Upcoming Workshops

Major Workshops contact majorworkshops@ccscribes.com. CCS major workshops are two - four days in length. Workshops are reserved for CCS members first then available seats are filled on a first come, first served basis. Major Workshop fees are usually $130.00 for CCS members; $150.00 for non-members. Prices are approximate and do not reflect the cost of supplies needed for individual workshops or instructors. You must pay for the workshop at the time you sign up to be enrolled.


Mini Workshops contact miniworkshops@ccscribes.com. CCS mini workshops are either half-day or one-day in length. The registration fees for members are $25 for half-day and $35 for full day workshops. For non-members, $35 and $45. There may be an additional fee for supplies. You must pay for the workshop at the time you sign up to reserve your spot.

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Julie Wildman - Lively Letters in August! 

Upcoming CCS Workshops

Captial City Scribes has great workshops! Save the dates now for your favorites. See full length descriptions and photos below.


Major Workshops:


August 4 & 5, 2018

Julie Wildman

Lively Letters

$130 members; $150 non-members

$15 material fee

This workshop is for intermediate to advanced calligraphers with knowledge of at least one hand or more. The goal of this class is to get intermediate and advanced calligraphers to free up their lettering and tap into that playful, "dancing" part of each person.


November 17 & 18, 2018

Brody Neuenschwander

More information TBA



Mini Workshops: 



To sign up, please email Teri Gaus directly before mailing your check, as seating is limited:  terigaus@gmail.com


Part I

Saturday, August 11 (9:00 – 4:30/5:00)

Part I is aimed specifically at those members who have little to no experience with the pointed pen. We will cover the choices of which staff to use, the variety of pointed nibs available to calligraphers, securing and loading (with ink) a nib, best way(s) to hold the staff, as well as which writing fluids are available. We will also cover the basic strokes for formal Copperplate script, then proceed to apply these strokes to the entire lowercase alphabet, forming each letter as well as connecting them (including double ligatures like “gg,” “ff,” and “pp”).


Part II

Saturday, August 25 (9:00 – 4:30/5:00)

After skipping a weekend to allow for ample practice, Part II will begin with a short question-and-answer session for those students who took Part I. Part II will introduce additional strokes needed to form all the capital letters as well as utilizing them with lowercase letters to build words. We will learn several different styles of each capital letter, as well as numerals and punctuation. Finally, time permitting, we will also cover some flourishing.


Cost to members for each class is $35.00* (nonmembers: $50.00). Checks are to be made out to CCS. Registration is valid only when check has been received. Classes will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, the same room the guild currently uses for monthly meetings. Class size limited to 15 persons. More details will be sent out later in the month to all those who signed up.


*A separate supply fee of $5 per participant will be collected on each class day to cover paper, nibs, ink, and copies of handouts, all of which will be supplied to students, for them to keep. Teri will also have oblique nib holders (pen staffs) for participants to use (borrow) during each class. Those persons who may already have their own supplies are welcome to bring and use them, of course.

General Workshop Supply LIst

The following supplies can be very useful when attending a workshop. Both basic and optional supplies, and some "comfort" items, can make your limited space more productive.


Basics - Depending on the workshops:  
Pencils - hard and soft; 
Small Pencil Sharpener
; Erasers - Pentel click, Hyperaser, Kneaded, Magic Rub
Fine; Point Pens - Micron .0905, Pilot Ps500, Tech Liner, Sharpie Fine;
 Drafting, Watercolor, or Painter's Tape; 
Ruler (cork-backed steel) or T-square;
Assortment of Nibs; 
Ink (unless specific brand and color are on instructor's list)
; Small Bristle Brush for loading ink onto nib; 
Writing/slant Board, if preferred; 
Glue Stick or Adhesive Roller
bone folder with good tip for scoring; 
Small Water Container; 
Small dropper bottler with Distilled Water; 
Pipette or medicine dropper for using water or ink; 
Paper Towels, Rags, Handi-wipes, Baby Wipes; 
Notepaper or pad for notes; 
Xacto knife with new blades; 
Cutting Mat; 
Lightweight Plastic Sheet (approx 1 yd) to cover workspace
; Seperate Paper Carrier with Paper; 
Mr. Clean *type* Magic Eraser for cleanups.


Optional and Helpful - Depending on Workshop: 
Layout and Tracing Paper; 
Colored Pencils, Watercolor, Gouache, Gel Pens (when not included on instructor's supply list); 
Peerless Watercolor Sheets or Watercolor pencils - take up little space
; Waterbrush
; Rubber Cement Pick-up; 
Portable light - Ott or other; 
Camera - always ask instructor for permission to take photos of their work; 
Chair Cushion; 
Sweater or long sleeved shirt if you are cold-natured; 
Hand and Tool Cleaner - Masters Soap, Hand Sanitizer (wipes can be used); 
Waxed Paper - cut in squares and put in Ziplock bag; 
Can or Jar Opener - Magic Grip for stubborn lids or containers; 
; Toothpicks and Popsicle Sticks - small amount in small containers; 
Hole Punch or Japanese Drill Punch; 
Small Sewing Kit with embroidery thread and bookbinder needle.


Tip: As you attend workshops and decide what kinds of tools you desire, you will also gain knowledge about the ideal supply carrier to fit your needs, from a toolbox to a roomy art carrier. A good tip is to pack supplies in small containers for easy handling, dividing large amounts when possible to take only a a small portion to workshops. these small containers can be refilled right after a workshop, repacked in your carrier, and your basic supplies will be ready for the next workshop. Keep an inventory of these supplies and add to or delete as you personalize them for your own needs.


Final Tip: Most workshop locations have parking just outside or very near the door and toolkit and first aid kit in your vehicle's truck can hold additional supplies that you just may need every now and then, and do not want to add to your basic supplies. For instance, an extention cord and adapter for a toolkit might be need if you are using anything electrical, or a pair of tweezers, Q-tips, plastic gloves, or a razor blade from a First Aid Kit would come in handy.


Article and items compiled by Jo Guffey - thank you Jo!