Have Pens Will Dazzle presents:


With Kathy Milici

About the Modern Storybook Script Workshop

with Kathy Milici

This playful alphabet has FUN written all over it! Kathy’s charming, casual, easy script gives a fresh, modern twist to the traditional alphabet.


In this 2-day online workshop, you'll learn...

...a series of simple strokes that form this whimsical yet elegant alphabet; first lowercase letters, then upper case capitals.

We’ll also examine letter endings, connectors, ligatures, numbers and punctuation.

Strokes into letters, letters to words, words to sentences…and voila! You have a brand new, useful and versatile alphabet style that you’ll make uniquely your own!

The artwork on this page shows Kathy's amazing compositions designed with Modern Storybook Script.

Class recordings will be available to view until March 18, 2024.

Student Experience

Beginners to Advanced Calligraphers are Welcome!

Never picked up a pointed pen before? We’ve got your back! We will provide introductory videos in the student portal for you to watch before class starts so that you will be all set to start writing.

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

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!
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What You'll Learn:

Lower case, upper case, and alternates

Connecting letters into words

Ligatures, bouncing letters and other fun techniques

Word spacing, structuring sentences

Create both spontaneity AND balance

Numerals & punctuation

Simple flourishing

Added Benefits

Improve your intuition and creative confidence

Train your eye to “see” letters differently

Create freedom within structure 

Find your own personal style & self-expression

Design letters that you can use again and again

Use visualization & negative space more effectively

Judge your work, not yourself

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What You'll Receive:

Profuse class handout package

Helpful hints to inspire your journey

Fun homework projects, including practice lists

Recommended reading list

Bonus templates to use and enjoy

Bonus project overview with tips

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 will consist of four 2-hour class sessions taught over two days:

Sessions 1 & 2: Thursday, January 11, 2024

Sessions 3 & 4: Thursday, January 18, 2024

Times: 10:30am-12:30pm US Eastern time & 2:00-4:00pm US Eastern time each class day

Level: ALL (Beginners Welcome!)


  • Students who register by December 15th will receive a VIP BONUS MINI-WORKSHOP on January 25. Kathy will teach a Modern Storybook Script design step-by-step to these lucky EARLY BIRDS.⁠
  • GIFT CERTIFICATES are available, so share this post with that special someone to let them know what's on your holiday gift list!

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

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 March 18, 2024.

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 @calligraphycrushmagazine.

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 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, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, 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 lemon bar cookies — not necessarily in that order.

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