The 34th International Calligraphy Conference
Sonoma State University in Northern California
July 25 to August 1, 2015
Marcia Friedman | Melissa Titone | Co-Directors

About The Passionate Pen

Gather with other calligraphers from across the globe to study and share your love of the calligraphic arts. Join us at Sonoma State University, in Rohnert Park, California, for a stimulating week exploring all aspects of the field: calligraphy, typography, book arts, printmaking, paper craft and more. The Passionate Pen is a week-long, residential conference for all—amateurs to professionals—who have an interest in the lettering arts. Connect with old friends and make new ones in the splendor of wine country.

The Classes

All classes are hands-on. You can choose from 52 one-day classes on Sunday, July 26 and 40 four-day classes that run from Monday, July 27 to Friday, July 31. (Sunday classes are held 8:30 – 4:30 pm with a two hour lunch break. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday classes are held from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with a two hour lunch break. Tuesday and Friday, classes are held from 8:30 to 11:30 am.)

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Attend the full week or sign up for one of our one-day classes on Sunday. Click here to register.

The Conference Experience

— Evening programs
— Week-long vendors:
John Neal, Bookseller: books on calligraphy and related arts
Paper & Ink Arts: a wide variety of art supplies
Scribe Store: consignment artwork by faculty and participants
— One-day commercial trade show
— Four exhibitions:
Faculty Show
Georgia Deaver Retrospective
California Poppy and Participants’ Exhibit
Love Letters Decorated Envelope Display
— Exciting excursions around the Bay Area will be offered on Tuesday afternoon. (More details coming soon.)

Who Should Attend

The Passionate Pen is for anyone who wants to learn creative ways of expressing themselves through lettering and offers something for ALL ability levels. Beginners are always welcome and are encouraged to learn and explore with the best lettering artists and instructors in the world!
Art Directors
Fine Artists
Graphic Designers
Everyone who loves letters…

Schulz University Library
Schulz University Library

Student Center


On Campus Snack Bar


Logo design: Yves Leterme   Site design: Barbara Lande   Tech support extraordinaire: Daniel Berkman   Blog: Raoul Martinez

The Passionate Pen is sponsored by Texas Lettering Arts Council,
a volunteer-based, 501(c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to promoting
awareness of the lettering arts and related disciplines.