lazy like the majority of our society in keeping and developing proper penmanship. It should be resurrected back into all levels of mandatory curriculum in schools.

Your organization and website is fabulous and inspiring to anyone who takes the time to explore its contents. IAMPETH should advertise more to the general public if in fact they want more usage and coverage and resurrection of proper penmanship.

I am planning to join and would love to be able to attend the convention next year in my hometown of Louisville if I am able to move back to Kentucky next year as hoped. Being fully disabled from employment and also a Disabled Veteran, it is a struggle to get the money together for the move.

God Willing...

Phil Talegas — California


Just spectacular 

dejv — Berlin


I stumbled onto your web site, I really enjoyed it, My dad taught penmanship in the seminary where he was going to school in the first part of the last century, he passed away when I was young, I always admired good penmanship so I will see if I can learn.

Debbie — Hanford, CA


Hello, I am very new to Calligraphy and found IAMPETH through another calligraphy site. I would like to know more about membership. What are in the online journals? Thank you for your help.

Debbie S

****IAMPETH Response****

You can find out more about how to join IAMPETH by visiting the membership page here:     

Membership includes the quarterly Journal, which includes articles, photos of work, information about the members and the annual convention.  Membership also includes acess to the online discussion Forum, where members share information, ask questions, and stay in contact.  Current IAMPETH members are always the first to be able to register for the convention each year. 

Kathy Saunders

IAMPETH Corresponding Secretary


Michael Martin — Indiana


I have been reading all (most) of the articles on your site. I am almost convinced to join.  The lessons were very helpful. I wonder about your forum. A lot of the forums I have been to seem to have quite a lag in communication. Sometimes I think it would be helpful to be able to chat with the group on  some questions. ( and not have to wait 30 days for a reply...)

As for my interest,  a while back I had a stroke that affected my left side and retired me from work for good. Naturally, I am left handed. So, I grabbed a pencil and started learning to write with the right hand.  I got to thinking, why not do it right this time, and thats when I got intrested.  So far I've enjoyed it, and found it quite relaxing!

****IAMPETH Response****

Our forums are quite active.  Many of our members participate in the discussions there regularly.  You will typically receive an answer within hours.  I'll take this opportunity to welcome you in advance!

Kathy Saunders

IAMPETH Corresponding Secretary

Nancy Schaub — Pennsylvania


May a non-educator in penmanship also join IAMPETH?  I was taught Palmer method in grade school and despite age and arthritic changes to my hands, I strive to preserve my penmanship and also to learn Copperplate.  Thank you. 


****IAMPETH Response*****

Of course! Anyone with an interest in handwriting or calligraphy is welcome to join IAMPETH!  I hope you will enjoy all of the information on the website, and the quarterly Journal magazine.  You'll also be welcome to follow the conversations in the IAMPETH Forum discussion group.

Kathy Saunders

IAMPETH Corresponding Secretary

John Hager — New York, US


I have studied all forms of handwriting from questioned to profiling from handwriting for many years. While looking up another matter, I saw your site and electronically came right over. This is an amazing site. When I finish this I will join. Thank you so very much for allowing us to look further into the art of handwriting.





Susan Schroeder — Southern California


I am a self employed Baby Boomer who has always had a passion for Penmanship and Calligraphy.   I have been looking for classes both through the local "JC's" and on line.  I found the IAMPETH website through Pinterest and was impressed with the resources available to members.  Could I be contacted, via email, when the 2016 membership opens for new applicants?


***IAMPETH Response***

Membership will reopen on Saturday, March 26th, after 2016 convention registration has been completed.   Welcome, in advance! 

Kathy Saunders

IAMPETH Corresponding Secretary


Linda D. Bowman — South Carolina


I am a poet and I am new to calligraphy. This site will be a great help to using my poetry for cards, plaques, etc. Thank you

Katherine T. — Florida


I found this website after some research and seeing some posts online with the tag #iampeth. I am new at calligraphy and am left-handed.  I am quite impressed by the resources you have for us left handed folk! Thank you!

Linda — Pittsburgh, PA


just restarting with calligraphy after years off.    So happy I found this site. 

One question i have as i am exploring your site... i have never used an oblique pen.  Are there specific styles that this should and should not be used for?  My goal for 2016 is to get comfortable with Copperplate but most everything I have done to this point is basic stuff. 

Plus are there local places to get one on one help?


**IAMPETH Response**

Welcome!  The oblique pen holder is used for Engrosser's Script (sometimes refered to as copperplate), Spencerian, and other styles of Ornamental Penmanship.  The oblique holder will put your flexible penpoint at the proper angle for shading the letters.  You might find a Speedball oblique holder at your local art store, but they are not the best choice, and cannot be adjusted at all.  You can shop for a basic oblique holder at John Neal Bookseller, and at Paper & Ink Arts.  Links are below.

Then you should refer to the beginner instructions on the IAMPETH website here:

You can download Joe Vitolo's interactive book for Mac & ipad users, Script in the Copperplate Style here:

It is also available as a pdf file for PC users here:

You might also want to check out your local calligraphy guild in Pittsburgh, PA, here:

Have fun! 

Kathy Saunders, IAMPETH Corresponding Secretary

Tyler Bowser — Pennsylvania, United States


As a calligraphy enthusiast, I have found this site to be my absolute favorite in terms of lessons and community.  It has helped me master many forms of pointed pen, and it never fails to deliver.  As soon as I get a job going again (currently in a hiatus from my job), I would like to join IAMPETH, and continue to practice and better myself.

Nerine — South Africa - Cape Town


I saw a video of Jake Weidmann & am amazed by the beautiful art that penmanship can create. I'm only 37 but a firm believer that a pen and paper last forever & the beauty of hand writing is what makes it so. I'd love to join the IAMPETH community so I can preserve this dying art form in my personal capacity. With the advancement of technology, our children are slowly losing the ability to write and occupational therapists are laughing all the way to the bank. More teachers like Jake are needed in this world. 

Connie Massey — Houston TX USA


Calligrapher for 25 years & specialize in Copperplate & Hebew script.  I looked at your archive list of Convention location  and from its beginning to recent, Houston was never a location for your Convention.  How come?   I would be attending for sure!   Is venue a problem.  I can find a venue for you if that is the case.   I love writing & it is an honor for me to associate with the Masters.   Thank You

Connie Massey*Kingdom Writing*Calligrapher/Scribe


***IAMPETH Response

The convention sites are normally chosen by the IAMPETH President for that year.  Quite often, they choose their home city, for ease in planning.  There are lots of cities we haven't been to yet, but we're working on it!

Kathy Saunders,  IAMPETH Corresponding Secretary





Michael J. Fisher — Wigan, England


I am 71 years old and since I was 7 or8 I have been able to draw, more specifically, copy.

By the age of 15 I won a scholarship to an art school where I was introduced to many disciplines one being calligraphy. Unfortunately, I was also learning guitar at the time and was 'conned' into joining a band.

The rest of my life was was a see-saw of art and music, consequently, I mastered neither one of the two art forms.

Whilst watching the video of Jake Weidmann in his studio I was moved to tears as his work reminded me of all the wasted years behind me.

Thank you for letting me into the world of penmanship; I think I may spend some time trying a little of what remains of my feeble technique.

Veerle Evrard — Leuven,


Great website! Thanks a lot. 

Michiel — Netherlands


I also like this website a lot, it looks very good. i was looking for (another website) but stumbled upon your website. it looks very good. Keep it up.


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