Sydney, Australia Workshops

February 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2020

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A native of Buffalo, New York, Michael Sull is an American Master Penman whose work in the field of traditional handwriting has extended over a thirty-five-year career. He is internationally recognized as the most significant American Penman of the past fifty years for his penmanship skills, authorship, and teaching efforts. A devoted chirographer, Michael’s activities have been innovative and instrumental in bringing back our handwriting heritage. He is widely regarded as the individual responsible for ushering in a new interest in American Handwriting and reintroducing today’s generation of students to Spencerian Penmanship.

Michael’s interest in calligraphy began shortly after he completed his service in the U.S. Navy in 1973. He founded the Tidewater Calligraphy Guild in 1978 in Virginia Beach, Virginia and subsequently met veteran Master Penman Isaac Weldon Bullock, David Fairbanks and Paul O’Hara. At age ninety, Mr. O’Hara at that was time was one of the last living Master Penman from America’s Golden Age of Penmanship [1850 – 1925]. These individuals became Michael’s mentors, and over the next few years they encouraged him to share his knowledge and skills with others that America’s history of Penmanship would not remain forgotten. To this end, Michael has dedicated his career.

His achievements over the next serval decades have been unprecedented and substantial: 1981 – 1986 staff lettering artist, Hallmark Cards; founder and director, Spencerian Workshop Program, 1987 – 2012; president, International Association of Master Penman, Engrosses and Teachers of Handwriting [IAMPETH], 2001; founder and director, IAMPETH Master Penman Program, 2001 – 2015; personal calligrapher to former president Ronald Reagan, 1990-2003; founder, The Spencerian Monument for American Handwriting, 2012; author: Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship, Learning to Write Spencerian Script, Spencerian Practice Set, Penmanship Poetry: Tales and Legends from a Lost Era, and American Cursive Handwriting, Zaner-Bloser corporate master penman, academic director, The Ink Academy; featured contributor and subject, Pen World International magazine.

Michael’s teaching efforts have been extensive. Since 1985 he has taught American Penmanship in over forty states and twelve foreign countries; more than anyone in our country’s history. He is also well-known for his handmade oblique penholders, personally crafting over seven-thousand of these special writing instruments over the past twenty-five years. His writing skills are highly sought after as private commissions, and examples of his Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship can be found in personal collections around the world. A renowned penman respected for his teaching ability and writing skill, Michael is a singular in today’s renaissance of interest in American Penmanship. With the Art of American Cursive Penmanship, he focuses his attention on improving handwriting skills for the adult community.


  1. Discount A:
    A whole Workshop discount! Get AUD 125,- DISCOUNT, a CERTIFICATE of Attendance of Spencerian Penmanship, and if you pay by bank transfer, get additional $5 discount for the 1 day workshop ticket, $15 discount for the 4 day workshop ticket. 

  2. Discount B:
    GROUP DISCOUNT of $50 OFF for each class registered when you bring a friend to register together for any class (each of you is not required to take the same class to qualify). A single class for each of you will only cost $200 in this case. (Bank Transfer payment only)

  3. Discount C:
    GROUP DISCOUNT of $70 OFF for each class registered when you bring two or more friends to register together for any class (each of you is not required to take the same class to qualify). A single class will only cost $180 in this case. (Bank Transfer payment only)

    ******** IMPORTANT: To take advantage of this discount, please email us at of the classes you want to register for. We will then send you an invoice with the discounted price and the bank account information for you to make the payment via bank transfer. *******

All Prices mentioned in this event are all in AUD.

Levels: All Levels welcome to register!

Location: St Paul's College, Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia

Include: All materials, Light lunch and assorted beverages​
Guarantee: Full Personal Attention from the Master himself!

Day 1: Introduction to Spencerian Script (Part 1)

Thursday, February 6th, 2020 (9.30 am to 4.30 pm)
We will learn:

  • Fundamental principles of Spencerian Script

    • ​Brief historical introduction of Platt Rogers Spencer and the principles from nature that formed the foundations of Spencerian Penmanship

  • Tools, materials and techniques

    • ​Unique characteristics of Oblique Pen holders, preferred writing inks, and pen Points will be explained

  • Lowercase Letters and Numerals. Through explanation and demonstration, traditional and alternate forms of the lowercase letters and numerals will be presented.

Day 2: Introduction to Spencerian Script (Part 2)

Friday, February 7th, 2020 (9.30 am to 4.30 pm)

We will learn:

  • All Capital / Uppercase letterform

    • ​Fundamental strokes of the Capitals will be explained and demonstrated- making Spencerian shades, Capital Stem, direct ovals, Alternate P Group, and compound curve letters.

  • Numeral

  • Compositions Writing, in-class practice if we still have more time.

Day 3: Ornamental Penmanship

Saturday, February 8th, 2020 (9.30 am to 4.30 pm)
We will learn:​

  • Extended Capitals, Spiraling

    • ​How to extending the capitals, techniques of spiraling ovals, flourishing entry and ending strokes, understanding the importance of negative shapes (consistency and the formation of “windows”), and the concept of Balance in Ornamental Penmanship

  • Flourished Line-endings

    • ​Composition Flourishing with extended uppercase, flourished lowercase, and decorative line-endings. Creating compositions of beautiful text and design.

Day 4: Signature Writing & Off-Hand Flourishing

Sunday, February 9th, 2020 (9.30 am to 4.30 pm)
We will learn:​

  • Superscription techniques

  • Signature embellishment

  • Signature Writing

  • Off-Hand flourishing

  • Essential Techniques: making curves, shades, pen manipulation

  • Traditional Patterns-  Cartouche, Scroll, Plume, Title Flourishing,Quill’s, Birds

Day 5th: Farewell Dinner (February 10th)
This is FREE of charge, anyone who wants to join the dinner, please check the registration link


  1. The workshop will last the full day from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (1 hour lunch break, two 15-minutes break).

  2. Due to a lot of non-refundable and upfront payments we have to make such as venue hire, air flight, visa and accommodation fees for the instructor, all purchased tickets are NON-Refundable.

Accommodation :
For those traveling from overseas
or out-of-town, St Paul’s Event Stays is delighted to extend a special 10 % off discount off their Best Available room rates. To take advantage of this offer, please register for any of the class and email us your interest at We will then email you the discount code once your registration is confirmed.​

FOR ORDERS of MICHAEL SULL'S Books, pads and Pen Holder:
Due to Australian GST and all the goods will be sold in Australian Dollar through us. Please Check our collection above to get yours before or at the class!



Nibs (1 Vintage Nib + 2 Popular Nibs)

Ink (McCaffery ink)

Dinky Dips with holder

Martha's Favorite Atelier Paper (20 sheets)

Workshop Handout

For Sharing:

Free flows of walnut inks and blank premium quality paper from Europe)
Pen holder (if you don't have yours)

Guide sheets

Coffee and Tea
Refreshments (bread, cookies, sandwiches) and Snacks​


Payment Options:

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