Paul A Kotowski — Ivoryton, Connecticut


An enjoyable web site.It is a loss to all that fine hand writing is no longer used.

Patrizia De Lorenzo — Milano Italy


wonderful site! Thanks for sharing

Daniel Jones — Costa Rica


Nice Information. Thanks for sharing  information.

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David A. Carlson — Amarillo, Tx.


I discovered this website a week or so ago and am so excited to go through the lessons. I have ADHD and always had trouble with handwriting and penmanship, and learned last year that something calles dysgraphia isn't an uncommon thing among ADDers. So I bought a book on calligraphy and some cheap pens, determined to improve my penmanship. I still have to write slowly to make my handwriting "pretty" (or as pretty as it is, which isn't much), but even writing fast my handwriting is much more legible than before.

Calligraphy is a skill that should be taught in school. Not only legible, but beautiful handwriting should be as common a skill as any other skill of self-sufficency.

David — Dunedin, Nz


So pleased I have found this website. It's so wonderful. Very informative and the rare books page is amazing. Bookmarked immediately. :)

Peter Zelchenko — Shanghai


Friend of Mike Kecseg and other Chicago calligraphy collectivists. You know, I'm at the point where I'm far prouder of my everyday ball-point-pen cursive than of my formal calligraphy. My father (1914-2009) and grandfather (1886-1973) both were known for their gorgeous penmanship as well as their draftsman's letters, so all my life I felt that pressure. Today, I know countless calligraphers and artists -- and zero with a confident, effortless classical cursive hand.

Not to say that everybody's a formal calligrapher these days, but I think the art of routine cursive has now become exceedingly rare. To my knowledge, none of my top calligrapher friends, not even the copperplaters, use a Palmer in everyday writing: most have adopted a chancery italic. I find this a little troubling because, in a way, it jettisons the everyday (the class of things that Thoreau or Emerson might have wanted to preserve) and replaces it with something perhaps a bit too precious and artisanal, something perhaps more in the vein of Morris or Gill.

Nothing criminal about the latter, but does it always have to be at the expense of the former? We need both, and I wish IAMPETH or someone would promote and reward the everyday use of everyday, efficient, beautiful cursive penmanship, putting it in a rather separate category that need not share the petri dish with its more ambitious cousin, the copperplates and other engrossing forms. I don't mean so-called "business cursive," I mean confident, everyday handwriting. Whatever you want to call it, handwriting developed into connected cursive script (e.g., demotic, et sequentia) and thence into Palmer, Zaner, and Spencer for distinct ergonomic reasons; to discard it for other forms is to throw away a huge clade of design evolution.

I teach brush and pen calligraphy to Chinese undergrads, where every family always still boasts at least one master penman. Kids here are embarrassed by their English script and are shocked when I tell them it's beautiful, ten times better than our average. Where is that tradition in the West, when everything becomes a bit too precious?

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


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