April 30 – May 1, 2021
Annual festival of Calligraphy and Lettering Arts, sponsored by
Write On Calligraphers

Welcome to Letters of Joy 2021

We welcome all of you from near and far to join us in our love for letters! Our conference is virtual this year, so you don’t have to choose your classes in advance – just select the class you wish for each session and whatever you miss will be available as recordings later on this site!

The Letters of Joy online conference includes an evening lecture on Friday, April 30th at 7pm,  followed by a full day of classes on Saturday, May 1st:

Session 1 class | 9–11 AM PDT

Everyone joins the keynote speaker’s class, Writing with a Bent Nib with Randall M. Hasson.
Followed by an hour break. 

Session 2 classes | 12 – 2 PM PDT

Choose from three classes (come back later to watch the other two).
Followed by a half hour break.

Session 3 classes | 2:30 – 4:30 PM PDT

Choose from three classes (come back later to watch the other two).

Join us live for the lecture and your choice of three 2-hour classes, but enjoy a total of all seven 2-hour classes plus the lecture with your conference pass. Recordings will be available for up to six weeks.
All times are Pacific Daylight time. Enrollment for event is limited to 200.
Click on the class images below for descriptions and more details. 

The full conference pass costs just $100 –  Register now and checkout through our secure payment system. 

 KEYNOTE SESSION

The Speedball Story

Randall M. Hasson

Come with us on a lettering journey narrated by Randall M. Hasson. The early 1900s were a time of invention. New industries emerged and the need for specialized lettering was greater than ever before. Learn how American lettering artists led the way with innovative lettering as well as how they developed techniques – and created many of the materials – that we take for granted today.

One of the tools created was the Speedball pen, a nib with a bent tip that revolutionized commercial lettering. William Gordon and Ross George created that pen in a shop in Seattle, and the small pamphlet that told letterers how to use the pen became the most influential lettering manual of the last 100 years. Randall walks us through the history of The Speedball Textbook and talks about how it has become a chronicle of the ever changing styles of lettering from 1914 until today.

Randall M. Hasson is an artist, calligrapher, instructor, and speaker who has appeared on the faculty of Arts, Lettering Arts, and Educational Conferences in the United States, Canada and England. He ran the Randall M. Hasson Gallery in San Diego and Santa Fe from 2000–2013. He has appeared as a mainstage presenter and/or teacher with lecture topics covering Public Art, Art History, the Painting Process, Collaborative Art Projects, and the History of Writing including the recent invention of the ADLaM Alphabet in western Africa. He is the author of a variety of articles covering lettering arts; is the co-editor of the 24th (Centennial) Edition of The Speedball Textbook and is currently writing a history titled Teaching America How to Letter: The Speedball Story.

Post Conference Workshop

The Speedball A Nib Experience with Randall M. Hasson

Get more in-depth study about writing with the bent nib in Randall's follow-up workshop. This is a hybrid workshop with a combination of Live Zoom sessions and lifetime access to 3.5 hours of prerecorded video lessons.

For a full calendar of events, visit The A Nib Experience page at Sandia Workshops.

To register (check or Paypal), visit the Write On Calligraphers website:

The A nib workshop features three alphabets: Spurred Gothic (lowercase and capitals), the elegant Rennie Mackintosh, and chunky Neuland script. More details here.

Order Your Supplies

Order your supplies from John Neal Books for your classes and the post-conference workshop.