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A step-by-step online program for learning modern calligraphy for beginners
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If there's one thing I've learned about Modern Calligraphy is that it's important to get started on the right foot - with proper tools, techniques and the feedback to make the necessary adjustments. And of course, it's much more fun to do it with OTHERS, together in a community! So, we interviewed so many of our students and ...
We've fine-tuned a program that is best for beginner calligraphers:
12 Step-by-Step Sessions + Bonus Videos
Lifetime access to pre-recorded videos that go through all the theory, techniques, troubleshooting, as close to an in-person experience as possible.
Printable Worksheets for Endless Practicing
80+ Pages of Printable Worksheets, Notes, Resource Guides, so that you can practice and improve, one stroke at a time.
Exclusive Community and Support
Access to a private Facebook group with weekly challenges to help you nurture your learning journey alongside fellow students.
Optional PREMIUM Package: Homework Assessments and Live Sessions
Get your homework reviewed and annotated for improvement/troubleshooting, and access to monthly Live Sessions via Zoom for more in-depth Q&A
Oh by the way, my name is Karla!
I'm an internationally published modern calligrapher and I love what I do. As a calligrapher, I do wedding invitations, run my online course academy for calligraphy, and also have a calligraphy supplies + stationery online shop, in my business called Written Word Calligraphy. I'm also a wife and a mom to a 5 and 1 year old, and my little family keeps me busy, so doing calligraphy keeps me sane.
Ten years ago, I started teaching calligraphy in in-person workshops and while I love doing that, I also knew the importance of being able to watch, re-watch and learn calligraphy over a long period of time instead of just one day. Learning calligraphy is a journey, and practice makes progress! I love teaching calligraphy and I hope you can discover the beauty of slowing down, creating beautiful letters, through the art of modern calligraphy with me.
Modern Calligraphy takes the tools and techniques of traditional calligraphy and lets you take your own spin to it, becoming your own artistic expression. It does feel like you're going back into the olden days, dipping your pen into ink, and slowly painting and drawing letters. It's a beautiful, accessible hobby that allows you to create many kinds of projects such as:
Crafting unique details for weddings and events
Creating personalized gifts and gift wrapping
Making one-of-a-kind cards and letters for your friends and family
Personally, I love calligraphy because it's a way to de-stress, calm my mind, do something fun with my own two hands, after a busy day.
An overview of what's to come:
- Introduction + Commitment
- Week 1: Defining Modern Calligraphy + Tools
- Week 2: Writing Techniques, Basic Calligraphy Strokes, Troubleshooting
- The following weeks will be in-depth study on the letters, troubleshooting and proper techniques:
- Week 3: Lowercase Letters Group 1
- Week 4: Lowercase Letters Group 2
- Week 5: Lowercase Letters Group 3
- Week 6: Connecting Lowercase Letters Part 1
- Week 7: Connecting Lowercase Letters Part 2
- Week 8: Uppercase Letters Group 1
- Week 9: Uppercase Letters Group 2
- Week 10: Uppercase Letters Group 3
- Week 11: Connecting Uppercase Letters and Bouncing Letters
- Week 12: Applying your calligraphy skills
- Digitizing Calligraphy
- Writing on Things Aside From Paper
- Tips for Lefties
- Basics of Layouting and Envelope Addressing
Here's what our students have to say...
For several years, I wanted to be able to write modern calligraphy, but I never knew how or where to start. Karla's course took all the confusion and frustrations away. I am so happy how I have come so far after completing the course and consistent practice. Karla's course is thorough, very structured, and clear, with many helpful worksheets to steadily improve your calligraphy. I love how she doesn't rush you through it. She helps (and reminds) you to slow down and be mindful of every stroke you make on the paper. I really appreciated this part of the course!
Karla gives a first class beginners course offering everything you need to start your calligraphy journey. The worksheets are fantastic and offer so much room to practice and, along with the guidance videos, these are just brilliant. Karla has a wonderfully enthusiastic, encouraging and clear way of teaching. Signing up to this course was definitely one of my best decisions. I cannot wait to continue my calligraphy journey as now I have the know how to keep practicing, the right way, and perfecting my new skills. Thank you Karla.
Lindsay G @beautifullywrittenbylindsay
I signed up to Karlas course having some self taught experience in calligraphy but not enough to maintain consistency in my drills and letters. I enjoyed calligraphy so much i wanted to learn from someone who could start from the basics and teach me all there is to it and i'm so happy i just went for it. The CCC is everything and more. The course structure is handled so perfectly, the layout from the worksheets, the time management guide, even the pace of the videos and lives too. The facebook community is so sweet and helpful (shoutout to the admins for their input too). The CCC has bought peace into my life, it has been a highlight in my days and continues to do so. I still use all the worksheets to this day. I highly recommend Karla’s course to everyone. It will not disappoint, i promise. Thank you Karla, Chloe and team! (:
Catherine B. @evelyngracearts
I have always wanted to learn calligraphy but never knew where to start—what kind of ink, nib, pen, and paper to use. When I heard of the Creative Calligraphy CourseI was hesitant to enroll, but after asking Karla some questions, I was convinced! Not only does this course introduce you to what the proper calligraphy supplies are and tell you where to start, but the Facebook group and live sessions are a great place to receive some feedback on your letters and overall progress. The videos are detailed and walk you through each and every single thing that there is to do, and the homework, albeit optional, is a plus! The homework serves as a review of each section and the feedback you get is super helpful—you get feedback on things like the roundness and size of your letters, and each and every thing. If you're thinking of learning calligraphy, this is the place to do it!
I give Karla’s calligraphy course the highest recommendation! Karla is an excellent teacher, offering explanations as well as close up videos demonstrating the concepts. She also teaches three different options for writing a letter which I liked. Her style is beautiful and artistic- and she is able to teach how beginners like me how to replicate the letters. Her resources were excellent! Practice sheets, recommendations for nibs, posture, hand placement, hand exercises- she covers it all! And in such a calm and encouraging manner! I learned so much!
I've always loved calligraphy, ever since I was a little girl, but I never really learned how to do it properly mostly because I didn't know where to start. My friend suggested we take the Creative Calligraphy Course together since we were both in lockdown due to the pandemic in our respective parts of the country. It was the perfect way for us to reconnect, and to learn a new skill at the same time. What I really loved about this course is how Karla explains the basics very thoroughly via the videos and worksheets in order to establish a good foundation. Having feedback on our 'homework' and being able to get support through IG, FB and email were so key in helping me with my specific questions and challenges. The live sessions were especially helpful and really set this course apart from other online classes. Thank you Karla and Written Word Academy for a fabulous course and I hope to take more soon!
Karla’s love for calligraphy shows in her instruction. She is so personable, I felt like I was sitting by her side. She offers a wealth of expertise and encouragement. I loved receiving immediate feedback from Karla on my progress. The live sessions with Karla are worth the price of the class alone.
I asked my students what their biggest struggles were and here's what I have to say about them:
Is it difficult to learn calligraphy?
Actually, it's not! Everyone has their own learning curve and some adjustments to make. It may take a bit more time, but every step is part of the process and practice makes progress.
I'm a leftie, can I learn calligraphy?
Absolutely! In fact, I think lefties have a bit of an advantage. There's still some adjustments you'll have to make, but righties will need to do them too! I know you can do it.
Do I need to commit a lot of time for this course?
Yes and no. Think of the time you spend doing calligraphy as self-care, so 20-30 mins a day, or maybe 1-2 hours a week is a great investment you can give to yourself. The course is self-paced!
I've tried calligraphy before. I feel stuck.
I hear you! The struggle is real and you are not alone. That's why we've got the coaching element in this course, as well as the private group to help support your growth, and get your questions answered and your technique troubleshooted. We will get through this together.
Do you think I'll ever be good enough?
One thing so beautiful about calligraphy is that it is a "step by step" type of art. Letters have a set shape and you can follow them. Once your hand retains the muscle memory, the letters will improve. It may take time and intentional practice, but slow and steady is what we're going for here. One stroke at a time, you got this!
Enroll in the Creative Calligraphy Course!
Here is the breakdown:
- Lifetime access to pre-recorded instructional videos
- Printable worksheet digital files
- Access to private Facebook Group
- Weekly Check-ins
*Premium membership will be available in January 2024, which will include access to homework checking, live practice sessions, weekly challenges, prizes, and member perks! If you enrol in this course now, you'll receive a special promotion for the membership once we reopen it.
*available January 2024
- Unlimited Homework Submissions + Feedback
- Monthly Live Practice Sessions + Q&A
- Weekly Challenges (with 1 winner per month)
- Exclusive Community Chat Rooms
- Member Perks such as free new worksheets, product discounts and more!
P.S. If you are Canadian, you can pay the course in CAD (one-time payment option only). Please send us an email at [email protected] with proof of Canadian residence (such as a letter or ID for tax purposes) and we'll help you out.
Why we offer online courses vs. in-person events!
After teaching our online beginner calligraphy course for a while, we discovered that it was super helpful for people to have lifetime access to these videos because sometimes life gets busy, and it's nice to be able to play, replay, pause when you need to. In an in-person workshop, you really don't always get the best seat in the house! Then, having access to a community on the Facebook group with weekly check-in's where you can ask your questions and get answers not only from Karla and her student coaches, but also from fellow calligraphy enthusiasts, is just SO much fun.
In January 2024, we will be relaunching our Premium Membership with more features, such as individualized homework assessments, live practice sessions, member perks, prizes and so much more.
Being part of the Creative Calligraphy Course crew just gives you the red carpet experience of learning calligraphy. We also recommending getting the Calligraphy Starter Kit, so that you can get started with all the supplies in one place. So excited for you to join us!
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Here are some photos of our previous students' work...
At Written Word we believe that practice makes progress, because learning calligraphy is a journey. With time and intentional practice, your work will grow and improve.