Make It Your Lettering Year

Have you always wanted to reach your lettering goals but weren’t sure how to get there?

In this year-long course you will have an opportunity to learn the skills and techniques to build the confidence to “take the stage” with your lettering.

Upon registration, you will have immediate access access to every weekly prompt for the year. We will meet live on Zoom the 3rd Tuesday of each month for ~2-hour session where we will focus on how to apply the skills you learned in the prompts to projects, share what we are currently working on, and celebrate our creations.

By the end of the year you will have amassed a huge library of lettering tips and techniques. And the best have lifetime access to the course and all of the recordings! You can enjoy these anytime!

Whether you are a visual practitioner, lettering artist, or just a fan of letters, this class is for you!

I declared 2016 to be my lettering year. I traveled the country to study with master calligraphers, sign painters and graffiti artists and translated what I learned into techniques that have become a standard for many visual practitioners in our field. Now I want to share techniques that I have developed to keep your lettering inspired whether you use it for work or play.

Ultimately we will focus on how to:

  • form letters (legibility)
  • space letters (readability)
  • express with letters (creativity)
  • make meaning with letters (communicate)

You can join Make it a Lettering Year anytime, watch past recordings and join live sessions on the 3rd Tuesday each month at 10am MT.

New in 2023!
In 2023, Make It Your Lettering Year is on a new trajectory. We are focusing on our projects in new and exciting ways to build books, community, and portfolios. Books are a wonderful place for our letters to live. Community is a wonderful place to celebrate, connect, and share. And Portfolios are important...they build skills, confidence, and attract clients.

Building Books

Guest experts known for bookmaking will lead us through a book project from start to finish. Each session is recorded. 
January 17: Heather will kick us off with two simple Pocket Accordion books
April 18: Carol DuBosch will entice us with a Diamond Fold Meander book
July 18: Anita Bigelow will enlighten us with a Diagonal Pocket Folder
October 17: Helen Hiebert will guide us into weaving a book cover
Free for participants in this may invite a friend to join in on the fun for $25/per session.

Building Community
In February, May, August, and November, we hold a production session where participants can create either in plenary or in breakouts based on project or theme. Lightly structured, we each share:
• What we are working on.
• Where we would like support.
• What we would like to learn/do next.
Participants are also encouraged to pair up with a buddy for support, collaboration, or to keep one another accountable.
This is a private session for MYLY participants and guest speakers only.
This session is NOT recorded.

Building Portfolios
We celebrate our accomplishments and share what we’ve created in March, June, September, and December. Each member can be specific about the type of feedback they would like or we will follow the “I Like, I Wish, What If…” format.
This is a private session for MYLY participants and guest speakers only.
This session is NOT recorded.

All experience levels welcome, even adults lettering with their kiddos. To best prepare, it’s highly recommended that you complete the free course, Unlock Your Neuland Markers—which you will receive access to automatically upon registration.

I look forward to seeing what we create together!

Your friend in lettering,