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Hello. I'm an occasional reader on FPN who has a strong interest in handwriting and fountain pens. I am going to teach a class in February 2020 at my high school in NYC that looks at different aspects of writing. I'm hoping that my students can practice using fountain pens. Over the years I have brought in a number of my pens for them to try, and I just purchased 15 Hero 565s for them to try out. Since there's been a bit of interest, I thought I'd see if there are resources that anyone is familiar with to share with my students.


Things I'm interested in doing over the course of the project:

  • Introduce and practice writing with a variety of fountain pens
  • Photograph hand-painted signage around the city, building a catalog of interesting display type samples
  • Photograph interesting fonts in international food markets, then use the images for inspiration
  • Visit sign-painters in business and conduct interviews with them
  • Introduce and practice writing Hiragana, possibly Iroha poem (a Japanese pangram)
  • Watching Helvetica documentary (if it doesn't put them to sleep)
  • View Islamic writing @ the Metropolitan Museum of Art


My school is located in Manhattan. We'll be traveling to the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens over the course of the class.

While there are art supply stores around the city, there aren't many stores that specialize in fountain pens and fine writing. A ways back, I remember seeing on Instagram a store that was interested in sharing fountain pen resources with educators, but I didn't bookmark it or contact them. Now, at the suggestion of a few of my students, I'm going to lead a course but I don't remember their contact info. If there are any ideas or resources that people would like to share, I'd appreciate it. Maybe this thread can be the beginning of a set of resources helpful to those interested better handwriting.


The link to my school is https://www.urbanacademy.org/ in case anyone is interested in learning more about what we do.



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You might try contacting the Pen Collectors of America and inquire about the Pens For Kids program.

San Francisco International Pen Show - The next great pen show is on schedule for August 27-28-29, 2021. If we all do what we need to do...you can Book your travel and tables and make SF 2021 the Return. 

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