June 29-July 1, 2018!

The Gateway city's own pen & writing show



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

Admission (Adults over 12)


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

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. See the auctioneer or a member of the staff for an Auction catalog and to get your bidder number. Lot inspection times TBD. Please see the Auction Rules, Regulations, and Conditions for more information.

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!


Tom Baley - The History of Pelikan Pens

Deb Basel - Italic Calligraphy

Deb Basel - Pens for Kids

Sam Fiorella - Think Ink

Joel Hamilton - Fountain Pen Repair

Hong Nguyen - Cursive Handwriting

Nik Pang - Copperplate Calligraphy

Linda Shrewsbury - Cursive Logic

Michael Sull - Spencerian Calligraphy

Cheryl Tefft - Introduction to Calligraphy

The 2018 St. Louis Pen Show will be held at the Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel.

A premier destination for both business and leisure travelers, and a Certified Green hotel, The Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel offers both guest rooms and suites, indoor/outdoor pools, and wireless high speed Internet access for all rooms. 

There are plenty of dining options when staying at the Sheraton Westport Hotel, including many restaurants in the surrounding Plaza. Inside the hotel, you'll find the Terrace Restaurant, which offers family-friendly cuisine and a casual atmosphere, and the Orchids Lounge, which is the perfect place to grab a drink or light snack, located on our lobby floor. Comfortable and convenient in-room dining is also available.

Note: The special room rate is available through the July 4 holiday (June 28-July4), so if you plan to stay in St. Louis for a few extra days, the discount will apply!

Download the Plaza Map, which highlights the area's dining options.

Click here for driving directions.



(314) 878-1500


900 Westport Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63146

Pen Show Room Rate

$119 per night
(includes breakfast)
Reserve your room here!



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.

Vendor Registration

Registration for tables is now open! The 2018 Show is shaping up to be a pretty robust show, and we'd love for you to come be a part of it! We know about the rigors you face with packing, traveling, setting up, tearing down, and working through these shows, so we're putting in place many features to help make the process as simple and as safe as possible. We're also planning many fun events to keep the show active and allow everyone to catch up or get to know each other. Here are some things you can look forward to:

  • Hotel is located on Westport Plaza, with a wide range of restaurants and entertainment within walking distance
  • Free parking at the hotel and throughout Westport Plaza
  • 24-hour security, so you only have to set up once on Friday morning
  • Free airport transportation every 30 minutes (from 6:30 am to 11:00 pm)
  • Hospitality Room for vendors
  • Free buffet lunch for vendors on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Table Sitters (so you can take a break once in a while)
  • Dessert party on Friday night
  • Pen Shows After Dark event on Saturday night
  • In-room safes and lock boxes at the front desk

If you would like to reserve tables for the 2018 show, please fill out and return the Registration Form.