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.

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Upcoming Events

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. 


50th Anniversary Non-Juried Member Exhibition

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

Opening Reception Sunday, November 3, 2019, 1-3PM
Silent Scriptorium Sunday, November 10, 2-4PM  
November Member Meeting with Randall Hasson

The Speedball Story: Teaching America How to Letter

Monday, November 11th, 2019

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

An interesting lecture on the history of American commercial lettering, the birth of the Speedball pen, and the emergence of the Speedball textbook. 

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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