Modern Storybook Script 2: The Layout Class

with Kathy Milici

This is where your modern letters get even better!

Level: Intermediate
*Prerequisite: Modern Storybook Script AND/OR experience writing in pointed pen styles


In this 4-session online workshop:

We will explore the continuation of Modern Storybook Script, including tricky ligature combinations, challenging words, structuring sentences, and creating visually balanced compositions through a series of fun and unique exercises.

Participants will gain a more in-depth knowledge of the composition process and creating visual structure and balance, from exploring pencil draft formatting stages to creating completed designs in the Modern Storybook Script style. We’ll also discuss how to create and maintain integrity in the meaning of the words that we write, and best reflect that as artists.

Class recordings will be available to view for 30 days after the last day of class.

Student Experience

Intermediate to Advanced Pointed Pen Calligraphers are Welcome!

*NOTE: This is not a beginner class. A working knowledge of Modern Storybook Script (or any pointed pen modern script) is necessary to fully benefit from this workshop.

Kathy’s teaching style has been described as thoughtful, intelligent, detailed, entertaining, and joyful! She truly believes in the healing power of creating art.

"I thought the Modern Storybook Script class was wonderful and learned so much on how to translate my copperplate teaching into something fun that felt like it suited me better. Maureen was so good about keeping us informed. I never felt lost or confused. You two make a great team!" ~ Christine Scholz

Kathy creates a safe environment where participants can express themselves without judgment. She encourages, inspires, uplifts, and supports your learning experience. It’s never too late to learn!
Modern Storybook Script 2

Step-by-Step Learning:

Challenging practice words and ligatures

Text writing through affirmations and a short quote of your choice

Envelope addressing tips

Simple flourished elements

Kathy will also demonstrate how to write on a curve.

Added Benefits

Improve your intuition and creative confidence

Create freedom within structure 

Find your own personal style & self-expression

Use visualization & negative space more effectively

Judge your work, not yourself

Modern Storybook Script 2 with Kathy Milici

What You'll Receive:

Profuse class handout package

Helpful hints to inspire your journey

Fun homework projects

Insights & outlooks from the “Mind of Milici”


What Kathy's Students are Saying:

"Inspiration, Gratitude, and Kindness. These are all words I’ve written out a number of times in Kathy’s classes. And these are truly the words that best describe Kathy! Kathy’s classes are always packed with information and love. She always takes the time to make sure her students gain the knowledge they need to help them improve their skill! I can’t thank Kathy enough for being a wonderful teacher!"

~ Jessica Nucifora, Philadelphia, PA, USA

"Kathy Milici has been a true inspiration to me with her can-do attitude and teaching style. She is an instructor who wants you to "get it" and gives practical suggestions so you too can have stellar results. Remembering there is no substitute for practice, you will leave the class understanding what it will take to get the end results you desire. Kathy's creativity knows no bounds!"

~ Edie Richardson, Wolverine Lake, MI, USA

Class Schedule

Modern Storybook Script 2 will consist of four 2-hour classes with 30 minutes of Q&A after each class session.

4 Sessions: September 27, October 1, 4, 8

Time: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm US Eastern time

Level: Intermediate

Cost: $195 USD

Modern Storybook Script 2 class with kathy milici

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Supplies: After you register, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to your Have Pens Will Dazzle® student portal. You can download the Supplies List from the Welcome Module in the student portal.

Accessing the Zoom Classes: Fifteen minutes before class time, login to the student portal. Links to each Zoom class will be provided inside the student portal.

Class Recordings: We will post links to the class recordings and teacher demo sheets in the student portal the day after class. The recordings will be available until November 7, 2022.

Refund Policy: All sales are final. Fees paid for this online workshop are non-refundable and non-transferable to future workshops.


About Your Instructor, Kathy Milici


Kathy is an internationally known calligrapher, designer, teacher, speaker, author and mentor, who happily admits to being obsessed with letters since childhood. With a studio located in northern New Jersey, her work has been featured in books, design blogs, national magazines and on television. Kathy's clients include private individuals, collectors and corporations, worldwide.

Kathy Milici has been an instructor for the Society of Scribes in New York City, a popular instructor at national and international calligraphy conferences, including IAMPETH, Letters California Style, and for the Sacred Arts Program at Enders Island in Mystic, CT. She teaches both small group classes and privately in NJ, and travels the country, promoting, lecturing and teaching calligraphy and the related arts.

The originator of the #1 best-selling font Gratitude Script, a modern typeface, Kathy also enjoys mentoring fellow artists and students on how to create a living and maintain a viable business as a working artist.

With a reputation for consistent excellence, a joyful heart, and a fun, encouraging teaching style, Kathy is honored to be a professional calligrapher and teacher for over 40 years. She feels privileged to have studied under some of the best known and well-respected Master Penmen of the world, including White House calligraphers. Her teachers have included Sheila and Julian Waters, Valerie Weilmunster, and IAMPETH Master Penmen Pat Blair, Michael Sull, John DeCollibus, Harvest Crittenden, Jake Weidmann, and Rosemary Buczek.

After all these years, Kathy is still enjoying her lifelong passion for “everything calligraphy.”

About Your Tech Host, Maureen Vickery

Maureen Vickery

Maureen Vickery is a professional calligrapher and engraver with PenDance Studio in Houston, Texas. She also is the publisher and editor of Calligraphy Crush Magazine.

Her specialties include wedding calligraphy and hand engraving on glass and metal gift items. She loves working in both historic and modern calligraphy styles. Her main focus is pointed pen lettering, but she also enjoys creating compositions with broad edge pens, markers, and paint brushes.

Maureen's work has appeared in Dasherie, UPPERCASE, Expression, Letter Arts Review, Modern Luxury Weddings Houston, and Weddings in Houston magazines, as well as Kitty Burns Florey's book Script & Scribble. She is a member of the Houston Calligraphy Guild, the Society of Scribes, and IAMPETH.

You can find her wedding calligraphy on Instagram at @pendancestudio. Brand activations and calligraphy clients include Creed, Coty, Tiffany & Co., The Menil Collection, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Estee Lauder, Jo Malone, Guerlain, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s.

Calligraphy and art classes are her favorite way to re-energize. Other interests include Keto recipes, gardening, Zentangle® (she’s a CZT), urban sketching, genealogy (she’s a descendant of 11 Mayflower passengers), watercolor illustrations, doubles tennis, and desserts made with coconut — not necessarily in that order.

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