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

During this year of the coronavirus pandemic and worldwide racial justice movement, the Portland Society for Calligraphy would like to invite you to do what you do best – write!

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An Online Workshop
with Holly Monroe

Join us as Holly guides us into the world of flourishes complementing Italic. 

Saturday August 22, 2020
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Zoom Online

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An Online Workshop
with Sue Greenseth

Join us as Sue guides us into the world of Gothicized Italic. 

Saturday, September 12 and 19th 2020
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Zoom Online

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PSC Calendar

July 6 – Registration opens for “Fantastic Flourishes for the Broad Edge Pen” workshop with Holly Monroe
July 11 – “Introduction to Modern Versals” workshop with Angelina Cox
August 3 – Registration opens for “Gothicized Italic” workshop with Sue Greenseth

August 17 – Entry deadline for “Justice Love Peace” online Member exhibit
September 1 – October 31 “Justice Love Peace” online member exhibit
September 12 – “Gothicized Italic” workshop with Sue Greenseth
September 19 – “Gothicized Italic” workshop with Sue Greenseth