Thoughts on Writing

For the Modern Penman

A Calligraphy Demonstration

December 1st, 2016 by D. T. Grimes

Last night, I had the unique opportunity to demonstrate my love of Engrosser’s Script alongside two of my incredible students, Mr. Brandon Bartell, and Mrs. Kimi Tang at a Portland calligraphy and design event hosted by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

While my hands are still recuperating from four hours of non-stop as-fast-as-you-can writing, I hope to explain exactly why I think things like this are important for your writing progress, how you can seek them out, and ultimately how to organize them.

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Splitting Tines with Joan Quirós

October 25th, 2016 by D. T. Grimes

Mr. Joan Quirós is a graphic designer who specializes in custom lettering and calligraphy, and currently lives and works in Valencia, Spain. Over the last three years, I’ve kept a vigilant eye on Joan’s work as he grew into the formidable calligrapher that he is today. Luckily, he agreed to speak with me about his journey so that I may share it with you. You can find Joan and his work on his site, at, or on Instagram at

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Building A Writing Program

October 21st, 2016 by D. T. Grimes

If we’re going to talk about ritualizing practice, we really should cover what practice looks like. Raise your hand if you’re guilty of sitting down with a pen and burning through page after page of frustratingly poor script only to feel overwhelmed at the end of the a writing session. The truth is, while that kind of thing is sorta necessary at the beginning, it’s also something that you can move past early on. Putting mileage on your pen is certainly one way to improve, but is it the best way? I don’t think so.

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Health and The Writing Environment

August 14th, 2016 by D. T. Grimes

One of my projects this year is learning to be more efficient in my study of Engrosser’s Script. To some, it may seem that the only way to improve your script is to sit down at the table and make marks on a page. And while I agree to some extent, there are deeper aspects to pursuing penwork, like becoming sensitive to what your body has to say about your writing on any day of the week.

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