Friends of the Alphabet General Meetings/Programs and Workshops CURRENTLY meet via Zoom

Upcoming events

General Meeting

Monday, November 14, 2022

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST

 There will be a brief period of social time at 6:00 followed by business, and then the program will begin at 7:00 and end at 9:00 pm.

Holiday Flourishing

Pat Blair

Program for all members

Regular Fota meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Pat will instruct from 7-9p.m.

Will be via zoom

and available for 30 days

Rachel Yallop

Large Italic using Automatic Pens


Rescheduled to January 7

9a.m.  2p.m.

(with an hour break for lunch at noon)


Will be via zoom

and available for 30 days


Supply List

• Lots of paper for practice, eg. layout or lining paper. Perhaps some cartridge/drawing paper or a textured paper for more finished pieces
• Automatic pens in the larger sizes, eg. 4, 5 and/or 6.
• Free flowing ink. I use Pelikan 4001.

Sherrie Loveler Marking Time - Introduction to a Daily Practice

9 Jan 2023

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Will be via zoom

and available for 30 days


Sherrie Lovler learned calligraphy in high school and has given workshops in lettering and related topics since she was 22. She has taught at several international calligraphy conferences, Ghost Ranch, Letters California Style, various museums, art centers and guilds, as well as accredited classes at Northern Arizona University. Her passion is in calligraphic painting, where the mark is not bound by letters. She was interviewed in Letter Arts Review issue 35:3 and is the author, illustrator and designer of On Softer Ground: Paintings, Poems and Calligraphy, which won a gold medal for Most Outstanding Book Design from Independent Publishers Book Awards (2016). Her work can be seen at

Holly Monroe

Calligraphy as Spiritual Discipline

January 21 & 22, 2023

10a.m. -5p.m.

On-line via Zoom



Joining God and Self, Word and Image with expressive calligraphy gives you the ability to deepen your personal spiritual growth as well as touch the lives of others….bringing encouragement and hope. Learn to practice your passion for calligraphy to create unique, life giving designs. We will meditate on and think through your selection of thought provoking words, choosing the phrases that speak to you and learn to arrange them in a variety of impactful layouts. Interpret the spirit of the text with imagery, decoration, flourishes and multiple lettering styles changing the weight, height and mood of the letters, first in pencil layouts and as time permits, finalize with watercolor, colored pencil, simple collage or with other tools and materials that you have with you. Create a simple portfolio in which to carry your designs home or gift them to another. Whatever your faith or spiritual bent, you are welcome in this class as we “feed the soul by making meaningful words beautiful.”


The IAMPETH - 73RD Annual Conference

An amazing conference! 

We hope you enjoyed it!

July 11-16, 2002

Atlanta, GA

Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

Click for more details

Business of Calligraphy

The Business of Calligraphy

Holly Monroe

Monday September 19, 2022

5 -8 Eastern Time

Member RSVP

The entrepreneurial spirit has struck, and you realize…I need to know about pricing my calligraphy and maximizing my income. And where do I find clients? Join Holly Monroe as she offers a 3-hour peek into her studio, while sharing tips from her 42 years of experience. Additional topics include studio organization, types of projects that customers ask for, licensing your work with a publisher, shows, teaching, managing your schedule and workflow, reproducing your originals, order form and contract, advertising, meeting with the ‘custom’ client and basic taxes for a sole proprietor. Learn what special supplies and materials Holly uses as well as the hardware and software that make her business go. Anything else you would like to know? Please ask! Students are invited to submit their top 3 questions in advance or during the workshop. Handouts included.

Become a member

Our membership contains professional calligraphers, talented practitioners, and rank beginners. Some have found calligraphy a creative outlet; others have discovered an enthralling hobby.  Some have found a place to belong; others, a place for escape.  Many of us are artists in other disciplines - printers, bookbinders, graphic artists, designers, writers, and students - and some are simply observers who like what they see.

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