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Literally Letters Calligraphy Festival – Free Information Session

Monday, March 22 from noon to 12:45 Mountain Daylight Time. This is a free information session with the four instructors that will lead the Literally Letters Festival at Ghost Ranch. Join Annie, Elizabeth, Julie and Carol as they share some of the highlights of their artform and the topics that will be covered in each workshop. 

Note: The information session will be recorded  and posted on this webpage on 3/23.

Registration For These Courses Coming Soon

The Painted Word G210611  with Annie Cicale
The Ghost Ranch experience is unique to each visitor, and this workshop is a chance for you to respond to that through word and image. The landscape will influence our paintings, whether you work abstractly or realistically; whether your focus is large or small.

Paste Papers That Sing G210612 with Elizabeth McKee
Many of us were first introduced to paste paper in primary school where it is known as finger painting. More recently calligraphers realized that paste makes an excellent surface on which to letter.

Monoline Alphabets and Creating Small Treasures G210614 with Carol Pallesen
Make your writing small, smaller or smallest as we work with various tools conducive to unique lettering: microns, crowquills, and sharpened edged pens.

Alphabets Inspired by Nature G210613 with Julie Wildman
This is a class for anyone interested in bringing a fresh and creative approach to making beautiful letters using natural, found objects as inspiration.

Rates – week of June 6-12 (6 nights)
Includes 6 nights single occupancy lodging, meal package (arrival dinner through departure breakfast), course tuition + basic Materials Fee.
Note: Paste Papers That Sing (McKee) and The Painted Word (Cicale) will have an additional $25.00 materials fee.


Private Bath – $1,565
Dorm/Communal Bath – $1,325 (limited # available)

Invite a friend or family member that you would be comfortable traveling and sharing a room with for a more economical stay.
+ Additional person(s) in the same room
Taking a course -$815 (includes meal package + tuition + basic Materials Fee)
Non Participant – $230 (includes meal package + conservation fee)

Commuter (lunches & dinners included + tuition + basic Materials Fee) $775
Rio Arriba County resident – $675

Camping Rates
Tent/Small RV without electricity with Meals – $995
Tent/Small RV without electricity without Meals – $790
Tent/Small RV with Electricity or Full Hook-Up with Meals – $1,055
Tent/Small RV with Electricity or Full Hook-Up without Meals – $850

+Additional person(s) in campground
Taking a course + meals – $815
Taking a course without meals – $615
Non Participant with meals – $225
Non Participant without meals – $25

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, basic course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

During this Covid-19 period, participants are asked to bring their own supplies (hand sanitizer, water bottle) to limit touchpoint and sharing.



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Virtual Events: Payments made for Virtual Events are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the event, recordings will be made available to you after the event. For events with multiple sessions, every attempt will be made to make the session(s) available to you before the next scheduled session.

In-Person Events: During this Covid-19 pandemic period, written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January term. If the cancellation is Covid-related and is received less than 45 days prior to your start date, your funds will be left on deposit for another ghost ranch workshop or future stay or you can make it a full donation to support us through this unique business period.

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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

Virtual workshops will have a varied schedule that is identified within each workshop description.

During Covid safety period - single occupancy lodging is the standard
  • During Covid-19 periods, all lodging types will be single occupancy at no additional charge. Of course, you can share a room with a spouse, partner, family or another person that shares your full-time residence. The extra folks that share a room will pay for workshop registration fees and meals.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?

Private refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

  • During Covid-19, all rooms will have a private bath. Semi-private and Communal/dorm types will be assigned a bathroom for each person.
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining rooms.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a proximate building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.
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  • Annie Cicale
    Annie Cicale

    The world of books has captivated Annie Cicale since she was a child. Fascinated by writing, her first Osmiroid fountain pen led her to the world of calligraphy. After a short stint as a chemical engineer, she returned to school, receiving a BFA in printmaking and an MFA in graphic design; she now calls herself an intuitive engineer. She has taught calligraphy workshops throughout North America, Japan, Spain and Australia, and has had a number of one person exhibits, including the installation of ‘The Face of Humanity” at galleries in Tennessee, Montana, Illinois and North Carolina. Her artist’sbooks are in public and private collections, including the Design Library at Yale University. She is the author of The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering, revised in 2018. She divides her time among teaching, graphic design work, painting and making artist’s books. When not in the studio, she can be found in a swimming pool teaching water aerobics, in her garden, or hiking, with treks in Peru and Nepal testing the patience of her knee surgeon.

  • Carol Pallesen
    Carol Pallesen

    I was born on a snowy Christmas night many years ago. As a child, I loved to write and make little books and cards for my dolls. At the University of Nevada, I studied math, then political science and geography, and finally, art! I also went to England where I was in the fine arts program at Croydon College of Art and Design. In 1981, I opened my studio, the Silent Hand Scriptorium in Reno, Nevada, and am celebrating my 38th year of calligraphy as my vocation and avocation. I do commissioned work, and teach lettering and related book arts and card classes around the world. Teaching and sharing what I love are very important to me.

  • Elizabeth McKee
    Elizabeth McKee

    Elizabeth McKee is a calligrapher and book artist. Her nomad’s life has carried her from New Guinea to Australia, Iowa, Japan, Zambia, Canada, Malaysia, Florida, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Maryland, Russia and Albuquerque. Not exactly in that order. In August 2015 she moved to Albuquerque, NM where she is putting down roots. She discovered calligraphy in Japan in 1970. Was happy to rediscover it in English in 1980. In 1983 she took her first bookbinding class at the international calligraphy convention in Chicago. In 1984 she helped establish the Calligraphy Society of Ottawa and was made an honorary life member in 1990. She has studied paste paper with Nancy Culmone and Madeleine Durham. Running a marbling studio in Nairobi, Kenya for four years gave her an intensive color theory education. Her books are included in the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, Harvard’s Houghton Library, Queen’s University’s Douglas Library, Kingston, Ontario, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bowdoin College’s Hawthorne-Longfellow Library as well as private collections around the world.

    Although paste papers were originally developed to be used as decorative endpapers in books, McKee‘s paste papers are multi-layered creations meant to enhance backgrounds for calligraphy.

  • Julie Wildman
    Julie Wildman

    Julie Wildman is a highly regarded professional in the fields of graphic design, commercial lettering, calligraphy and workshops. Her studio is in northwest Indiana, only 30 minutes from downtown Chicago.

    Her calligraphic interest began in the late ‘80s after a friend gave her Timothy Botts’ book “Doorposts,” and she saw the written word illustrated in such a way as never before. About ten years later, she had the privilege of taking a year-long class with an internationally known calligrapher and was hooked. She joined the Chicago Calligraphy Collective soon after and embarked on a lifelong journey of studying letters.

    Since then, her work has been exhibited in juried shows throughout the Midwest and the U.S., including the Newberry Library in Chicago.

    She loves line, shape, color, texture, paper, ink, and paint and often can’t believe she gets to play with them for a living! She enthusiastically shares her love of “beautiful writing” with young and old by teaching calligraphy for staff development classes, on-site promotional events, community programs and personal growth workshops throughout the Chicagoland area, U.S., and Canada. And now with Zoom classes, she has taught students from more than 15 countries around the world.

    For a complete curriculum vitae and to see more of her work, please visit her website at wildmandesigns.com


Mar 22 2021


Mountain Daylight Savings Time
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

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