Workshop: Weaver Writing

Weaver Writing, with Bill Kemp

A one-day workshop on Mar 11th, 2023 – open and free to all TCG members.

This workshop will be from 10 am to 4 pm, on zoom only, and it will be taking the place of the regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Zoom will be available to log on at 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning. The meeting will be recorded and available in the members portal of the website for 30 days.

Please see student workbook provided by Bill Kemp in the Members’ Downloads section of the website.

Workshop Details

Supply List

  • Oblique Pen holder with a stiff nib such as Nikko G
  • Smooth, translucent writing paper such as Borden and Riley Marker Layout. Bill will be using Rhodia
  • Walnut Ink or smooth flowing ink of your preference
  • Printed Guide sheet from the Student Workbook: The Student Workbook is available as a PDF on the Member Downloads section of our website. For learning, sometimes it is helpful to just print several copies of the guide sheets on high quality copy paper. A good choice is HP Premium 32 lb
  • Lightbox if you do not print the guide sheets directly on your paper

Class Schedule

General welcome
Guild announcements from Robin
Instructions for asking questions and keeping profile muted on Zoom
Introduction of Bill by Kymberly

Pointed Pen warm-up exercises
Background/Story/History about Gwen Weaver
General characteristics of the script and beginning instruction on the letter forms
Student Questions – Submitted through the chat feature in Zoom

Break for lunch

Respond to questions
Finish instruction on letter forms
Discuss how to handle tricky double letters (especially those f, s, g, y ascender and descenders)
Perhaps write a quote together, discuss layout issues

General questions
Class work share

About Bill Kemp

A calligrapher for over 40 years, Bill’s great love is the pointed pen, and his hand is truly that of a master! A personal student of the great penmen Bill Lily, Michael Sull, and Mike Kesceg. Bill now teaches nationally and internationally. While a variety of examples of Weaver writing can be found on the internet, Bill worked personally with the late Gwen Weaver and brings us an accurate exemplar of her intended script. A gallery of his work can be viewed at (The above image is taken from Bill’s website). Bill resides in New Mexico where he is active with his local guild, and we are honored to host an instructor of his caliber.

Bill Kemp in Calligraphy Crush magazine article.

Bill Kemp’s website:


P.S. This class presumes a comfort level with the oblique pen holder and a pointed pen nib. Bill will not teach the basics of preparing the nib, proper nib angle, or holding a pointed pen. For those who have not used these materials before, please see some instruction sheets provided by Ian Searle, on the tips and tutorials section of our Members Downloads page. This was sourced from the Facebook group Copperplate Script for All. Weaver is written at a different angle, but this will provide the basics for practicing with pointed pen. I highly recommend this Facebook site for a number of instructional ideas and practice files.

– from K.A. and R.G.

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