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Hands-on Fountain Pens Class Nov 5

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Hands-on Fountain Pens Online Class
Friday, Nov 5, 2-4pm MDT
Instructor: Janet Salmons
Limit: 15 students. Includes class kit + shipping
To receive your class kit in time for class, please register by Oct 28.

Writing with a fountain pen is a timeless and unique experience. Author and artist Janet Salmons invites you to get a taste of it in this hands-on workshop, which covers the basics of how to select, care for, and use a fountain pen for writing or drawing. She’s been using fountain pens forever and has written with and tested all types. Janet speaks from extensive experience as she demonstrates how the choice of pen, nib, ink, and paper affects writing with a fountain pen. To give you a truly hands-on experience, we’ll send you a Metropolitan Pilot fountain pen as well as a paper sampler pack. We’ll also email you Janet’s handout on how to care for and troubleshoot fountain pens. Janet steps you through setting up your starter pen during class, then shows you some different styles of writing to try as you test it out.

A keyboard is fine for quick notes or for left brain, work-a-day writing, but the pen seems to help release right brain activity – just what’s needed when recording thoughts, reflections, or insights. The fountain pen is for more than just writing, though. It’s also a drawing tool and can be used together with watercolors or other media. Join Janet to learn what an enriching experience putting nib to paper can be! (To learn more about how fountain pens seem to enhance brain processing, check out Janet’s article Academic Writing with Pen in Hand

This online class will be recorded and made available to class participants for 10 days after the class.

Class Materials

Please bring the following materials:

  • A small jar or cup of water to practice filling and cleaning
  • Paper towels or wipes
  • Optional: a notebook for taking notes

Class Kit Includes:

  • Metropolitan fountain pen from Pilot Pen company- includes 2 ink cartridges & converter with medium nib.
  • 10ml bottle of fountain pen ink 
  • Paper sampler packet
  • Handout: A step-by-step guide illustrating how to select pen and ink, plus how to care for and troubleshoot fountain pens. The guide also shows how to get started writing and how to draw with a fountain pen.
  • Suggested resources
We ship class kits approximately 3 weeks before the class via USPS Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number once your kit ships. Kits can only be shipped within the USA. If you’re outside the USA and would like to take the class, please contact us for information.

Zoom Info

Be sure to look for an email with class details sent out the Monday before the class. The email includes a Zoom link to login, the class agenda, a materials list, and information on any pre-class prep. You’ll also receive a reminder email the day before the class. If you don’t see the class email from us check your spam folder. No email? Double check the email address you entered when you registered. It's on your order confirmation. If there's still an issue, contact

Class Refund/Cancellation Policy

For cancellation made 3 weeks before class we can either issue a refund or apply the funds to another class. We deduct the price of the class kit plus shipping if we’ve already shipped the kit, and we retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled. If you cancel fewer than 3 weeks before the class there is no refund or credit. If Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, we’ll contact you by email and refund the FULL class fee.

Instructor Bio

Janet Salmons has extensive professional and volunteer experience in the arts. She spent a decade directing a cultural education and outreach program at the Cornell University Center for Performing Arts, and also worked with the National Endowment for the Arts as a site reporter across the US. She served on the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company board, the Boulder Arts Commission, including a year as chair. She’s excited to mesh her teaching expertise with her passion for engaging people creatively by teaching at Two Hands Paperie. See what Janet is up to on her website: