Every spring, WOC sponsors Letters of Joy; a popular one-and-a-half-day mini conference that regularly attracts more than 250 participants and vendors. The conference and accompanying exhibit are dedicated to the memory of Kathleen Joy O’Brien, whose passion for letters helped to establish the dedicated calligraphic community that now flourishes in Edmonds and its surrounding areas.
Letters of Joy will not be held in the year 2018 so that the Board Members can concentrate on sponsoring Seattletters! The dates for this International Calligraphy Conference are July 14-21, 2018 and will be held at Western Washington University in Bellingham, north of Seattle. The Co-Directors are Katherine Malmsten and Sue Gruhn.
Letters of Joy will return with joy the first weekend of May in the year 2019. Please join us for this anticipated event once again, after enjoying Seattleletters with us, in 2018. LOJ is held at Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, Washington
Write On Calligraphers will return fr the 36th annual Letters of Joy (LOJ) conference the first weekend in May of 2019.
Prior LOJ Instructors
Be inspired as you look over the following photographs with samples provided by the 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 – 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. Reception followed.
SATURDAY – 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.
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
. – $120.00 for All-Event Package
OR – $125.00 for All-Event Package and WOC membership
. – WOC Membership for Canadians is $30.00
Friday night Keynote Address and Reception only: $5.00.
LOJ Location, Maps, Lodging
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133-4101
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 Registration Form.
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 Registration Form.
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.
Participants are encouraged to share their artwork. Framed or matted pieces with acetate protection are welcome for display and may be for sale.
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!
WOC often includes these vendors at LOJ: 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.
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.