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.
A sampling of our past conference:
LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form.
LOJ 2019 LOCATION & DATES
LOJ was held at Green River Community College in Auburn, WA on May 3rd and 4th of 2019. We gathered to celebrate our love of calligraphy, the lettering arts and related classes. We enjoyed participating and connecting with others in the love of beautiful writing.
LOJ KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Gemma Black was our featured speaker! Gemma is an artist, teacher and calligraphic-designer from Tasmania, Australia. She received a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship to study in Europe and is an Honored Fellow and Fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, UK. Gemma runs a successful studio practice and teaches for art, calligraphy, bookbinding and craft organizations across Australia. Gemma has also joined the faculty at international lettering-art conferences in Italy, Germany, the USA, Canada, Sweden and the UK. Her work is housed in private and public collections and is also represented in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, the European Parliament, Letterform Archive San Francisco and Parliament House Canberra. Her major works for the Commonwealth Government include the Apology to Australia’s Indigenous People, the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians, the Former Child Migrants and the National Apology for Forced Adoption. A fourth manuscript, National Apology to Victims & Survivors of Institutional Sexual Abuse, has just been completed.
LOJ2019 BROCHURE & REGISTRATION FORM
Click here to view the information and classes that were available for LOJ2019: LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form.
If you were unable to attend LOJ this year but would like to remain on the mailing list for future events, please let us know at the following address:
Letters of Joy
14253 92nd Place NE
Kirkland, WA 98034-5149
Our guild, Write On Calligraphers and our mini conference of Letters of Joy, are led and run by Volunteers. Would you consider helping and letting us know where we can count on you for future Letters of Joy? Click to Contact.
LOJ SILENT AUCTION
Co-Chairs: Our Co-Chairs for the Silent Auction this year were Lisa Tsang and Sharyn Sowell!
Silent Auction: Set aside supplies to donate to our Silent Auction in 2020! Think ahead! It is a wonderful feeling to share the things each of us have loved with calligraphers of all levels. Write On Calligraphers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
We will be accepting:
gently used art & calligraphy supplies books - calligraphy, book arts, paper crafts, card making, etc magazines - Bound & Lettered, Letter Arts Review, Somerset original artwork ~~ prints ~~ paper ~~ tools ~~ frames cards ~~ stamping supplies ~~ bookmaking supplies gift certificates from your favorite art stores & gift shops gift cards from your favorite restaurants & coffee shops sporting event tickets -- Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders, etc.
LOJ 2019 INSTRUCTORS
Be inspired as you look over the photographs with samples provided by the talented teachers of LOJ2019! Click on the LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form to read details on class descriptions and supply lists.
Hover over (or touch) the image below to view the right & left arrows on either side of the image. The instructor’s name and class are to the lower left of the image as viewed from a computer. [For hand-held devices, please note that the class photos are arranged in order of the instructor’s name shown below.]
The Letters of Joy instructors and the classes they taught are:
Gemma Black: Alphabeats Truncated
Kathy Barker: Playful Pointed Pen
Suzie Beringer: The Magic of Parallel Pens
Janice Berkebile: Letter Me This! Watercolor Lettering
Kristen Doty: Drawing Letterforms
Gretchen Ehrsam: Scavenged Design
Selene Fisher: Books in the Round
Brigitte Hefferan: Fraktur
Carrie Imai: What Works on Black
Kay Lewis: Chopstick Sumi
Katherine Malmsten: Off the Shelf Letters
Sally Penley: Pointed brush Calligraphy
Nan Robkin: Hedi Kyle fishbone Book
Linda Schneider: Lettering on Mirrors
Cathy Shiovitz: The Hebrew Alphabet – Then and Now
For WOC Members:
$110.00 for All-Event Package
$140.00 for All-Event Package and WOC renewal membership for 2019-2020
($145.00 for U.S. for Canadians)
$130.00 for All-Event Package
$140.00 for All-Event Package and WOC membership for 2019-2020
($145.00 U.S. for Canadians)
For Friday Evening Program Only:
Payment Method for Registration:
1. Checks – preferred method of payment
2. PayPal – remember to fill out and mail your LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form even if using PayPal
Write On Calligraphers now provides PayPal available to WOC members. PayPal can be used for membership payments, workshop payments and Letters of Joy. The email address for making these payments is firstname.lastname@example.org. We still accept checks and would prefer checks, but we are glad to now offer PayPal. Please use the above email address for all WOC Registration and Treasurer business.
The person using PayPal for Write on Calligraphers must have a personal PayPal account:
* Sign up for a free personal account at www.paypal.com
* Add a credit card or bank account to the PayPal account. (This is the account that money will be withdrawn from to pay for anything using PayPal)
* Click on “Send Money To “ and enter email@example.com
* Enter the amount of money you want to send to WOC
* Confirm the payment method and click “Send Payment Now”
* Next, click on, download and print the LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form and send
LOJ LOCATION, MAPS, LODGING
LOJ2020 will be held at Shoreline Community College.
LOJ SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
5:30 – Registration.
7:00 – Welcome, Dewey Award presentation, Featured Speaker, and Refreshments**
SATURDAY: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
8:00 – Doors open for preregistered guests, registration for Saturday-only guests, hospitality, vendors, exhibits; free access to vendors and exhibits for the general public
9:00 – 11:00 – Session I classes
11:00 – 12:30 – Lunch; 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
5:30 – Doors close
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 were offereded to high school and college students, age 16 and over. Seattletters also offered one scholarship to a high school or college student. The following will apply for LOJ2020: To apply, use this form, Student Scholarship Application Form, or write a letter in your everyday handwriting stating why you would like to attend. Include your name, phone number, email address, where you attend school and how you will use the information. Click on, download and print the LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form and send this to the address below or via email.
Eight scholarships were awarded to qualifying teachers. The scholarships are not based on financial need but on how attendance will benefit the educator’s teaching. The scholarships covers admission to the Friday night keynote lecture, attendance at up to three classes on Saturday and lunch. The following will apply for LOJ2020: For more information, download the Teacher Scholarship Information Form. To apply, fill out the Teacher Scholarship Application Form. Then click on, download and print the LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form and send to the address below.
Details for Student and Teacher Scholarships:
In addition, WOC would appreciate each scholarship recipient writing a short article for our Write on Calligraphers newsletter after the conference.
For Questions contact Sue Gruhn at 425-821-3164 or contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send to, or email to:
Attention: LOJ Scholarships
14235 92nd Place NE
Kirkland, WA 98034-5149
Letters of Joy (LOJ:)
Participants are encouraged to share their artwork at LOJ. T
Exhibit Chair: Susan Gale Welch 206-523-9649
Future Exhibit Opportunities for Calligraphers:
We encourage all members to enter their work in local exhibits. Check out these opportunities:
- ♥ Arts of the Terrace, Mountlake Terrace (Sept. 21-Oct. 5; entry deadline Aug. 31) at www.cityofmlt.com, Shoreline/Lake Forest Park makes frequent calls for artists at shorelinearts.net
- ♥ Washington State Fair (formerly the Puyallup Fair) at www.thefair.com (Aug. 30-Sept. 22; contact Terri Kruger at email@example.com)
- ♥ Shoreline/Lake Forest Park makes frequent calls for artists at www.shorelinearts.net
Check the Events page on the WOC website throughout the year for upcoming exhibit plans to participate in. These are great opportunities to show your work and to educate the public about calligraphy as a fine art!
Each year, the Bill Henderson Scholarship Fund raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The first prize to be awarded is often a get away to be used as a family vacation, an artist’s retreat or just quiet time on own. Next is a one-year subscription to Letter Arts Review. Plus, two one-year memberships to WOC will also be awarded. Download the Raffle Form or sign up at Letters of Joy. Enjoy!
LOJ SCRIBE’S TABLE
The Scribe’s Table is a great place to sell your calligraphy, art work, paper products, and all things related to calligraphy for a paltry 10% commission. If you are a member of WOC or a teacher at LOJ, you are qualified to offer your treasured creations for sale. Where else will that ever happen? Over the years we have sold hand decorated quilted wall hangings with lettering, numerous cards, framed or matted art work, books, kits for paper projects, ink wells, bookmarks, lettered kitchen towels, and handmade journals To receive Detailed Information and an inventory sheet (which is mandatory), and your pricing code (so you get paid for the sales) contact Kay Lewis – Scribe’s Table coordinator. Extra Inventory Sheets will be available the day of LOJ for any late decision makers. Kay Lewis will respond to email with the words “Scribe’s Table” in the subject line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vendors are open during regular event hours on Friday evening and Saturday hours to participants and the general public.
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 LOJ Chair positions are held by the relevant board members and all require volunteer assistance from the membership to be successful.