Join Us at our Next Meeting

We meet September through May on the second Thursday of the month. All monthly meetings are held at the Faith Lutheran Church, 6600 Woodrow Avenue, Austin, Texas, from 7:00 - 9:30ish pm. Take the elevator and follow the signs.


Join us in April for:


Pointed Pen Revisited: It’s Not You, It’s the Nib (Maybe)

Writing with the pointed pen can be very challenging on so many levels. Not only must you learn proper letter formation, whether it be for Copperplate, Spencerian, or a modern version of Romans, Uncial, or Italic, you must also learn how to move the pen smoothly, constantly adjusting your pressure on - let’s face it - fussy nibs, many of which are sharp enough to draw blood and thus easily snag paper. And to add to one’s learning curve, not every nib is appropriate for all [paper] surfaces (or temperaments!). With so many nibs to choose from it is in the scribe’s best interest to be familiar with most if not all of the pointed pen nibs currently available.


Join us for the April program, a hands-on sampling and exploration of the most popular pointed nibs in use among scribes today, as well as some quite esoteric - if not strange - nibs to consider adding to your arsenal. Those of you who already own elbow nib holder(s), please bring them for your own use during this program. For those who don’t, there will be extra holders at each table for you to use as well as an array of pointed nibs for everyone to sample.  

Welcome to Capital City Scribes!

CCS celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013.

Capital City Scribes (CCS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing in the appreciation of, and providing education in the art of calligraphy. Fostering both community and personal growth through the art of beautiful writing, CCS is open to all who believe in its purpose. 


Capital City Scribes started out as a search for a bottle of ink. Thelma Matthews carried ink at the University of Texas CO-Op East Book Store and in October of 1982, Thelma invited all the calligraphers she knew to attend an informal gathering at the bookstore. It was at that meeting and three follow-up meetings that Paula Webb, Thelma, Jeff Jeffreys, Nicholas Yeager and others began formulating the guild's purpose. The guild was established on January 11, 1983.


Thank you for your interest in CCS!