The Portland Society for Calligraphy was founded by Lloyd Reynolds and a group of his students after a long alliance with the Society for Italic Handwriting in England. Portland Society for Calligraphy is the oldest calligraphy guild in the United States. We were first known as the Western American Branch of the Society for Italic Handwriting. 

We offer an extensive workshop program aimed at all levels of skill. Our teachers include internationally renowned calligraphers as well as local talent. We sponsor an annual weekend retreat during the month of February at the Menucha Retreat Center in the beautiful Columbia Gorge. The Guild also exhibits members’ artwork in an annual non-juried show.

Joining the society

Becoming a member of your local calligraphy guild is a great way to find friends, mentors, and professional contacts. Our guild contains some of the area’s most notable and accomplished scribes, as well as a number of newcomers looking to dip their pen for the first time. 

We encourage you and your friends to come and visit us during one of our regular monthly meetings (September-June), and see what all the fuss is about. When you arrive, make sure to tell someone it’s your first time visiting and we’ll be sure to make you feel right at home.

Learn more about our membership options and the benefits of joining the Portland Society for Calligraphy. >>



Upcoming Events

October Member Meeting

Monday, October  14th, 2019

6:30 for Pre-Meeting Activities
7:00 for Meeting

Come and learn how Sue Greenseth goes from thumbnail to final. Sue will walk you through some methods she uses for coming up with ideas, evaluating a project’s constraints, determining a scope, and if working with a client, understanding their needs.

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Introduction to Brush Pen Lettering

A one-day workshop with Cora Pearl
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Registration opens September 16, 2019

Learn a basic Italic style of writing with a brush pen. Work on both lowercase and capital letters and learn and how to use this versatile tool. 


Call For 50th Anniversary Exhibition Entries

Non-Juried Member Exhibition
Multnomah Library, Collins Gallery, Portland, OR
Saturday, November 2, 2019 – Saturday, January 4, 2020  

Deadline for publicity images (optional): August 5th, 2019
Exhibit entry deadline: September 15, 2019

PSC Calendar

September 16 — Registration opens for Cora Pearl’s workshop, “Intro to Brush Lettering”
October 12 — All Oregon Calligraphers Conference
October 14 — Member meeting
October 15 — Registration opens for Randall Hasson’s workshop, “Bent Nib: Early 20th Century Writing”
October 26 — “Intro to Brush Lettering” workshop with Cora Pearl

November 1  Registration opens for Amy Bennett’s workshop, “Papercut Letters”
November 2–January 4 — “Life:Lines”, Non-juried member exhibition at Collins Gallery, Multnomah Library
November 9–10 — “Bent Nib: Early 20th Century Writing” workshop with Randall Hasson
December 7 — “Papercut Letters” workshop with Amy Bennett