Write On Calligraphers is pleased to announce our 35th annual Letters of Joy (LOJ) conference to be held on May 5th and 6th, 2017 at Shoreline Community College. (Note the New Location as of the year 2016.) We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker at Letters of Joy this year, is Louis Lemoine!
Louis will teach three identical two-hour sessions on Saturday. Plus, you will be able to choose from 22 experienced instructors offering a wide variety of classes. Topics include calligraphic hands and paper oriented arts.
Most classes are small; please register promptly on or after March 15th. Click on this highlighted link, LOJ2017 Brochure and Registration Form to view this year’s classes with further registration details. You may click on this link, as well as similar links on this page, at any time to be directed to the LOJ2017 Brochure and Registration Form.
People are welcome to attend Louis Lemoine’s Friday night keynote address even if unable to register for the full conference on Saturday. Admission fee for Friday night only is $5.00.
LOJ Brochure with Classes & Registration Form
View the slider below to glimpse the projects to be presented by our talented instructors and then click on this link to download the LOJ2017 Brochure and Registration Form. The brochure lists the teachers, class descriptions, and the instructions for the mail-in registration. After following the registration instructions, mail the printed registration form on or after March 15th. Registrations postmarked earlier than March 15th go to the bottom of the inkwell.
To be placed on the mailing list for future conferences, please Contact WOC.
Be inspired as you look over the following photographs with samples provided by our talented teachers for LOJ2017! Hover over (or touch) the image below to view the right & left arrows on either side of the image. Click through to see the LOJ instructors’ class projects.
The Letters of Joy instructors and the classes they will be teaching are:
Louis Lemoine: Writing With BIC Pens
Nancy Anderson: Modern Rustic
Jim Ballard: Paper Folding Techniques: For Calligraphers and Designers
Kathy Barker: Floral Inspirations
Suzie Beringer: Tea Time Lettering
Janice Berkenbile: Letter Me This
Anne Bingham: Small Folded Books (Flex Books)
Mare Blocker: Cloth and Paper Box Enclosures
Caitlin Dundon: Painted Backgrounds
Gretchen Ehrsam: Monoprinting For Anyone
Brigitte Hefferan: Gothicized Italic
Karyn Jeffrey: Little Black Book: Gouache, Metalics and White Revealed
Katherine Malmsten: Amazing Ambigrams
Katherine Malmsten: Multipurpose Monoline
Maude May: Your Story Unfolds
Laura Norton: Lettering On Silk
Linda O’Neil: Watercolor Word Gems
Cora Pearl: Typewriter Inspired Lettering With the Radius Cut (Parallel) Pen
Sally Penley: Design and Composition – It’s Not Rocket Science
Nan Robkin: Back to Back Book With Asemic Writing
Linda Schneider: Beautiful Color: Calligraphy: Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace
Cathy Shiovitz: Hebrew: A Walk Through History
Rebecca Wild: Stencil Art
LOJ Schedule of Events
FRIDAY, MAY 5th – Pagoda Union Building (PUB)
5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
5:30 – Registration begins at the Pagoda Union Building (PUB). Vendors open. Preregistered guests pick up name badge and program. Lecture and reception only, $5.00 at the door, guests welcome!
7:00 – Welcome, Award Presentation and Keynote Address by Louis Lemoine. Reception follows.
SATURDAY, MAY 6th – Pagoda Union Building (PUB)
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
8:00 – Doors open for preregistered guests. Registration for Saturday-only guests. Hospitality, Vendors, Exhibits.
9:00 – 11:00 – Session I classes
11:00 – 12:30 – Lunch: * Lunch will be provided to those who preregister for the all-event package by April 27th.
12:30 – 2:30 – Session II classes
2:30 – 3:00 – Break
3:00 – 5:00 – Session III
6:00 – Doors close
* Lunch Includes: a selection of pre-made deli sandwiches and assorted vegetables
For WOC Members:
. – $100.00 for All-Event Package
OR – $125.00 for All-Event Package and WOC renewal membership for 2017-2018
. – $120.00 for All-Event Package
OR – $125.00 for All-Event Package and WOC membership for 2017-2018
. – WOC Membership for Canadians is $30.00
Download and print the LOJ2017 Brochure and Registration Form and then check the box designated for being included on the LOJ mailing list, especially if you are unable to attend this year.
Deadline for preregistration is April 27th.
Lunch is provided on Saturday with preregistration for the All-Event Package when your registration is received by April 27th.
Friday night Keynote Address and Reception only: $5.00.
Cost information is also included on the LOJ2017 Brochure and Registration Form.
LOJ Location, Maps, Lodging (New Location 2016+)
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133-4101
To view commonly asked questions regarding LOJ classes, please read our LOJ Frequently Asked Questions handout. To register for Letters of Joy, download the LOJ2017 Brochure and Registration Form, fill it out, and send. If you have additional questions, please Contact WOC.
View the brochure for a Basic Supply List, classes offered and teacher materials fee.
View information about the Scribe’s Table in the brochure.
Three scholarships will be offered to high school and college students, age 18 and over. To apply, download the Student Scholarship Application form along with the LOJ2017 Brochure and Registration Form. Mail these to the address below.
Eight scholarships will be awarded to elementary and secondary teachers. The scholarship is not based on financial need but on how attendance will benefit educator’s teaching. The scholarship covers admission to the Friday night keynote lecture, attendance at up to three classes on Saturday and lunch. For more information, download the Teacher Scholarship Information Form. To apply, fill out the Teacher Scholarship Application Form and the LOJ2017 Brochure and Registration Form with your choice of classes. Mail both forms together to the address shown below.
For questions regarding the scholarships, please contact Sue Gruhn at (425) 821-3164 or send an email to email@example.com.
Applications must be received by April 10th of 2017. Mail to Sue Gruhn, Attn: LOJ Scholarships, 14253 92nd Place NE, Kirkland, WA 98034-5149.
LOJ Silent Auction
Please consider making a donation to the LOJ Silent Auction. WOC would appreciate receiving your bookmaking supplies, artwork, previously loved calligraphic books and any tools you are no longer using to include in the LOJ Silent Auction. It is a wonderful feeling to share the things each of us have loved with calligraphers of all levels.
If you would like to make a donation, please bring your items to the March 14th General Meeting with a completed Silent Auction Form or make arrangements for pickup with Lisa Tsang at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your consideration.
Participants are encouraged to share their artwork. Framed or matted pieces with acetate protection are welcome for display and may be for sale. For more information, contact Susan Welch, LOJ Exhibit Chair, 206-523-9649.
The Bill Henderson Scholarship Fund raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The first prize to be awarded is a family vacation, an artist’s retreat or just quiet time on your own for a five-night stay at The Pines, Sunriver, Oregon. Next is a one-year subscription to Letter Arts Review. Two one-year memberships to WOC are also included in the raffle. Enjoy!
Purchase tickets at LOJ or include a check and tickets with your LOJ registration. Please download and print out the LOJ2017 Raffle Form to mail or bring to LOJ. Raffle forms will also be available at the WOC table at LOJ.
The winner will be drawn at the May WOC general meeting. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win.
WOC is happy to present the following vendors: Daniel Smith, John Neal Bookseller, Tacoma Calligraphy Guild, Rainwriters, Washiarts, Black Thumb Vintage Inkwells and Nibs, WOC Scribes’ Table, Timothy Leigh Company, Pennisula Scribes, M Kimberly Press, Lowell Lebenzon Brushes, and Creative Letter and Beyond.
John Neal Bookseller will be the primary vendor at the 2017 Letters of Joy. JNB will be bringing a large selection of books and supplies to Shoreline Community College. Preordered materials will be available for pickup at LOJ. See the John Neal Bookseller website for details. The pre-order deadline is April 18th.
LOJ Membership – Volunteering
Hospitality Donations of baked goods, fruit, nuts, and non-perishable finger foods are appreciated. Bring them Friday or Saturday to the hospitality table in the Pagoda Union building (PUB).
If you wish to become a member of WOC, download the Membership Form.
Our volunteers are the life’s blood of this great conference. Most chair positions are held by the relevant board members and all require volunteer assistance from the membership to be successful.
Please contact our current LOJ Chair, Katy Callaghan Huston at 206-619-6039 or email@example.com if you are interested in taking part in planning and/or implementing any aspect of LOJ. All talents welcome.