penmanship links
Last updated April, 2017

Many people who develop an interest in nice pens soon become dissatisfied with their own handwriting. Here is a list of Web sites with instruction and supplies related to western penmanship, in alphabetical order.

All About Calligraphy

Information plus more links to informative web sites and videos.

The Art of Penmanship

Instructions on penmanship from

The Art of Writing

History and lessons on penmanship

Cursive Handwriting

Donna Young's cursive handwriting practice sheets

A Guide to Calligraphy for Weddings, Invitations, and More

Includes many great calligraphy links

Hand Lettering At Home

Great article with lots of useful links


The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting

John Neal Books

Calligraphy and penmanship supplies, books, and videos


Calligraphy supplies, calligraphy materials and the unique X-Height Calculator

Spencerian Key to Practical Penmanship

The Ames Historical Society web site with scans of several pages from the 1874 Spencerian penmanship manual

Spencerian Penmanship

Fascimile reproductions of the original Spencerian writing text and copy books used in schools in the 19th century published by Mott Media

Spencerian Script Penmanship and American Cursive Handwriting

The Web site of Master Calligrapher Michael Sull. Books, videos, supplies, and info on a week long Spencerian Script workshop. Materials related to Michael Sull's handwriting system, "American Cursive Handwriting" will soon be available

Articles on pens, penmanship and calligraphy

Tips for improving your handwriting

Article by Dyas A. Lawson with lnks to other related articles

The Washington Calligraphers Guild

A nonprofit organization of approximately 500 lettering artists who appreciate the lettering and book arts

The Write Fonts

An article and list of cursive handwriting fonts for teachers and students

Writing Can Help

Marie Picard's books for teaching penmanship to children


Promoting the Art of Ornamental Penmanship. Spencerian and Copperplate styles. Includes many writing samples, and free online lessons

Ziller of Kansas City

Books and materials related penmanship taught through the Tamblyn School of Penmanship since the late 19th century

Don't forget to check out The Tokyo fountain pen scene.

Books I can personally recommend:

Write Now: The Complete Program For Better Handwriting

Teach Yourself Better Handwriting, New Edition

The Art of the Handwritten Note: A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication

Spencerian Penmanship (Theory Book plus five copybooks)

George Bickham's Penmanship Made Easy (Young Clerks Assistant)

The Complete Calligraphy Set

BFH, A Manual For Fluent Handwriting

An Elegant Hand: The Golden Age of American Penmanship and Calligraphy

Handwriting in America: A Cultural History

Learning to write Spencerian script

Kindle editions of penmanship books. (See my article on eBooks!)

The Art of the Handwritten Note: A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication

The Art of Penmanship: How to Become a Handsome Writer (Illustrated)

Handwriting of the Twentieth Century


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