Engrosser’s Script is a twentieth century American adaptation of a beautiful family of calligraphic scripts known as Roundhand. This American style has some aesthetic qualities that make it incredibly beautiful, methodical, and easy to learn.

Engrosser’s Script serves as a wonderful introduction into the discipline of pointed pen calligraphy and is particularly well-suited for anyone interested in producing traditional engrossing work in the American styles. The Dreaming in Script — Engrosser’s Script pathway is designed for everyone from absolute beginners to those who have been practicing calligraphy for years.

David Grimes' Engrosser's Script Exemplar 2020

Engrosser’s Script Exemplar, David Grimes, 2020

Over the last six years, I’ve developed my own Method of producing this historic script. The Grimes Method of Engrosser’s Script has been taught to students across the world and has received endorsements from industry authorities and past students alike.

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“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. 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.”

Edmund de Lacy, Engrosser’s Script Class of 2021

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Program Details

Engrosser's Script Pathway 2021

What’s Covered?

Registrants in the Engrosser’s Script 2022 pathway will receive:

  1. Instruction in the Principal Shades of Grimes Method Engrosser’s Script.
  2. Directions for the formation of all letterforms and figures.
  3. Details surrounding the theory and formation of methodical and skillfully formed words and sentences.
  4. Resources for developing good study habits and project management skills.
  5. Experience participating in public constructive critiques.

These topics are divided across sixteen distinct sections of content delivered over the course of about four months.


Registration closed on April 15th, 2022 at 9:00am PST.

The first section of Intro to Calligraphy (CA100) becomes available on April 1st, 2022 and each subsequent section of the Engrosser’s Script Pathway is released at one-week intervals for the duration of the course (about 16 weeks). All lessons are pre-recorded so you can complete them at a time that works for you throughout the week.

The release schedules based on an April 1st enrollment for the three courses in the Pathway are as follows:

  • April 1st, 2022 – The first section of Intro to Calligraphy becomes available
  • April 15th, 2022 – The entirety of Intro to Pointed Pen becomes available
  • April 29th, 2022 – The first section of Engrosser’s Script I becomes available

What’s Included?

By enrolling in this Pathway, you receive bundled access to all three classes required to complete it. If you have previously completed our Intro To Calligraphy class while participating in another one of our programs, you are not required to take it again. (Some lessons will be updated, though!)

With your registration, you retain access to your login, all lessons in all three classes in the Engrosser’s Script Pathway, and the Community Forum for your specific class for three years from the date of purchase.

Although feedback is not guaranteed on every post in the Community Forum, a combination of the efforts of the DIS Team and the participation of every student allows us to build a world-class community around peer critique. The DIS Team is only involved in offering critique during the first year of your enrollment. After that, we’re focused on next year’s class and will be less responsive.

To get the most out of this course, participate along with the release schedule of each section. That way, you are completing lessons at the same time as your classmates. Although you have access for three years, most of your classmates will complete it in the first year. Years two and three tend to be more for self-study and skill-maintenance.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for Dreaming in Script — Engrosser’s Script 2022 is $600.00 USD.

The only additional fees/costs are purchasing the required materials and an optional Graduation Fee for printing and shipping your Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the first year of the course. This optional fee is typically about $28.00 USD for US students. Additional shipping costs are associated with the more advanced Certificate of Merit and certificates shipped outside of the United States.

Note: Students are only eligible for Certificates during the first year of their enrollment. Years two and three are for self-study and review. If you desire to receive a Certificate, you must complete the entire Engrosser’s Script Pathway during the first year.

Required Materials:

  1. A pencil and eraser.
  2. A straight edge or ruler with a beveled edge.
  3. Some paper that you can print guidelines on and access to printing.
  4. Some kind of ink (Walnut crystals, Moon Palace Sumi, etc.)
  5. A dozen pointed pens of your choice. (Hunt 101 or Leonardt Principal EF.)
  6. One oblique holder with a metal flange. (Yoke Pen Co. makes a “Deuce”)
  7. A computer with access to the internet. (or a phone or tablet)
  8. A clean space to write.

Find many of these items on Paper & Ink Arts.

Engrosser's Script Certificates — Dreaming in Script

Earn your Certificate by completing the course alongside your classmates.

What’s expected of students?

As our School of Penmanship has grown, we’ve shifted our priorities from obtaining the maximum number of registrations to finding the highest quality students. We want to help you become an amazing calligrapher. Regardless of where you are in your own journey, we want students who want to be great.

Enrollment in the Engrosser’s Script 2022 program will be limited to a specific number of seats so that David and the DIS Team can adequately interact with as many of the registrants as possible. As a Dreamer, you’ll be expected to meet deadlines, complete quizzes, and participate in a members-only Community Forum to advance through the course. Turning in homework is required to unlock more advanced sections of the curriculum, so be ready to commit to learning alongside your peers before you register.

Peer critique is a core part of every DIS program, but don’t let the thought of having your work “criticized” scare you off! We even cover how and when to offer critique in a respectful and constructive manner. We believe that open, professional discussion is the “secret ingredient” to making exceptional progress in your calligraphic endeavors.

Lastly, you will be responsible for the technical side of accessing the course through your chosen device. The course is accessible through smartphone or tablet, but those types of devices occasionally have issues with the super-high-resolution images that our software loads. We recommend using a desktop/laptop computer to interact with your course materials. You are the first line of defense in your own technical support. We will be paying close attention to issues on our end that break things for all users, but you are expected to understand how to research and solve problems with your own devices. If you’re the kind of person who regularly says “I don’t do technology“, make sure that you carefully consider that this is an online course delivered through digital assets. You will be interfacing with computer technology every time you interact with the course!

Engrosser’s Script 2022 registration closed

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