With the demise of subsidised adult education courses it has become increasingly difficult to acquire skill in writing with an edged pen. If you can find a course it may well be that you can learn the basics but it doesn’t offer you the opportunity to hone your writing skills and to learn how to design more complex work than cards or small pieces of ephemera.
The SSI is now offering an intensive, two weekend course on just this: writing and design. The course will run alongside the Advanced Training Scheme, but will be completely separate from it. There will be no need for selection: if you are quite well past the beginning stage, that is, you have a repertoire of at least two of the major scripts and are confident in your use of the pen, but would like to refine your writing and improve your design skills, you are eligible to apply. The course is not open to beginners. Places are limited to eight.
The two residential weekends will take place at the same venues as the ATS so participants will be able to mix with and see the work of more advanced students. There will be no obligation to apply for the ATS on completion of the course. It is also open to non-members of the Society.
For the course, you will be asked to choose up to two of the major scripts to concentrate on, from The Foundational Hand, Roman capitals, Italic, Italic capitals or Versals / constructed capitals. These are the most important scripts in the calligrapher’s repertoire for commissioned work and the most versatile for personal work. The first weekend will be spent on refining writing and exploring variations on your chosen scripts for interpretative work. The second will concentrate on layout and design. You will need to be willing to work between the two weekends.
The course will be taught by Jilly Hazeldine, FSSI, author of Contemporary Calligraphy, published by Robert Hale in 2011 and co-author of and tutor on the SSI’s Correspondence Course.
More detailed information on what to bring will be provided on application. If you have any questions before applying, you are welcome to contact Jilly at firstname.lastname@example.org
DATES AND VENUES
Weekend one: The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire on 27th (evening, dinner and welcome)/28th/29th March 2020.
Weekend two: The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire on 4th/5th/6th September 2020.
If you live close to this venue you can travel on the Saturday morning, arriving by 9am, needing only one night’s accommodation.
[Unfortunately our usual Spring venue in Hertfordshire was not available for 2020]
The cost of each weekend includes tuition, accommodation and all meals.
SSI Members — Friday to Sunday £250. Saturday to Sunday £200
Non-members — Friday to Sunday £290. Saturday to Sunday £240
As the ATS students are also residential, maximum benefit will be gained by staying over and mixing with them on the Friday evenings.
Rooms are en-suite. If you wish to have a room without an en-suite bathroom please email Helen Hayman at email@example.com. If non en-suite rooms are available (not always the case) the costs can be further reduced by £50.
If you would like to reserve a place please download and complete the form available here. Send the completed form to Jilly Hazeldine by email – firstname.lastname@example.org – or by post it to Hatters, The Green, Austwick, Lancaster LA2 8BB.
Download an Application Form here
BOOKING YOUR PLACE
The course is limited to 8 places.
Your place is not confirmed until full payment has been received and acknowledged.
You will be provided with further details of the venue, timetable and equipment to bring nearer the time.
To pay using PayPal
Click on the relevant button below. PayPal allows the option of paying from your PayPal account or using your debit/credit card. Then download and complete the Application Form and send it to Jilly Hazeldine (details above).
Members of the SSI, per weekend:
Non-members, per weekend:
To pay by Bank Transfer
Please transfer your payment to Sort Code: 20-90-56, Account Number: 30579718, using the reference WDC[your surname], then download and complete the Application Form and send it to Jilly Hazeldine (details above). If you are paying from overseas, please ensure all bank charges are paid and the full amount reaches the SSI account.
To pay by Cheque
Download and complete the Application Form and send it with your cheque for the full amount, made payable to The Society of Scribes and Illuminators, to Jilly Hazeldine, Hatters, The Green, Austwick, Lancaster LA2 8BB.
The Writing & Design Course involves payments to third parties that we would not be able to recover in the event of a cancellation.
If you cancel at least 60 days before the start date of a weekend, we will refund 50% of the amount paid.
If you cancel within 60 days of the start date of a weekend, the total cost is non-refundable.
These conditions are accepted when your booking is made.
It is highly recommended that you take out adequate insurance cover in case you are unable to attend part or all of the course.
Read our full cancellation policy here.