Dreaming in Script Endorsements

Engrosser’s Script is a well-structured and comprehensive class taught by David Grimes, a talented penman, a gifted instructor, and a genuinely kind an pleasant person.

Any person serious about learning this script will do themselves a disservice by not taking this course. I cannot more emphatically recommend studying and learning with David.

Tony Esposito, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2024

I’ve enjoyed writing by hand for many years, but never seriously attempted anything I would call “calligraphy”. I afraid I couldn’t meet the perceived level of fidelity required.

I encountered David in passing, online, and he suggested that it wasn’t beyond me, and that I should give calligraphy a chance.

The DIS Engrosser’s Script course was just the ticket. It lays out all the components and theory in a way that’s straightforward, easy to grasp, and technical. It gives you history, and perspective. It gives you room to go from fumbling with a pen like a toddler, to completing whole projects that you’ll want to frame, if you just put in the time and effort.

But that’s just the class. I’ve been a late bloomer in appreciating the community, but don’t forget your classmates! Everyone has been supportive, and encouraging, and critique has been on-point and helpful. It wouldn’t be the same course without these folks.

Paul McEnaney, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2024

After working on my own for over a year with the Palmer Method technique using books and videos, I took eight weeks of private lessons in business pensmanship from David. We covered a lot of ground and his classes were just what I needed to move forward in this subject.

The letter forms he uses are very precise and taught in a way that allowed me to be autodidactic when practicing. David worked hard with well-prepared lessons and was very communicative inbetween lessons. He helped me by giving critical advice as well as positive encouragement. The gains I made far exceeded my expectations. As well as being a great teacher, I enjoyed getting to know him.

Mike Schoeningh, Private Lessons in Business Penmanship, 2024

I took the French Roundhand course in 2022-2023 and I have to say that I did accomplish what I wanted. David method is very thorough, starting with some lessons about the history of the tools of a calligrapher before writing a single letter.

The instruction on the structure of the letters themselves is very detail oriented. There is a lot of text explaining all the steps and also videos. In the videos, you can see how David writes the letters, the order in which the lines are made and also the speed.

Each new lesson is made available once every week to provide sufficient time for practice and homework. Homework is critiqued by David and other students; you will also have the opportunity to critique other people’s work.

Notice that the course is the result of David’s own study and that he is not simply parroting someone else’s work, though he certainly takes from the work of others.

The course is not cheap and there is a lot of work and dedication involved, but if you put in the effort and time, David will help you make the best of it. That is his role as a teacher and he takes that very seriously.

All in all, I feel satisfied with the depth of the course as well as with my own level of proficiency. My writing is by no means like that of a master, but I have been provided with a solid basis to become proficient and make further progress. I think that’s all I could really ask from course and instructor.

David, thank you…

Paul Sánchez, French Roundhand Class of 2023

This is the best choice that you ever will make!

I started my Calligraphy journey, like so many others, during our ‘lockdowns’ of Covid19. I tried many things, and I did get some really good guidance from people I have met along the way, and other short courses I did. My problem was, I wanted to run (doing flourishing, and all the ‘extra’s’), before I could walk. It took a while, but I gradually came to the realisation that having a good grounding of the script before doing anything else is so important.

That’s when Dreaming in Script came to my attention. This was EASILY the best thing I could have done to set me on the right path….for several reasons:

The community that David has built is extremely interactive, with both students and David regularly checking in, supporting, offering advice and encouragement. We were all encouraged to share our learnings, discuss/critique our own work as well as that of our classmates. Although the course itself can be self-paced, the option to keep up with the weekly modules was highly encouraged, in order to feel supported by others tackling the same content at the same time.

While there is no pressure at all to be at any particular level, I found that working alongside my classmates REALLY made me work hard and set my ‘bar’ as high as I possibly could….it was a standard set by myself, not anyone else. We are given ‘Essential Qualities’ to look for throughout our learning, which gave me the ability to assess my own work with ease, and greater understanding.

David is a passionate and thoughtful mentor/teacher. His love for the script, its history and his skills and knowledge he happily shares with us. It is hard not to get caught up in his enthusiasm, and in doing so, come away from the course with more than just the skills and knowledge he imparts.

I can’t recommend Dreaming in Script highly enough.

Samantha McMahon, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2023

I spent months trying to learn offhand flourishing and didn’t get very far. David’s provided a path and finally got me flourishing!! I learned so much from the course, the historic examples and the community group. Highly recommend if you want to see your offhand flourishing soar.

Joanna Kettle, Offhand Flourishing (Self Study Program)

Enrolling in Dreaming in Script was one of the best decisions of my life. I entered the program with very little knowledge of calligraphy (besides having messed around with a pointed pen a bit on my own), and I am graduating with an intimate knowledge of Engrosser’s Script as well as with tools I need to continue to critique my own work as I continue in this journey after this class is completed.

Although David’s class is the most comprehensive class on Engrosser’s Script available online today, it easily accessible to beginners. It starts with lessons on how to prepare, hold, and make your first stroke with a pointed pen. Then it rapidly advances to the fundamental components of Engrosser’s Script, where the playing field is leveled: both beginners and experienced penmen will have the same, simple components to strive for, which make Engrosser’s Script the beautiful, consistent script that it is. David provides many helpful ways of assessing and improving one’s own work from the getgo; regardless of skill level, you will find his systematic approach to critiquing your own strokes easy to understand and brilliantly taught. Experienced penmen will find the level of detail and the framework for self-analysis enormously helpful in identifying focus areas in their own script.

I feel truly empowered and equipped by the tools I’ve been handed by taking this course. Additionally, I feel that I have a number of new friends across the world who share my interest in this script, and whom I’ve been privileged to work alongside the past 12 months.

Writing in Engrosser’s Script is meticulous, slow, careful, structured, precise work; but the end results are unparalleled, beautiful, and timeless–well worth the time and discipline it takes to learn and execute. If you are undecided, know that you cannot do better than David’s Dreaming in Script. Prepare to challenge your potential and be completely inspired. Don’t hesitate–Dream! <3

Rebekah M. Anglea, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2023

The quality and excellence that you will find with Dreaming in Script is of the highest order. The coursework and instruction are presented in a way that is very approachable and easy to navigate. I was able to complete the coursework at my own pace along side a community of kind and supportive peers.

I felt very welcomed and safe in the company of the other DIS students and the instructor. David is a gifted teacher and you can immediately see his teaching comes from a place of passion for calligraphy. He always has something positive and encouraging to say about your work and is able to see and communicate exactly where you can make improvements for next time.

If you are willing to work hard and have a teachable spirit, you will be able to achieve things in this class that you scarcely thought were possible.

I highly recommend that you take the step and sign up for a Dreaming in Script class.

Micah Troyer, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2023

DIS is not for the faint-hearted! You WILL be armed with the tools and develop a vocabulary unique to the Grimes method that will enable you to learn to write this beautiful script. There is history to be solved, penmen to note and homework to keep you on your toes!

David’s course is extremely well thought-out, time-tested and designed to give you everything that you could ever hope for in learning this script. And, it is a wonderful experience to meet other students from around the world and share in each other’s work.

I feel so grateful for DIS because it didn’t just teach me the Engrosser’s script but to truly understand and accept that perfection isn’t the end goal in anything that we might choose to do. We all start out exactly where we’re suppose to but in time, through continuous practice, improvement and not giving up (but taking a break when needed), we arrive (temporarily) at a destination we can celebrate before continuing onto new frontiers. My heartfelt thanks to David for creating such an amazing course! 😀

Cat Chan, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2023

I have participated in 2 programmes from Dreaming in Script— French Roundhand and Engrosser’s Script. I can confidently say that the programmes are the most comprehensive you could hope to learn from!

The programmes cover not only how to learn the writing, but also the history of penmanship, and knowing the tools well. Having a strong foundation goes a long way in growing your calligraphy/penmanship, and also accords invaluable skills of being able to resolve issues on your own, even after the programmes are over.

The writing is deconstructed into a modular format, which makes learning and practising super easy. The instructions and guidelines for breaking down the letters into common elements are very precise, so it is very constructive to be able to assess where and what needs improvement.

My favourite part of the Dreaming in Script programmes is the access to the Community Forum. This is the best place to interact with other students, and receive and provide feedback on each others’ works. You could also interact with students of other programmes and years.

David is a very kind instructor, who gives sharp and insightful critiques. He is one of the most encouraging instructors I have come across. His knowledge on penmanship is, of course, exemplary, but he is even more inspiring to me for his nature and integrity.

The programmes of Dreaming in Script are one of the best investments to make in your calligraphy/penmanship journey! I could not endorse it more highly!

Sneha Lakhotia, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2023

Dreaming in Script is not a calligraphy crash course or a boot camp that you get from many one-off courses being offered by other practitioners lately. I honour David for his dedication and passion to develop a unique, high quality, and comprehensive course. He has designed the lessons to steer learners to success and benefit from engaging with other fellow learners.

If you want to seriously learn Engrosser’s Script, this is the Course that can provide you with a great foundation. David’s methodology and selfless knowledge sharing will drive you to discover so many breakthroughs in understanding the science, art and craft behind this traditional script.

Taking this course is the closest experience I had to how the penmen of yesteryear learned calligraphy.

Sandra Wedding, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2023

Dreaming In Script’s Engrosser’s Script course was unlike anything else in my calligraphy journey. You will, of course, leave the letterforms and write lots of beautiful words. But that is typical for any calligraphy workshop. DIS goes beyond that in two important ways.

First is the length of the course. DIS Engrosser’s Script 2022 was a 13 week course. Unlike most weekend workshops, the length of the course helps students develop long-term habits. You don’t only learn letterform. You also learn how professional calligraphers work on projects. These habits become a part of your calligraphic workflow.

Second is the Community Forum. You go through the course with other students and talk to them through the Community Forum. When I signed up for the course, I underestimated how much this forum would improve my writing. My classmates gave feedback and suggestions for improving my writing and I was happy to do the same for them. You have access to the Community Forum all the way through graduation so you continue to practice with everyone while you work on your Certificates.

David has done a great job building the Engrosser’s Script course. Dreaming In Script is not just a calligraphy class. It is a calligraphy school with a community of students and alumni cheering each other’s art. You will be proud to be a part of the community.

Gopi Vajravelu, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2023

The ultimate goal of the Dreaming In Script Engrosser’s Script course is to teach a particular type of calligraphic script. But it’s so much more than that: to prepare the way, instructor David Grimes establishes the foundation by going over the basics of pointed pen use, the historical basis of the script, and a useful mindset/perspective to approach the learning. And it’s not only the “this is how this script looks” that you get but also the theory of why it looks the way it does. The journey ends up being a deep dive into the Grimes Method of Engrosser’s Script, but David’s teaching style does so in manageable, easily digestible bites. I’ve found that the method of analyzing the script for the course also translates well to dissecting and appreciating others’ script styles; you end up developing a penman’s “eye.” David also does a wonderful job along with his alumni mentors to cultivate a vibrant and nurturing online community.

I tend to prefer in-person learning experiences, but I was blown away by how effective this online format was, a testament to how much thought and work David has put into ensuring the course is effective. I have no regrets about having taken the course, and I recommend it without reservation. If you’re thinking about taking the course, stop thinking and just do it.

Albert W. Cho, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2022

This course is a journey back in time, to the way the historic penmen might have been taught. It is a slow-paced course for a reason. Months of commitment and time. It can’t be rushed. Some will pick up the essential qualities quickly, while others will struggle. Hop on the struggle bus, that’s what I did:) And I’m glad I did! Hard work, dedication, patience, openness to learning, become involved in a community of like-minded learners and feel good about the quality of instruction and methodology. David’s instruction is thorough, complete and easily understood. His expertise comes from his endless research and passion. Be challenged!

Florence McGuire, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2022

The Dreaming in Script program is structured to gradually introduce the mastery of the script. David’s teaching method is easy to understand, intuitive and teaches us how to see the letterforms and give our best in that moment, how to grow and be proud of what we have achieved.

David is an excellent instructor, friend, and one of the most talented calligraphers nowadays! I am honored to be his student! I have completed two courses from the Dreaming in Script program – Engrosser’s Script and French Roundhand and I have invaluable knowledge and skills that I will continue to build on!

The community of dreamers provides an opportunity to create friendships, exchange ideas and it is a source of invaluable support from people who are involved in the same art. I will certainly be a part of Dreaming in Script in the future with the courses that David offers! Dreams come true! Forever a dreamer, Petya

Petya Savcheva, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2020

My dream came true with Dreaming in Script! It was a most challenging but satisfied one. I took a long time to finally complete my Engrosser’s Script. Discipline is definitely a must. But, I’m glad I did it. The course is not only focused on how to write ES but it gives a very depth knowledge about calligraphy and the script itself. The explanations are well presented and very easy to follows. To continue studying and practicing is definitely a challenge, but The Community really helps a lot. You can do it too! Don’t second guess if you want to take this course. Sign up for it! You won’t regret it.

Syuhada Jaafar, Inaugural Engrosser’s Script Class

Dreaming In Script sets itself apart from other online calligraphy courses by providing the highest quality videos tutorials as well a wealth of information and history regarding the script.

David starts each unit with a personal message that makes the course feel immersive even though it is online. Each letter is broken down so that you’re learning the fundamental form instead of carelessly throwing strokes, and David is always willing to answer any questions or provide feedback on letterforms.

The course also includes projects that help you move from practice pages to actual finished work in an incredibly supportive way. The projects build upon themselves so that when you tackle the certificate you feel equipped with the skills to tackle it. These projects really pushed me beyond my comfort zone and I have learned so much in the process.

I am incredibly grateful to David for the amount of support I have received during this course, and would recommend this course to anyone who wants to take their script to the next level!

Sunny Kim Abel, Inaugural Engrosser’s Script Class

This has been one of the most challenging and enjoyable experiences that I have undertaken. The course itself is well thought out and meticulously planned, with David expertly explaining and detailing the fundamentals of what makes Engrosser Script so beautiful in an easy to understand manner. Participation in Dreaming in Script can completed in many ways, but the most unique part of the curriculum and experience (for those who are inclined), is that it challenges the student to step out of their comfort zone and take the role of both student, peer and teacher, which is a brilliant move that opens up opportunity to develop as custodians of this script but as people too.

I can’t recommend this course highly enough. My understanding and execution of Engrosser script and calligraphy fundamentals has markedly improved and I can honestly say that I am a more confident person/writer today than I was yesterday thanks to Dreaming in Script.

Tran Quoc Giang, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2021

I always liked calligraphy and penmanship. I would go through books and online content to learn the art form. Then I came across David’s Instagram account. I found his posts and videos so appealing that as soon as he launched Dreaming in Script, I enrolled for it!!

DIS offers videos and written descriptions to all the lessons considering different learning styles. David’s commentaries are so insightful and his passion for penmanship is palpable! The objective of this course is not only to produce an elegant script, but also to foster curiosity and proclivity to research. David has deep respect for the heritage of Engrosser’s Script and the penmen who have come before us. He encourages looking into historical archives with a scientific temperament. It taught me how to analyze a script and its letterforms, and find its characteristics. The scope of the course is much broader than what I had expected! David is highly knowledgable, extremely patient and thoroughly supportive. He’s always reachable through an email and replies promptly with his distinctive kindness.

The best thing I learnt from him is— its okay to make mistakes! He’s one of the best and most dedicated teachers one can ask for!! The DIS community is a great resource where we come together helping each other, giving constructive criticism. It also helped me develop a perspective on how to appreciate my own work and find the areas for improvement. I can’t endorse this course enough to anyone, be it a beginner or someone who wants to take their script to refine their script. Don’t second guess… Just go for it!!!

Sona Ajmera, Inaugural Engrosser’s Script Class

David’s ES course is absolutely perfect for beginners and advanced calligraphers. It has comprehensive sharing on calligraphy history and recommendations on calligraphy tools and materials, and its structural, self-paced online lessons with demonstration videos and step-by-step course notes can help beginners like me a lot, even you are not the English native speaker, you can still learn a lot from David’s course! More important is, I have made lot of friends all over the world, the classmate and alumni community is definitely one of the best parts of the course! Thanks David and his team on all the teachings!

Kate Li, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2022

The Engrosser’s Script class taught me a beautiful hand, but it taught me so much more than that. It taught me how to have more control over the pointed nib. I used to wonder how people got those wonderful, clean transitions from shades to hairlines in letters such as ‘a’ and ‘o’. I now know this is called ‘interior angularity’ in David’s terminology. This course requires an investment of time and money, but I definitely feel it was worth it.

David gives you detailed explanations and video clips on how to do strokes, letters, and spacing to help you understand the mechanics. He is there to answer questions and provides a platform to get feedback from him, student mentors, and your classmates. This class has been valuable in learning this beautiful hand, but, maybe more importantly, it has taught me so much about the pointed pen and how to control it to get the results I want. This will help going forward with any pointed pen hand I want to learn and use. I highly recommend this course.

Leslie Keefauver, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2022

David’s French Roundhand (FRH) course is just brilliant! Broad nib calligraphy is good for those, like me, who haven’t had much experience with dip-pen calligraphy or have struggled with pointed-pen scripts, although it is also full of challenges. The FRH group had a diverse mix of beginners to more seasoned calligraphers, some of whom had already taken David’s Engrosser’s Script class, and we all came from different parts of the world.

David is an outstanding but humble teacher. His attention to detail is reflected both in the logical and comprehensive way in which the course is put together and in his teaching methods. He is able to break down every aspect of FRH, including its origins and history and leading up to the basic strokes that make up all the letters, and build these up in small, clear steps. The course is full of learning material and is excellent value, and the lessons cater for all learning styles with written material, printable sheets and videos where David’s soothing, dulcet tones lull you into a state of meditative focus as you learn and absorb all the information.

For the first time, I actually began to understand how calligraphy was put together. After spending years trying to start calligraphy, then floundering and giving up, I was able to get past this, inspired by David and my fellow ‘dreamers’, and complete each week’s exercises and slowly improve. I was surprised at how much my calligraphy did improve in such a short time.

The community of dreamers is another strength in David’s approach. Here, I found support, encouragement and a group of people willing to go the extra mile to help each other and provide constructive feedback, and I have made lifelong friends there.

The FRH course is challenging with an optional professional certification process at the end, although there is also leeway to take the course at your own pace. I would highly recommend David’s excellent FRH course (or any of his courses) to anyone who wants to learn or further their calligraphy skills in this beautiful script.

Susie Marques-Jones, French Roundhand Class of 2022

I am grateful to have been given the chance to learn from David. This course has not only broadened my perspective of Engrosser’s Script but also how to methodically approach learning a new script or anything in general. I can not recommend this course highly enough.

It is truly a trove of information. It takes you through an in-depth study and analysis of the script – from historical specimens to being able to critique the quality of (your own) script. The lessons are structured so that the skills you learned in the previous chapters are continually honed and sharpened all throughout the following chapters. The best part for me, however, are the descriptive pointers and audiovisual presentations. As a visual learner, I had a great deal of AHA! moments with those. It was really fun and exciting to be able to deeply understand the Why’s and How’s in Engrosser’s Script. Thank you so much David!

Karen Joy Salvador, Inaugural Engrosser’s Script Class

I longed for a simple and beautiful David ES and strongly wanted to be able to write beautiful scripts, so I wanted to take this course. However, I was confused about taking this course because I was busy with work, had little experience in calligraphy, and had poor English proficiency. However, I woke up at the start date and time of registration. Then my curiosity won and I pressed the application button. In conclusion, my choice was definitely a great one in my life. I learned a lot from DIS. He taught us observations, help each other, research spirit, and insights. Some people may not be good at online video lessons, but detailed video instructions and David Scripting can really tell you a lot. And the community is a great place to grow with calligraphy enthusiasts around the world. The excellent David lessons recognized around the world as es leaders are by no means easy, but take the courage to move forward. A wonderful calligraphy journey is waiting for you.

Atsuko Sugimura, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2021

I signed up for this course because after researching Engrosser’s Script, I realized there was no way I could learn a script as detailed and as beautiful as Engrosser’s script without a detailed course. I came into Engrosser’s Script as a calligraphy novice, never having touched pen, paper or ink. I had not done much of anything with art except dabble at painted furniture in the many years since my last art class!

This course started with the basics, reviewing the history of Engrosser’s Script and the Zanerian School and manuals, how pens were made, what inks existed and were appropriate for use with pens, how to use an oblique pen holder and took us through the postures, materials, and skills necessary to hold a pen and write. The course taught the foundational components of letters, Principal Shades and Connective Hairlines then taught minuscules and onto majuscules and figures.

We learned to connect letters and create words, how to connect words into projects. We learned lining and then went on to create a name plate, an invitation and finally a resolution. Not only did we create these items, we learned how a calligrapher has to plan a piece, pacing and layout, how to organize files and store work so we could find it in the future and we became a community of Engrosser’s!

We shared our vision for the future with the community before taking our final quiz. And we continue to this day with that community, sharing and critiquing and supporting colleagues who are developing new independent projects!

If you are trying to decide whether this course is a good investment, it is! You will learn, you will develop your skill and you will succeed because you are enrolling in more than a course, you are enrolling in a community of calligraphers who will support and help you grow at every step!

Michelle Robnett, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2022

Dreaming in Script has been a journey into learning the principles of historic American Penmanship while at the same time creating an inspired community of like-minded people. DIS isn’t for the faint of heart–the community is driven by a passion for striving towards the highest standards–but, the result is certainly worthwhile. The goal has been to achieve a solid understanding of the fundamental forms of Engrosser’s Script as a cornerstone to build upon.

After completing the course I feel like I’m just starting out on this journey and that I’ve now done the groundwork for further progress and improvement. My classmates have been my necessary critical eye and my support, and have encouraged the confidence for presenting my work.

Jennifer Hopkins, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2022

Thanks SO much once again for the excellent course. It is truly refreshing and inspiring to see someone who is so committed, enthusiastic, immersed, and well-versed in every aspect of the script as you!! It made me appreciate your courses and offerings even more. Keep up the good work and I hope to see you again soon!!

Mariska Audriani, Inaugural Engrosser’s Script Class

If you are drawn to the beautiful Copperplate script you see online, you may have attempted to learn through books, videos, or brief classes. Perhaps, like me, you never could quite “get it”. When I stumbled upon a promotion for “Dreaming in Script – Engrosser’s Script”, I knew I needed this class, and I was not wrong.

David Grimes has been called one of the finest living practitioners of ES, and his instruction bears that out. Educators have likened this class to a university level course of study. This is no casual workshop. Through the Grimes Method, you will take a deep dive into the history of this distinctly American script, techniques, and intrinsic beauty of ES in its purity and impeccable forms.

The class offers multiple pathways to accommodate various learning styles, including visual, auditory, written, kinesthetic and social. There are video demonstrations of David’s breathtaking technique, printable exemplar plates for each letter or form, written description of each lesson, assigned tasks for the student, and a Community Forum where students can share their work and offer and receive support while developing their own critical eye.

David’s soothing personality comes through to guide you as you tackle each new concept. Lessons are released sequentially to offer a paced experience, but students are free to proceed at their own pace within the broad framework. Each element reinforces all the others, making for an all-encompassing learning experience – so good, and just what I need! It’s a wonderfully organized and presented program that is effective on so many levels.

I cannot recommend this class more highly! It is firmly based in history but aimed at the contemporary student. If you want a class that offers a wealth of information, a truly fine instructor and mentor, assignments that are fun, challenging and rewarding, and a warm group experience – this is for you. Don’t delay! Sign up!

Antonine Federico Koval, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2022

Dreaming in Scripts French Roundhand is an excellent course which begins with a background history on calligraphy. Then he covers the basic tools of calligraphy; paper, pen and ink. I have taken various calligraphy courses in the past but learned many new aspects regarding these tools. The course then covers, in a very logical order, how to write FRH. He begins with the five principal strokes followed by minuscules and majuscles. You finish the course with a final project. Along the way, David offers critique of your work. He is always very supportive and encouraging. The community forum is also very supportive and useful. I would highly recommend this course. I am looking forward to taking his other course, the Engrossers script.

Kimberly Pugh, French Roundhand Class of 2022

I liked the demo videos on every aspect of the writing. The follow through was thorough—we had to post our attempts which made me try hard (but not worry that many others were better). Thee feedback was always helpful, both from course participants and helpers. David was encouraging and diligent, knowledgable and competent as well as honest. I am not yet a competent Engrosser, but I am going to be one day! A Great Course if you are serious about learning Engrosser’s Script.

Heather McGowan, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2022

Hi everyone, My name is Beatriz, I am the owner of a little business Beacalligraphy and I love calligraphy since I was a child, I am from Spain and I am living in Florida since 2016 and since then I started thinking that my calligraphy journey would be a dream come true, and David’s courses help me not only to learn new scripts but also and for me most important, he help to understand the basic, why the things works and how to understand every stroke I make, I finally understand calligraphy and I have improved my ES and my Round hand and my self confidence!! So grateful to David and to all the classmate I make in my way!!

Beatriz Vicente, French Roundhand Class of 2022

DIS turned out to be so much more than I expected. I signed up woefully ignorant of all the nuances of Engrosser’s Script. I thought I had a good handle on the basics, having taken a prior “Copperplate” class. I learned so much more than I ever expected, but DIS goes beyond that. 🙂

DIS is a place to not only learn, but to grow, to explore and to develop personally. Working alongside others who really wish to push themselves also, and finding out how much depth there can be to “a script.” There are so many little things to learn to see, to appreciate and to make you look at all other scripts with a critical eye. And critical not in a negative sense, but in an exploratory sense. A thirst for knowledge about all future scripts and calligraphic adventures is developed within this program.

Obviously writing is the main goal of a program like Dreaming in Script, but I would say the greatest gain is the community that is present and the friendships that develop. David fosters this amongst the students, and the true friendships that I developed in the Subreddit are one of the greatest treasures of this experience. I can not recommend it highly enough.

Pull up a chair, a pen and settle in. Learn an amazing script, grow your mind, and most of all, fill your heart. I have never seen a program like this, and while many may hesitate because it’s “online,” I will stand fully on my testimony that you will come away with so much more than you expect or hope for. The work is hard, the payoff incomparable.

Gretchen Caldwell, Inaugural Engrosser’s Script Class

Dreaming in Script has been the single best structured calligraphic learning experience I have ever had.

David’s Method will take someone who has never held a pen before and give them the instruction necessary to not only produce an elegant American script, but foster curiosity and research into what can be done with Engrosser’s Script, continue one’s lifelong journey refining letterforms and technique, and encouraging the use of the principles of the Grimes Method to help learn other scripts, by deconstructing and analizing their letterforms.

In short, David will change the way you look at and write calligraphy.

If you are looking for a writing discipline that is more than just copying what the teacher does over the course of a weekend, if countless hours of thoughtful practice sounds rewarding, if you are interested in joining a community of penmen that is built upon mutual respect and encouraging, thoughtful feedback, if the idea of making lifelong friends that share a bond of studying one of the most beautiful scripts in the world sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, then Dreaming in Script is where you want to be.

Steven Baughman, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2021

DIS is a wonderful and complete online Engrosser’s Script course, which I highly recommend.

When I signed up for this online course, I was very scared. First of all because my native language is Spanish. I live in Venezuela and I thought it would be hard to follow the classes and videos, and to my surprise it has been incredibly fantastic. The course is designed by lessons parting from the basics. DIS is for the newcomers like I was without any notion about Engrosser’s Script and it is also designed for those who are already more advanced but want to improve their scripts.

The teaching method is very complete and the personal dedication that David gives us in each lesson is great. He is always within reach of an email and whenever I had a doubt or question to ask him, I did not hesitate to write him an email, and I always got a prompt response with his distinctive kindness.

The truth is that this course has helped me a lot. I am a 58 year-old person, so learning something completely new and online, was a great experience.

Not only the course itself is wonderful, not only did I learn this beautiful art of calligraphy, but I also learned how to approach the online community of all the participants of the course. There I met people from all over the world, with different personalities, different time zones, different cultures, but moreover, as we are all learning ES we come together helping each other, giving our constructive criticism and always in the best way possible, with due respect and love. Thus, we came to form a beautiful community of DIS students.

In DIS I have learned, that by criticizing the work of others, I am sharpening my sight to know the script better and then be able to apply it in my work and practices. I learned the importance of knowing how to appreciate and determine the Essential Qualities of the strokes in order to determine when a stroke is successful.

I learned the history of how nibs began to be made and the history of the pioneers of Calligraphy in America such as Charles P. Zaner, Earl A. Lupfer and Willis A. Baird.

I also learned that by practicing, you progress. This statement is literally true! The more you practice the better your strokes will be: first the letters, then the words and finally a whole paragraph. What a joy to be able to see the difference from when I started to where I am now. I know that I still have to practice more, that this does not end when the course is over, that when the course ends, it is my real beginning as a calligrapher.

I will always be grateful to David, for this stunning online Engrosser’s Script Course.

If you are interested in learning Engrosser’s Script, this is the best place for it. David Grimes, has developed this online teaching method for you to do it from anywhere in the world, and I assure you that you will not regret it.

From the bottom of my heart… it is absolutely amazing!

Yoli Mayela Rincón R., Engrosser’s Script Class of 2021

Being an integral part of DIS community, I am feeling proud while writing this endorsement. Being a finance professional and having worked for 35 years in corporates, I left my old, big job May’ 2019. I knew that I had to build my career in calligraphy for the rest of my life. I joined this course to learn Engrosser’s Script.

This course is not a bunch of essays and contents only for teaching you about Engrosser’s Script but it is a journey also, and I lived it very enthusiastically in a very enjoyable and learning environment throughout the duration of this course. From historical exemplars of the past great penmen, the history of pointed pen, how to hold it, and even knowledge of how to make a flange of the pen at your own, to each and every nuance and the degree of fidelity of the strokes, is beautifully and appropriately covered in the course material through detailed essays and videos. David, through his videos, not only explain the contents but also inspire to put our best efforts to learn as much as possible.

The format of the course, the method of teaching, the course content, posting on sub-reddit, David’s guiding feedback and critiques of co-dreamers really helped a lot to learn and given in-depth knowledge of the script. The change is absolutely noticeable in my script.

“Dreaming in Script” teaches us the script as well as introduces us to the essence of the script, which I believe is very important to go through the journey of being a penman. We learnt, how to put our thoughts and feelings into our script even though it has its own rules to follow.

“Dreaming in Script” is the right place to bring out an aspirant “PENMAN” from inside of a hobby writer.

Ravi Bhatia, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2021

Dreaming in Script is the best choice I’ve made in my calligraphy journey! Before signing up I had been learning Copperplate, but I needed more structure and guidance to bring my calligraphy to a higher level. DIS definitely exceeded my expectations, it’s an amazing course that not only teaches you how to write Engrosser’s Script, but it also dives deep into history, basic knowlede and understanding of pointed pen script in general, and Engrosser’s Script in particular. The knowledge and skills I’ve obtained throughout this course have also proven to be a great asset when it comes to learning a different script, since I’ve learned how to analyze a script and its letterforms, and find the characteristics.

David is a teacher that any student can only dream of! He teaches in a thorough and passionate way, is dedicated to each and every “dreamer” (student) and motivates and encourages all the way. Even though this is an online course, David is always present to give personal guidance to every single student by responding to posts in the subreddit, answering questions, cheering up or making you think about a specific subject.

And in addition to all this, the subreddit community led by David is a unique place to meet fellow “dreamers”, talk about the struggles everyone’s facing, ask for help, share successes, encourage eachother, find encouragement and make friends for life!

Dorenda Bloemhard, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2021

As a self-taught dabbler, I tinkered with calligraphy for years but had never taken a class. Books and online resources offered conflicting information and I was frustrated by my lack of progress.

The quiet beauty of David’s Instagram videos and website and his thoughtful newsletters appealed to me. I felt like I could learn things from him that couldn’t be found in a book.

As a teacher David is the whole package. He has a respect for the heritage of Engrosser’s Script and the penmen who have come before us. He is encouraging, insightful and well-organized. The scope of the course is much broader than just learning to form letters through individual pen strokes. It’s also about setting personal goals, exhilaration through small achievements, learning to move on when you make a mistake and ultimately a communal love of script.

I came to Dreaming in Script lacking the foundation and focus I needed to help me to refine my basic skills. The course has prepared me to continue my studies on my own through research, questioning and critical observation. It was just what I needed when I thought I would never be more than mediocre hobbyist. I now feel confident in calling myself a budding penman.

Mary Misura, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2021

Whether you enroll in a calligraphy course to learn something new, to get better at a script you already know about, as a hobby, or to attain professional proficiency…whatever your motive may be…Dreaming in Script (DIS) is the course for you!

DIS is well structured and wonderfully conducted. Every tiny aspect of the Engrosser’s Script is explained and demonstrated in great detail, with the help of videos, demos and very exhaustive course material. Couple this with the inimitable David Grimes, a most knowledgeable, patient, involved and kindest instructor. He gently but firmly shepherds you towards the path of achieving competence and confidence.

The icing on the cake is that you get to become a part of a motivating and uplifting community of skilled penmen/women, with whom you can walk your calligraphic journey for life.

The DIS course has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life. And I will not hesitate to say that “if you do not turn out a decent script specimen at the end of this course, I will eat my hat!”

Vishakha Pande, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2021

I wanted to take this class as I love calligraphy! My experience prior to this , had been only with a broad edge pen and I was trying to teach myself pointed pen calligraphy. Since I was laid off from work due to Covid-19, it seemed to be a great time to undertake a course. I had to undo/ unlearn most of the self taught things! The only thing I kept was how to hold the pen, and then it the rest was a reset.

The way that the course has been structured, makes me realize I like theory more than I care to admit! I love the way that David has set up the course for us, his passion for the history of penmanship in America is moving. I feel I still have ways to go, but , I am not intimidated by the challenges. I have learnt to be more patient with myself and realize, we all have good and bad pen days and that’s ok! I want to learn more calligraphy, maybe more scripts, to see what’s out there, before I decide which one I want to be a specialist in (if at all).

I want to explore the idea of using calligraphy to support myself, along with art. So maybe starting a business that combines the things I love. When I am doing calligraphy or art, it never feels like work to me. It’s always so enjoyable, and I can be lost in it for hours.

This course would not have been as interesting without posting on Reddit or being part of a whatsapp group with a lot of my friends from class. I know they always have my back, even their honest critique is so kind , very thoughtful and always considerate. I have made friends from all over the world and I really don’t want this course to end.

The depth with which David teaches – I have not seen any other teacher do. If you want to do a deep dive into this script , this is in my humble opinion , the best course out there. David is kind , considerate and compassionate.

I leave you with this quote: “ Teachers have 3 loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.” – Scott Hayden

This is truly who David is. Don’t second guess if you want to take this course. Sign up for it ! You won’t regret it.

Ashna Chopra, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2021

I did not start the Dreaming in Script course as a novice. After 5 years of taking various courses in Engrosser’s Script and studying on my own I found that I was still really struggling. My script wasn’t improving – I had no idea why, and I was becoming discouraged to the point of deciding that I was always going to be less than mediocre even with my best efforts. Maybe it was time to just give up.

After seeing some of David’s work and finding out that he was teaching a course in Engrosser’s script I decided to sign up on the off chance it might help. I’m so glad I did. David’s course was a revelation. Because his methodology breaks down letter structure and form at a minute level it allows you to figure out where exactly you are having problems with your scripting technique. It also helps you build a repertoire of skills – each lesson reinforcing and expanding on the previous one – so that you are confident in your own skillset. My Engrosser’s script has improved so much in David’s course. Most importantly it’s given me the confidence to continue my calligraphy journey.

Jackie McClure, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2021

When I enrolled in Dreaming in Script to learn Engrosser’s Script, my only goal was to get good enough at calligraphy to address invitations for my daughter’s wedding. However, this course wound up being so much more fulfilling than I had every imagined. Not only have I learned the art of Engrosser’s Script through David’s lessons, but I have been able to leap hurdles under his instruction toward becoming a more confident and creative artist.

To say that David is inspiring and encouraging is not enough to give due credit. He is with you every step of the way, and no matter how frustrated you may possibly feel at times, you won’t want to quit with him as your teacher. While I may not be a professional penman, David’s support has enabled me to feel more comfortable continuing my pursuit of calligraphy beyond this program and my original goal of just addressing a few envelopes. You will never regret your time spent learning from David and becoming part of his Dreaming in Script community.

Christine Riccio, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2021

“What is Engrosser’s Script? It is Very Beautiful! I’d love to learn how to do this, but can I?”

I can and I did!! (…so can you.)

In February 2020, this was my rationale for enrolling into Dreaming in Script Engrosser’s Script Course. I was intrigued by the oblique pen and bottles of ink as well as the many beautiful historical scripts I couldn’t identify. I’m a retired math teacher with NO artist ability. (I even had my students draw the figures on the board for Geometry classes b/c my shapes were unidentifiable.) Anxiously I purchased the required supplies and challenged myself to learn this script. I had NO PREVIOUS calligraphy experience but was determined to be open and learn the Grimes Method. DIS was my first online/video class and I was very impressed with the curriculum. I have a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Education), and I can be very opinionated about teaching styles. However, DIS offers visual AND/OR analytical learners both videos AND written descriptions of all lessons. This helped so much because I could watch, read the descriptions (while making notes), and re-watch. After beginning this course, I have taken other calligraphy courses which only offer video/demonstration. Frequently, the teacher wants the students to “do it like I do” without any reasons or explanations “why” it should be written that way. David shares the historical references to the Grimes Method.

This course covers the basics of the pointed pen and detailed letter formation so each Dreamer has the same background and vocabulary. This makes detailed suggestions, critiques, and conversations possible between teacher-student and student-student. We all communicate with the same “lingo”. The program ‘drips’ so that the sections are not rushed or overlooked by anyone, allowing adequate time to process and share before continuing to the next topic. My abilities improved and progressed at an encouraging pace because my accomplishments were being recognized (no matter how small) while 1-3 issues to improve were identified. It was not overwhelming negative feedback-listing everything that is wrong with my submission but noticing the good in the work with future items/skills to practice.

During this course I completed my very first calligraphy project! Because this learning environment is a safe space, I gained the courage to share my practice and finished work with peers. I even offered suggestions and encouragement to other Dreamers which improved my ability to critique my own script. This journey has given me the foundation and courage to try other calligraphy challenges. The extra bonus from my DIS journey is the great group of calligraphy friendships that will continue after this course is completed.

I’m very thankful that I did this course. It is so important for every beginner (like me) to receive thorough historically correct training so the calligraphic journey gets started “on the right foot.” Your earnest effort will reap great rewards. I get emotional when I think about my journey with DIS. It has changed and enriched my life (even during a pandemic). David Grimes is passionate about Engrosser’s Script and his excitement is contagious to all. I have gotten MORE than my MONEY’S WORTH!!

Just remember…

  • Sumi Ink $14
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Sandra Pender, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2021

Dreaming in Script has been the most amazing learning experience for me. Not only does it help you learn the Engrosser’s Script but it also helps you grow personally.

This course is structured so beautifully that along with learning the script, you also learn the basics of calligraphy and pointed pen.

This course takes you from the history of ES to every small detail related to pointed pen that you need to know to be a better penwoman/penman.

There are lot of fun projects throughout the course to help incorporate and strengthen the skills learned.

David guides his Dreamers to cultivate the curiosity and critical eye which helps them break down the script structure, understand and analyze the forms and recognize the areas for improvement. And that skill is not limited to Engrosser’s Script, it can be applied to any script.

David is the most patient, dedicated, supporting and knowledgable teacher. His dedication and passion to see you excel and succeed is beyond what you would expect. He was always there to provide feedback and nudge you in the right direction.

DIS also gave me a wonderful community where I formed so many great friendships. It encourages helping each other, providing feedback and supporting each other in this learning journey.

I am very happy to have had such an unforgetable learning and growing experience and be part of this wonderful community.💜

Radhika Nawani, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2021

Joining DIS is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. David’s attention to detail and his dedication to American Penmanship inspire me to follow a similar path. I’ve been learning Copperplate script on my own for several years but I want to elevate my script so that I can pursue calligraphy professionally.

Joining his course means going back to the very basics but I really cherish every single step. I was able to go back to the beginning and build a stronger foundation, brick by brick. At the same time, with the help of fellow dreamers, I could develop a more critical eye to see where improvements are needed.

Having a positive and upbuilding community is also key to improving our skills and DIS provides me just that. It’s not uncommon to feel discouraged along the way but David and my fellow dreamers are always ready to help, to support, and cheer me on!

Keshia Anjelica, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2021

Dreaming in Script is more than just a course! It’s an experience that will help you develop friendship, support, confidence in your abilities and skills as a penman, understanding and appreciation for the art, and grow as an individual!

If you have little to absolutely no experience in pointed pen calligraphy, and are looking for guidance on how to get started, this is the place to start! David has gone above and beyond with his teaching! His method will have you analyze and study letterforms in ways that will help you have a better understanding of how letters are constructed. Not only will you drastically improve your writing, you will have David and a community of other fellow calligraphers supporting you and helping you along the way.

David has a unique, special talent and skill not only in writing, but in teaching as well. He has become not just my instructor or mentor, but a friend as well. The love for the art of calligraphy has only grown more and more since being a part of DIS. I highly recommend being a part of this growing community!

Erica Vera-Prohaska, Inaugural Engrosser’s Script Class

This course is a truly unique experience and provides much more than a basic technical understanding of Engrosser’s Script. I began DIS with virtually no knowledge of this script, and with the exception of a two day workshop, it had been decades since I had attempted any calligraphy what so ever. When I was searching for a place to learn, DIS appeared that it would provide the ongoing structure I was seeking as well as good content. I found out this was a tremendous under estimation of what this course would provide.

Supported by a quality website, superb video, imaging and a library of resources, this course provides a unique glimpse into the past. With the DIS curriculum you get to explore Engrosser’s Script history, but not just as a reader of historical documentation, but as someone that actually gets to appreciate this script from the unique vantage point of penmen from decades ago. It’s not only fascinating to understand this perspective, but it also goes to the depth of research and thought that was placed in developing this course.

DIS not only provided a solid structure where each lesson builds upon the previous, it also contained a tremendous discussion area where I found sharing of thoughts was welcomed with fellow DIS participants and David. Critique, feedback, ideas and emotions were shared and this community was supportive and eager to help each other improve.

Without question I believe I received information and instruction from someone that has painstakingly devoted the time to understand the history and composition of individual shades and how they connect with each other to form this amazing script. I also found as I worked through this course a perspective on how to appreciate your work and how it will be received by others. This understanding might be as important as the technical skill of transferring ink to paper and one of the best unexpected takeaways from DIS.

From the quality of the website, the ongoing support, the videos and images, and finally the Certificates, I think that David is clearly advancing in a unique market and provides a truly quality experience.

Edmund de Lacy, Inaugural Engrosser’s Script Class