$275 – $375

Faculty Class - Spencerian Composition Writing Michael Sull, Master Penman

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The Berkeley City Club

2315 Durant Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94704

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Join Michael Sull and Ink.Academy for the follow up workshop to the class in August, 2017, "Spencerian Capitals". Now is your chance to deepen your knowledge of Spencerian Script and practice putting the caps and lowercase together to form Composition Writing. Together we will learn how to create balanced, evenly spaced writing in the context of poems, correspondence and phrases.

Bring with you a favorite piece of prose or poetry for your finished project!

This workshop will take place in our beautiful room at a National Historic Building, The Berkeley City Club.

Previous attendance not required but it is helpful to acquaint one's self with the upper and lower case Spencerian letters.

Course Outline

Saturday and Sunday classes start at 10am, finish at 6pm, with a one hour lunch break.


Supply list

  • Iron Gall ink of choice
  • Spencerian proportioned guide lines (also provided)
  • Pen nibs (Michael prefers Nikko G)
  • Writing paper (pad or loose sheets)


Fox + Quills Shop
store time: 9.30am - 10am and during lunch
We love supplies. And we even hand-make supplies! Our Etsy Fox + Quills shop will be onsite with custom leather pen rolls, ink, nibs, and other beautiful items that can't even be found on our website! We will have our Square reader on hand for cc purchases.


Michael Sull

Michael Sull (born 1949) is an IAMPETH master penman and author living in Mission, Kansas, United States. An expert on penmanship, he was Ronald Reagan's calligrapher after his Presidency and is known worldwide for his skill and teaching ability. He regularly teaches handwriting, calligraphy, and engrossing programs throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Considered America’s foremost living Spencerian penman, he is author of Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship, Learning to Write Spencerian Script, and American Cursive Handwriting, and publishes various other educational materials focusing on pen writing. He also manufactures period style oblique dip pen equipment for use by penmen today.


Spencerian Script

Spencerian Script is a script style that was used in the United States from approximately 1850 to 1925 and was considered the American de facto standard writing style for business correspondence prior to the widespread adoption of the typewriter.

Platt Rogers Spencer, whose name the style bears, used various existing scripts as inspiration to develop a unique oval-based penmanship style that could be written very quickly and legibly to aid in matters of business correspondence as well as elegant personal letter-writing.

Spencerian Script was developed in 1840, and began soon after to be taught in the school Spencer established specifically for that purpose. He quickly turned out graduates who left his school to start replicas of it abroad, and Spencerian Script thus began to reach the common schools. Spencer never saw the great success that his penmanship style enjoyed because he died in 1864, but his sons took upon themselves the mission of bringing their late father's dream to fruition.



Refunds and Cancellations

We understand that life is unpredictable and that your schedule may unexpectedly change. As smoothly as we may make everything unfold during the workshops, organizing a workshop involves a great investment of both time and financial resources. Due to those commitments we’ve made to our students to keep these workshops flowing into the future, we have put this policy in place. Should you wish to cancel, here are the guidelines for refunds.

  • 45+ days PRIOR to event start date: 100% refund, less $50 admin fee
  • 30 to 45 days PRIOR to event start date—ticket cost will be fully refunded, less a 50% cancellation fee
  • less than 30 days before the event—100% cancellation fee, no refunds offered
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