Modern Storybook Script 1 (MSS1)

In this 2-day online workshop, you'll learn a series of simple strokes that form this whimsical yet elegant alphabet; first lowercase letters, then upper case capitals.

We’ll also examine letter endings, connectors, ligatures, numbers and punctuation.

Strokes into letters, letters to words, words to sentences…and voila! You have a brand new, useful and versatile alphabet style that you’ll make uniquely your own!

Student Experience Level

Beginners to Advanced Calligraphers are welcome!

Step-by-step learning

Never picked up a pointed pen before? We’ve got your back! We will provide introductory videos in the student portal for you to watch before class starts so that you will be all set to start writing.

Kathy’s teaching style has been described as thoughtful, intelligent, detailed, entertaining, and joyful! She believes in the healing power of creating art.


Kathy creates a safe environment where participants can express themselves without judgment. She encourages, inspires, uplifts, and supports your learning experience. It’s never too late to learn!

What You'll Learn

  • Lowercase, uppercase, and alternates
  • Connecting letters into words
  • Ligatures, bouncing letters, and other fun techniques
  • Word spacing, structuring sentences
  • Create both spontaneity AND balance
  • Numerals & punctuation
  • Simple flourishing

What You'll Receive

  • Profuse class handout package
  • Helpful hints to inspire your journey
  • Fun homework projects, including practice lists
  • Recommended reading list
  • 3 bonus templates to use and enjoy
  • Bonus project overview with tips
  • Insights & outlooks from the “Mind of Milici”

Added Benefits

  • Improve your intuition and creative confidence
  • Train your eye to “see” letters differently
  • Create freedom within structure 
  • Find your own personal style & self-expression
  • Design compositions that you can use again and again
  • Use visualization & negative space more effectively
  • Judge your work, not yourself

Class Schedule

Modern Storybook Script 1 will consist of 4 class sessions taught over 2 days:

Sessions 1 & 2: Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Sessions 3 & 4: Saturday, March 25, 2023
Times: 10:30am-12:30pm US Eastern time & 2:00-4:00pm US Eastern time each class day
Level: ALL (Beginners Welcome!)
Cost: $195 USD

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After you register, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to your Have Pens Will Dazzle® student portal. You can login to download the Supplies List found in the Welcome Module.

Accessing the Zoom Classes

Ten minutes before class time, login to the student portal. Links to each Zoom class will be provided inside the student portal. We sometimes open class early to chat before class starts.

Class Recordings

We will post links to the class recordings and teacher demo sheets in the student portal the day after class. The recordings will be available until April 30, 2023.

Refund Policy

All sales are final. Fees paid for this online workshop are non-refundable and non-transferable to future workshops.

About Your Instructor, Kathy MiliciKathy-Milici-Calligraphy-Crush-class

Kathy is an internationally known calligrapher, designer, teacher, speaker, author and mentor, who happily admits to being obsessed with letters since childhood. With a studio located in northern New Jersey, her work has been featured in books, design blogs, national magazines and on television. Kathy's clients include private individuals, collectors and corporations, worldwide.

Kathy Milici has been an instructor for the Society of Scribes in New York City, a popular instructor at national and international calligraphy conferences, including IAMPETH, Letters California Style, and for the Sacred Arts Program at Enders Island in Mystic, CT. She teaches both small group classes and privately in NJ, and travels the country, promoting, lecturing and teaching calligraphy and the related arts.

The originator of the #1 best-selling font Gratitude Script, a modern typeface, Kathy also enjoys mentoring fellow artists and students on how to create a living and maintain a viable business as a working artist.

With a reputation for consistent excellence, a joyful heart, and a fun, encouraging teaching style, Kathy is honored to be a professional calligrapher and teacher for over 40 years. She feels privileged to have studied under some of the best known and well-respected Master Penmen of the world, including White House calligraphers. Her teachers have included Sheila and Julian Waters, Valerie Weilmunster, and IAMPETH Master Penmen Pat Blair, Michael Sull, John DeCollibus, Harvest Crittenden, Jake Weidmann, and Rosemary Buczek.

After all these years, Kathy is still enjoying her lifelong passion for “everything calligraphy.”

About Your Tech Host, Maureen VickeryMaureen Vickery

Maureen Vickery is a professional calligrapher and engraver with PenDance Studio in Houston, Texas. She also is the publisher and editor of Calligraphy Crush Magazine.

Her specialties include wedding calligraphy and hand engraving on glass and metal gift items. She loves working in both historic and modern calligraphy styles. Her main focus is pointed pen lettering, but she also enjoys creating compositions with broad edge pens, markers, and paint brushes.

Maureen's work has appeared in Dasherie, UPPERCASE, Expression, Letter Arts Review, Modern Luxury Weddings Houston, and Weddings in Houston magazines, as well as Kitty Burns Florey's book Script & Scribble. She is a member of the Houston Calligraphy Guild, the Society of Scribes, and IAMPETH.

You can find her wedding calligraphy on Instagram at @pendancestudio. Brand activations and calligraphy clients include Creed, Coty, Tiffany & Co., The Menil Collection, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Estee Lauder, Jo Malone, Guerlain, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s.

Calligraphy and art classes are her favorite way to re-energize. Other interests include Keto recipes, gardening, Zentangle® (she’s a CZT), urban sketching, genealogy (she’s a descendant of 11 Mayflower passengers), watercolor illustrations, doubles tennis, and lemon bar cookies — not necessarily in that order.

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