The Edmonton Calligraphic Society (ECS) offers regular classes and workshops throughout the year, taught by both local calligraphers and out-of-town guest instructors. Whether you’re an experienced calligrapher or just getting started, there’s sure to be a class for you!

Introductory/Refresher Classes

Introductory/Refresher classes are typically held within the context of a General meeting. If you’re just getting into calligraphy, or want to brush up on basic skills, these classes are a great way to get your feet (or pen) wet!


Workshops offer more extended and highly focused training. A typical workshop involves instructional time, where a new lettering skill is taught to workshop attendees, along with time to practice and complete lettering exercises. Most importantly, the workshop instructor has the time and expertise to provide feedback on letterform and the composition and design of calligraphic art.

Workshops are arranged to meet the emerging needs of hand-lettering artists. They take on many forms. Examples of past workshop formats include:

  • Evening and daytime 3-hour workshops
  • One-day (6 hours) or two-day (12 hours) weekend events
  • Extended study (classes which take place over a number of weeks or months)

If you have questions about whether a workshop is right for you, don’t hesitate to email the Workshop Chairperson at

How to Register 

There are two ways to register for a class or workshop.

1. Register at an ECS General Meeting

ECS members are invited to register for classes and workshops at ECS meetings by submitting a completed registration form and a cheque for the full registration fee. Registration dates for particular classes will be distributed through Ink Drops (our online members newsletter). Registration will only be accepted at the designated meeting, and not at subsequent meetings. Registration cheques are to be made payable to the “Edmonton Calligraphic Society”. Post-dated cheques will not be accepted.

See the Membership page for added benefits of being an ECS Member.

2. Register through

Registration to classes and workshops is offered to both the general public and ECS members via Eventbrite. Details on how to register via Eventbrite, including the day on which registration opens, are provided on the event-specific pages listed in the Upcoming Classes and Workshops section below. Note that when you register through Eventbrite, an additional service fee may apply.

Registrations are not accepted by mail or through the ECS website.

Unless otherwise stated, class/workshop supplies are not included in your registration fee.

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

Below, you’ll find a listing of our upcoming classes and workshops. Click the coloured text to learn more about a particular event, including how to register. For our most recent events, classes and workshops check our blog.

See the Membership page for added benefits of being an ECS Member.


Fall Workshops:

Italic for All

Instructor: Alexis Reiter

September 15/16th, 2017

This two day workshop is for you! Begin at the beginning and get solid instruction from a highly skilled and experienced calligraphy teacher, Alexis Reiter. The weekend will be primarily lettering instruction. ECS Members can sign up at the May 3rd meeting or afterwards on Eventbrite. 


Making Your Mark

October 21/22, 2017

A fun filled and creative weekend working on watercolour paper will be presented by Connie Furgason of Lethbridge. This is a workshop for ALL levels and will illustrate many lettering applications. ECS Members can sign up at the May 3rd meeting or afterwards on Eventbrite.

Classes (Introductory/Refresher):

June 7th, 2017 –

June Member Appreciation Event

Sally Towers Sybblis will present her Mini Watercolour Book workshop to members of ECS. This workshop normally has a $70+ entrance fee but as a member of ECS you are invited to join us for an evening of informal lettering and watercolour wonder for only $20. All paper will be supplied. Supply list to be sent via email. Members are eager to share…keep all your costs down!


 Member-Taught Calligraphy Classes

In addition to the classes and workshops provided by the ECS, our members teach a variety of introductory and advanced workshops and classes on lettering, handwriting, gilding, and more. These classes and workshops are offered throughout the Edmonton area. For a listing of upcoming member-taught classes, visit our In The Community page.