Pen Show Seminars

All Workshops & Seminars also require weekend pass or wristband to attend
 

No need to register for free classes

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Special & Limited Edition Pelikan with Tom Baley, Friday 10 - 11:30am, FREE, Chicago Room

Nib Repair Seminar with Greg Minuskin, Friday 2-3pm, FREE, Chicago Room

Greg will be showing a slide show of various nib retips he has done including complicated crack repairs on nibs that will really astound and amaze you!

"Greg Minuskin has a four year degree in commercial real estate accounting but took his passion for watchmaking to Switzerland where he studied at the top watchmaking school in Neufchâtel Switzerland to now hold a degree in watchmaking. Greg also spent years of working independently in Beverly Hills California as well as an expert appraiser in the past for the Antiques Roadshow, plus worked on valuation and identification as an outside contractor for Sotheby’s. 

 

Greg was asked to be supervisor for the new Rolex after sales service center in Beverly Hills. Later on Greg trained with John Mottishaw on pen repair and nib retipping and now currently works independently doing nib retips for clients around the world along with crack repairs.”

Beginner/Intermediate Nib-Tuning Workshop by Regalia Writing Labs Friday 3pm - 4:30pm, $70, Poplar Creek Room (class limit of 10) FULL

 

A fully hands on Nib-Tuning Workshop with Ralph Reyes of Regalia Writing Labs. Learn the basics and intermediate techniques of nib-tuning from Chicago’s very own Ralph Reyes, the phenom behind Regalia Writing Labs. With Regalia, Ralph set the pen world on its ear with his creative designs and manufacture of amazing and unusual nibs; Ralph also has studied under several revered nib masters, most notably under Richard Binder. Want to learn how fountain pen nibs work, and how to take a nib that’s so-so out of the box and smooth and tune it into a writer that fits you perfectly? This is the class for you. These classes are limited to 10 participants. . Pre-register now, as we expect this to be filled quickly. A seminar and materials fee of ($70) is due on signup. Participants will receive all the tuning supplies necessary to tailor and calibrate their own pens, and the knowledge to be confident that almost any pen they purchase can be adjusted to their individual hand. See Ralph's work at regaliawritinglabs.com or on Instagram at @reachingralph!

Learn Italic with Nikola Pang, Saturday 9am-12pm, $70, Poplar Creek Room (limit of 13) Register & pay here

Join Nikola Pang in learning the beautiful, classical, forms of Italic script. Cancelleresca, or Chancery hand, came about from a marriage of humanist and Roman forms and really hit its stride during the period we know as the Italian Renaissance. These scripts were so popular in their multitude of variations that they quickly became adopted by both the church and became adopted throughout the old world as a standard. Classically beautiful, flowing, very nearly ideal in readability and highly refined through the ages it's no wonder that Italic is still considered by a large number of calligraphers and typographers to be a "perfect script". This course will focus on the history, forms, and execution of creating classic (and perhaps a few contemporary) Italic hands.

 

The course includes all materials and handouts. If you wish to bring your own tools feel free.
Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own ruler and mechanical pencil if possible.

Exquisite Stationary for Fountain Pens with Michael Sull, Saturday 10-11am, FREE, Chicago Room

American Cursive Handwriting with Hong Nguyen, Saturday 2-4pm, $40, Chicago Room  FULL  limit of 20

“Beautiful Handwriting is the music that carries the message. It delights our eyes and makes our heart dance.” If you want to improve your cursive handwriting, you are welcome to my American Cursive Handwriting workshop. I'll be happy to meet and work with you to improve your handwriting.


Hồng Nguyễn is a certified instructor in American Cursive and has been teaching cursive courses for many years to writers of all ages. She is the world's most recent Master Penman. She is also the first Certified American Cursive Handwriting Master Penman. She has received awards for her penmanship and is dedicated to spreading the joy of cursive writing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginner/Intermediate Nib-Tuning Workshop by Regalia Writing Labs Saturday 3pm - 4:30pm, $70, Poplar Creek Room (class limit of 10) FULL

 

A fully hands on Nib-Tuning Workshop with Ralph Reyes of Regalia Writing Labs. Learn the basics and intermediate techniques of nib-tuning from Chicago’s very own Ralph Reyes, the phenom behind Regalia Writing Labs. With Regalia, Ralph set the pen world on its ear with his creative designs and manufacture of amazing and unusual nibs; Ralph also has studied under several revered nib masters, most notably under Richard Binder. Want to learn how fountain pen nibs work, and how to take a nib that’s so-so out of the box and smooth and tune it into a writer that fits you perfectly? This is the class for you. These classes are limited to 10 participants. . Pre-register now, as we expect this to be filled quickly. A seminar and materials fee of ($70) is due on signup. Participants will receive all the tuning supplies necessary to tailor and calibrate their own pens, and the knowledge to be confident that almost any pen they purchase can be adjusted to their individual hand. See Ralph's work at regaliawritinglabs.com or on Instagram at @reachingralph!

 

PARKER Museum & Archives: the Basics and the Latest with Geoffrey Parket, Saturday 12-1pm, FREE, Chicago Room

Learn Copperplate with Nikola Pang, Sunday 9am-12pm, $70, Poplar Room (limit of 13) Register & pay here

Copperplate calligraphy, also known as roundhand, grosser's, and engraver's script, is considered by most to be the mother of all pointed pen hands, and is one of the most recognizable and highly demanded design elements in pointed pen calligraphic works. In this course Nikola Pang will go over a concise version of its history and learn to use dip pens in order to form the basic strokes of its construction. This course is geared towards beginners but hose with more experience may attend it as a refresher course. The course is $70 for the 3 hours and includes all the tools (nibs, holders, papers, handouts).
Attendees are welcome to bring their own supplies for use if they wish. Nik encourages attendees to bring a pencil and ruler with them.

Improving Your Signature with Michael Sull, Sunday 10-11am, FREE, Chicago Room, (limit of 13)

 

Spencerian Script & Flourishing with Fountain Pens with Michael Sull, Sunday 1-5pm, $50, Salt Creek Room (limit of 13) Register & Pay Here

Pens for Kids, Sunday 2-3pm, FREE, Chicago Room

**Links to register are below!

All Workshops & Seminars also require weekend pass or wristband to attend

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​Friday's Register & Pay Classes

Beginner/Intermediate Nib-Tuning Workshop by Regalia Writing Labs, Friday 3pm - 4:30pm, $70  Poplar Creek Room, Limit of 10 DULL

Saturday's Register & Pay Classes

Learn Italic with Nikola Pang, Saturday 9am-12pm, $70 material fee, Poplar Creek Room limit of 13 Register & pay here

 

American Cursive Handwriting with Hong Nguyen, Saturday 2-4pm, $40, Chicago Room  FULL

Beginner/Intermediate Nib-Tuning Workshop by Regalia Writing Labs, Saturday 3-4:30pm, $70, Poplar Creek Room, Limit of 10  FULL

Sunday's Register & Pay Classes

 

Learn Copperplatw with Nikola Pang, Sunday 9am-12pm, $70 material fee Poplar Creek Room, limit of 13, Register & pay here

Spencerian Script & Flourishing with Fountain Pens with Michael Sull, Sunday 1pm-5pm, $50, Salt Creek Room   limit of 13 Register & Pay Here