Thank You for a great

inaugural Show!



Thank You to everyone who helped make the first St. Louis Pen Show a success! We had 24 generous sponsors, almost 100 vendors,
15 classes, and several events that kept the weekend vibrant and active. So thank you to all the sponsors, vendors, instructors, volunteers, and especially the 1400 (wow!) people who came out to attend the show

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On behalf of the Pen Collectors of America and the St. Louis Pen Show, we would like to extend a very special THANK YOU to all our vendors for making the Kids' Scavenger Hunt such a great success! We had a lot of feedback from the children's families that our vendors were warm, welcoming, and happy to explain things. You helped make the pen show a rich and positive experience for the next generation of pen enthusiasts and collectors. So thank you for being so wonderful with the kids!

SHOW Schedule



Thursday, June 28
   Evening: Vendor Packet Pickup

Friday, June 29
7:00 am - Vendor Setup
   11:00 am - Open to the Public
   6:00 pm - Show Closes
   7:30 pm - Dessert Party
   8:30 pm - Auction

Saturday, June 30
   9:00 am - Open to the Public
   5:00 pm - Show Closes

Sunday, July 1
   10:00 am - Open to the Public
   3:00 pm - Show Closes

One-Day Pass: $5
   General Admission for 1 Day
   (Fri, Sat, or Sun)

Three-Day Pass: $10
General Admission for all 3 Days
   Includes Dessert Party

Kids under 12: Free


PCA Pens for Kids Scavenger Hunt
All weekend

The ever-popular Pen Collectors of America (PCA) scavenger hunt where kids can earn a free fountain pen by visiting with vendors and locating various pen-related items. Have the kids stop by the PCA table for their scavenger hunt passport.

Martinson Wirth Door Prize
Martinson Wirth is donating a Parker Duofold Centennial Lucky 8 Fountain Pen for the show's grand door prize. Black with gold trim. 18k gold Italic nib, hand ground by John Martinson. Custom made Maple Box. Special labeled Parker Quink Ink in Permanent Black.

Pen Artisan Guild Pen Contest
Winners announced Saturday afternoon

The Pen Artisan Guild will be conducting a contest to celebrate the wonderful designs and craftsmanship of artisan pen makers. 

Dessert Party (Friday at 7:30 pm)
Friday night dessert party for vendors and three-day pass holders!

Pen Auction (Friday at 8:30 pm)
We'll be holding a pen auction on Friday night, June 29 at 8:30 pm. You'll find vintage and modern writing instruments from the gently used to the highly collectable. Lot inspection begins at 7:00 pm. See the auctioneer or a member of the staff at this time for an auction list and to get your bidder number.
          Downloads: Auction Rules, Regulations, and Conditions  ||  Auction List  ||  Images of Pens

Pen Shows After Dark (Friday & Saturday nights)
The action continues after the show closes Friday and Saturday nights! Join other pen and stationery addicts at these evening meet-ups in the hotel bar for fun, networking, and checking out each other's hauls from the show. Make sure you join us on Saturday night for door prizes!


CLASSES ON Friday June 29, 2018

Friday, June 29 - 10:00 am to 12:50 pm

Come learn the beautiful Calligraphic style of Copperplate script! Copperplate, also known as roundhand, engrosser's, and engraver's script is considered by most to be the mother of all pointed pen hands. It still stands as one of the most recognizable and high-demand styles of pointed pen calligraphy. In this course, we will go over a concise version of its history, and learn to use dip pens to form the basic strokes of its construction. This course is geared toward beginners, but those with more experience may attend as a refresher (plus it's always nice to have experienced attendees to help beginners).

Registration fee of $50 - includes holders, nibs, handouts, and paper (although attendees are welcome to bring their own supplies). I also encourage attendees to bring a ball pen, pencil, and ruler with them.

To register, send an email directly to Nik at To ensure participants get personalized attention, class size is limited. Signing up beforehand is recommended, but not required.

Friday, June 29 - 1
:00 pm to 1:50 pm

This short, introductory course is intended for newer pen collectors who are interested in repairing their own pens. At the end of this session, you should be able to repair a button- or lever-filling pen. You will need to bring the following:

  • An inexpensive button- or lever-filling pen
  • A sac that fits your pen
  • Shellac (a small bottle)
  • Section pliers

If you don't have a pen to repair, you're welcome to come and watch!

Free - Sign up for this class at the St. Louis Pen Show registration table.

THINK INK with Sam Fiorella
Friday, June 29 - 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

Think Ink is a simple interactive event to help you learn about fountain pen inks and to help you keep your fountain pens writing flawlessly. We'll discuss ink history, what your ink is made of, ink flow, and just about everything else that pertains to fountain pen ink. Think of it as a good dose of common sense about the liquid that you run through your fountain pens. We will not be discussing any specific ink makers, nor will there be a discussion about your favorite ink color.

Free - Not necessary to sign up in advance.

CURSIVE LOGIC with Linda Shrewsbury
Friday, June 29 - 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

Do you think handwriting is an important personal skill worth preserving and transmitting to the next generation? Cursive means running! Do you want to know a fast, fun way to preserve this tradition? Through hands-on activities, Linda will demonstrate her intuitive approach for teaching cursive handwriting by supercharging the power of muscle memory and make acquiring this skill a sprint rather than a marathon. Consider this event one step toward preserving cursive for this generation!

Free - Not necessary to sign up in advance.

Friday, June 29 - 3:00 pm to 4:50 pm - IN THE HOTEL RESTAURANT

Hong is a certified instructor in American Cursive and has been teaching cursive courses for two years. She has received awards for her penmanship and is dedicated to spreading the joy of cursive writing.

Registration fee of $25 includes all materials. Class is limited to 15 people Sign up for this class by email at or at the St. Louis Pen Show registration table

KICK @$$ SNAIL MAIL CLASS! with Amanda McKay
Friday, June 29 - 4:00 pm to 4:50 pm

Are you ready to step up your snail mail game??? Gone are the days of us slapping a Forever stamp and an address on an envelope and sending a letter on its way! Come learn how to dress up your mail with some fun hand lettering, vintage postage, washi tape, wax seals, and more!

Registration fee of $20 for the class + kit - includes some envelopes, washi tape, and vintage postage! Sign up for this class by email at

Friday, June 29 - 5
:00 pm to 5:50 pm

Bring your curiosity or expertise to the session as we walk through the beginning steps of setting up your very own bullet journal! Journals, materials, and handouts will be available for use at no cost.

Free - Sign up at the St. Louis Pen Show registration table.

CLASSES ON Saturday June 30, 2018

CURSIVE LOGIC with Linda Shrewsbury
Saturday, June 30 - 9:00 am to 9:50 am

An encore session! Do you think handwriting is an important personal skill worth preserving and transmitting to the next generation? Cursive means running! Do you want to know a fast, fun way to preserve this tradition? Through hands-on activities, Linda will demonstrate her intuitive approach for teaching cursive handwriting by supercharging the power of muscle memory and make acquiring this skill a sprint rather than a marathon. Consider this event one step toward preserving cursive for this generation!

Free - Not necessary to sign up in advance.

Saturday, June 30 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Are you still looking at the pristine journal you received as a holiday gift? Or perhaps you wrote in it for a few days and then struggled with maintaining the practice.

In this class, you will receive a small lined journal in which to record your thoughts, wishes, and dreams.

In the first part of the class, Instructor Deborah Basel will guide you with writing prompts and encouragement to generate a dialogue between you and your journal. So that instead of it being a duty to record your day, it becomes more like relating a story to a trusted friend.

During the second half of the class, we will discuss art journaling techniques. We will work on feeling comfortable adding creative embellishments to our journals. Deborah will share tips and techniques for travel journals.

Deborah will have colored pencils and lots of interesting art supplies to tempt your creativity, but you may also bring your favorite writing and drawing pens and supplies, if desired. You may also bring and use your own journal if you would prefer to write in that instead of the book provided.

Deborah Basel is an artist, calligrapher, and Contributing Editor for Pen World Magazine.

Registration fee of $20.00. Sign up at the St. Louis Pen Show registration table.

Saturday, June 30 - 12:00 pm to 2:50 pm

Are you curious about calligraphy? Have you admired those old illuminated manuscripts and wondered how they did that? Then this is the class for you! You will start off by taking a speed-walk through the history of calligraphy and seeing how the lettering styles changed through the ages. You will see some favorite tools of calligraphers in use, and can try them for yourself. Finally, you will get to create your very own decorated letter to take home, using modern materials with traditional techniques. Bonus 1: you will receive a list of resources for further study (including instructor, who teaches a variety of calligraphy classes year-round in St. Louis). Bonus 2: If you register before the show begins, you will receive a special mystery gift in class!

Registration Fee of $50.00 - Class is limited to 20 people. Sign up for this class by email to

Saturday, June 30 - 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

The history of the Lipic family and their involvement with fountain pens, writing instruments, and business in St. Louis for five generations. 

Free - Not necessary to sign up in advance.

Saturday, June 30 - 4:00 pm to 4:50 pm

Tom Baley, an expert on the history of Pelikan Pens, Germany, will be hosting a seminar about how Pelikan became famous, and as to what else happened within those other 170+ years of company history. *****A special door prize, the book “The Pelikan Brand” worth $100, will be given at the end of the seminar. You must be present during the lecture to win.

Free - Not necessary to sign up in advance.

Saturday, June 30 - 3:00 pm to 4:50 pm - IN THE HOTEL RESTAURANT

The calligraphy workshop will be an overview of the Italic hand. Students will work with Shaeffer student fountain pens (provided). The goal is to have a lot of fun, learn basic strokes and some letters, and see how the letters are related to each other, thereby making learning the whole alphabet a less daunting task. After taking this class, you will have enough information to take your studies to the next level – through self study or via opportunities through a local guild. You CAN do this! And Deborah will show you how.

Deborah Basel has been doing calligraphy for over 30 years. She is a past President of the Washington DC Calligraphers Guild and Contributing Editor for Pen World Magazine. She has taught classes at Bertram’s Inkwell, The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Roland Park Country School’s Kaleidoscope program in Baltimore, Maryland, and at Pen shows all over the United States.

Registration fee of $25 + $7 materials fee (total $32). Sign up for this class at the St. Louis Pen Show registration table.

Saturday, June 30 - 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm

Most of us who collect extensively need to have a record of what we won to show others. Additionally, many people buy and sell on line and this requires that you present clear, accurate and alluring images of the items you are selling. I have lost count the number of pens I simply gave up on and never made a bid because the image presented was too dark, out of focus and in a few cases, difficult to determine where the pen was in the photo. Last, if your collection is worth more than a $1000, your insurance company more than likely wants you to document each piece clearly and photographically to correspond to your appraisal/valuation. therefore, I am offering this very short lecture/discussion showing participants several easy techniques to achieve better quality images as well as how to build an inexpensive light box using PVC pipe, tape, safety pins and translucent cloth that is available at most any fabric store. Last, I will show a few lighting tricks that will highlight your pen and make the entire focus on the object, not the surroundings. Each participant will receive a handout with instructions for the design of a light box; materials list, lighting options (and why), camera recommendations and what the entire system cost me (to give each person an idea of how inexpensive this method can be).

Free - Sign up at the St. Louis Pen Show registration table.


Sunday, July 1 - 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Come join Michael Sull and learn the basic of Spenerian Penmanship! In this hands on workshop, Michael will provide you the tools, history and personal instruction to help you begin your own journey with Spencerian penmanship. Workshop topics include:

  • The History of P.R. Spencer and American Ornamental Penmanship
  • Preparing your workspace, your tools and yourself
  • Proper writing posture and body mechanics
  • Practice drills
  • Motion of the forearm, wrist and fingers
  • How to create proper letter forms
  • Turning letters into words

Registration fee of $65 (includes: workshop, handouts, ink, pen point and a plastic oblique penholder or upgrade to $100 with all of the above and a handmade wooden oblique penholder). To register, contact Michael directly at or (913)219-1819. Class size is limited to 20 participants, so sign up early!

PENS FOR KIDS with Debora Basel
Sunday, July 1 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

This is a program sponsored by the Pen Collectors of America and run by Deborah Basel. We will briefly discuss the history of writing implements. Children get a chance to try grinding ink on an ink stone with Japanese stick ink. While they take turns grinding ink, testing the ink and admiring materials displayed, Basel will write each child’s name in Calligraphy. Brian and Lisa Anderson of Anderson Pens and Deborah Basel have donated fountain pens which will be provided to each child. This will be followed by some writing and origami crafts. We will have a door prize drawing - but you have to be there to win!

Free - Sign up at the St. Louis Pen Show registration table.

Exhibitors / Vendors

The following exhibitors & vendors will be joining us for the 2018 St. Louis Pen Show!

NEW! Download the ballroom table layouts so you know where to find all the vendors!

Jerry Adair

Ask Wooster's

Anderson Pens

Armando Simoni Club


Doug Berg

Richard Binder

Bittner, The Pleasure of Writing

Broadwell Studios

Francis Bulbulian

Paul Conterato


Curnow Bookbinding & Leatherwork


EJ's Pen

Tony Fischetti

Five Star Pens

Fountain Pen Day

Fountain Pen Recycler


Stephen Fuller

Steve Goldman

Good Made Better

Joel Hamilton & Sherrell Tyree

Cliff Harrington

Frank Hoban


Ray Jones Woodcrafts

Karas kustoms

kenro Inc.

Ryan Krusac


Don Lamkin

Kent Leichliter

Lemur Ink

Martin Lipic

Rob LItz

Junior Lopez

Joe Lowe

Luxury Brands, USA

Madison Fine Pen

Maille Order by Margaret

Stephen Mandell

Martin's Pens 51

Martinson Wirth

Matanda Wood Creations

Jim McNaBB

Bruce Mindrup

Greg Minuskin

Pat Mohan

Steve Nelson

Newton Pens - shawn & Elizabeth newton

Nock co.

David Oscarson

NiK Pang

John Parisi

Paul's Pens (Paul Erano)

The Pay-It-Forward Project

Pen Artisan Guild

Penworld Magazine

Pen Collectors of America

The Pen Guardian

The Pen Guy

The Pen Man


The Pen Market


Pens Plus

Pen Shop of Memphis

Perlson Enterprises

Photo ArT

Tim Pierson

Portland Pen Tools

Recife Pens

Regalia Writing Labs

Dan Reppert

Roses without Thorns

Pete Sacopolas

The Southern Scribe

Sterling Pen

Michael Sull


Mike Tarantino

Toys from the Attic

An Tran

Vintage Pen Shop

Von Moos

Roger Wooten

The Well-appointed Desk

Ivan Weinstein

WoodShed Pen Company

The Write Pen

Write Turnz

Dan Zazove


A huge "Thank you" to our sponsors for their support in helping bring a pen show back to the St. Louis area!
Please click any image below to visit that sponsor's web site.

If you would like to sponsor the St. Louis Pen Show, scroll down a little to find out how.

Become a Sponsor!

The St. Louis Pen Show will be a yearly event, bringing together vendors from all over the country (and maybe a few from outside). The Show is intended to reach people of all ages and backgrounds, and it's organized and run through a non-profit organization promoting cursive writing for children & adults.

Some benefits of sponsorship include:

  • Your logo on all web, social media, and signage at the show
  • Added exposure before the event
  • Four free weekend passes to the show

We still need sponsorships to support the 2018 Show in the following areas:
Hospitality Room, Pens for Kids, Media & Advertising, Printing & Signage, Dessert Party, & the Pen Shows After Dark Event

If you would like to sponsor the St. Louis Pen Show, please fill out and return the Sponsorship Form.
Or if you would like more information on sponsorships, please click here to contact us.

Spectacular St. Louis!

Being that the 2018 St. Louis Pen Show immediately precedes the Fourth of July holiday, we've had several people indicate they may stay on a bit and enjoy a few extra days in the city after the Show, and they're looking for things to do. St. Louis is a spectacular city with a million things to see and do...many of them free. So we've collected some of our favorites places here. Click the buttons below to view their web sites. And please visit the Explore St. Louis site for even more!


Sight Seeing & Entertainment

It's hard to think of St. Louis without picturing the Gateway Arch, but there are so many other great places, too. You could tour the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, catch a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game, or take in a show at America's oldest and largest outdoor musical theater.


Family Fun

St. Louis is a very family-oriented city, with all sorts of fun and educational places to visit, from our world-class zoo, to our children's science center, to several museums, and even a butterfly house, we have plenty of ways to keep the kids busy and surrounded by science & nature. And don't forget City Museum, a huge, factory-sized playhouse all kids love!


Parks & Outdoors

If you like to get outside, St. Louis has a huge number of parks and outdoor attractions to keep you moving and enjoying the fresh air. You can do some hiking at Castlewood State Park, visit the absolutely beautiful botanical garden, do a little fishing or kayaking at Creve Coeur Lake, or even just have a picnic and let the kids play on the playground at one of our local parks.