Scriptus 2017 – Save the Date!


With the roaring success of Scriptus over the past three years, we are happy to announce Scriptus 2017, our biggest, best show yet! This year’s show will be held on October 29, 2017, again at the Toronto Reference Library. Admission, keeping pace with the foolishness of the organizers, will again be free: Scriptus is for the joy of writing, not for the sake of profit.

We expect our usual crowd of exhibitors, representing all manner of writing equipment and interests. We are expanding to encompass the entire Appel Salon facility, which will result in a substantial increase in both the number of tables and the amount of space for visitors.

Pre-registration (for previous exhibitors) will open on June 1, 2017, and general registration will open on June 15, 2017. We will update pertinent information on the website in advance of those dates.

We look forward to seeing everyone again in October, at what has become one of the largest, and the most enthusiastic, pen & writing shows in the world!

Instagram Contest Winner

We are happy to announce a winner in the “People at Scriptus 2016” Instagram contest. While there were a number of excellent photos posted to #ScriptusToronto, one in particular struck us as summarising the entire Scriptus experience.

Photo by Farah Khattak.

Photo by Farah Khattak.

Farah Khattak spent the day supporting her husband, Salman’s table. Apparently she took loads of photos of people, most of whom were looking down at tables of writing fun; this makes for good times, but not great photos. Finally, she caught two of Toronto’s most zealous pen-lovers in the middle of the crowd—in the middle of a perfect show-and-tell moment—with Salman in the foreground. This scene is what Scriptus is all about: all sorts of people enjoying pens and writing, all together on one great day.

Our congratulations go to Farah on her perseverance and skill in taking this great photo!

Scriptus 2016 Raffle Winners

One of the biggest factors in helping Scriptus continue year-after-year is the raffle. Our third show was supported wholeheartedly by many exhibitors, and we had a record twenty prizes on offer. The draw was held in the last hour of the show, and we are happy to announce the results, including one double-winner!

Gerald Coates • Geometri Pen Set • Murtaza & Zain Ali Amarshi
Paul Hung • Parker 51 Pen & Pencil Set • Restorer’s Art
Kristin Glasbergen • Pearlescent Colours Set •
• Koh-i-noor Nib Holder •
• Nikko G Nibs •
Elena Woo • Hand-bound Album • Grace Note Press
Stan Smith • MonteVerde Ballpoint Pen • House of Fine Writing
Richard Diver • Visconti Pen Set • Laywine’s
Patrick Tang • Walnut & Maple Pen Stand • Timber Elegance
Rob Jemmett • Lamy “Safari” Pen• Phidon
Bernice Dale • Pilot “Metropolitan” Pen• Phidon
Margaret FitzPatrick • Conklin “Mark Twain” Pen • Phidon
Deirdre Hussey • Aurora “Style” Pen • Phidon
Joy Dale • Pilot “Knight” Pen • Phidon
Jill Milne • Cato “A-1” Early Felt Pen• Craig Retter
RJ McDonald • “CN Tower” Pop-up Card •
• “Hibiscus” Pop-up Card •
Roses Without Thorns
Donald Woo • Parker “17” Pen • Pearce Jarvis
Joy Dale • Pen Deoxidiser •
• Fine grade Pen Polish •
• X-fine Pen Polish •
La Belle Epoque Pens
Derrick Ngo • Lamy Safari Dark Lilac •
• Lamy Dark Lilac Ink •
• Classiky Box •
Wonder Pens
Michael Hong • Staedtler “Initium Lignum” Pen •
• leather pen case •
• Staedtler ink (black) •
• Leuchtturm1917 notebook •
Knight’s Writing Co.
Jason Bartlett • Staedtler “Initium Lignum” Pen •

Staedtler Premium
Sally Suen • “Northern Twilight” Ink • Scriptus

All of the winners will be contacted individually with details as to how to collect their prizes.

We would like to extend a special word of thanks to Peter Laywine and his staff at Laywine’s Pens & Organizers for their extra help and assistance in connection with the raffle (in addition to their generous prize donation).

Our congratulations go out to all of the winners. And our greatest thanks go to the prize donors and everyone who donated to Scriptus by participating in the raffle this year. Thanks to you we can look forward to Scriptus 2017!

Looking for a Few Good Thumbs: the Scriptus Instagram Contest

Tomorrow, hordes of pen and writing lovers will be descending on the Toronto Reference Library for Scriptus 2016. In the past, such an event would have an ‘official photographer’, who would dutifully document the day’s excitement: vintage plastics, rainbows of ink bottles, riffling paper, happy faces.

And then it occurred to us: why not crowdsource the photo-taking?instagram_app_large

We are happy to announce the Scriptus Instagram contest!

This is how it goes:

  • Theme: people @ Scriptus 2016
  • Hashtag: #ScriptusToronto
  • Best photo wins: a bottle of coveted Northern Twilight show ink & a Parker “51” fountain pen!

Upload your photos of Scriptus 2016 to Instagram for a chance to win. The winner will be carefully chosen by the Scriptus team, and will be announced within a couple of weeks (depending on how many photos we get).

Remember to include people in your photos, but please be polite about it and ask permission first.

See you bright and early tomorrow morning!

A Quick Inky Postscript…

After thinking about the huge success of last year’s show ink, Maple Red, something occurred to us. In the interests of fairness, we will be limiting the purchase size for this year’s Northern Twilight to two bottles per person.

We know that everyone is excited at the chance to play with this ink, and we know you all will be happy to share the fun with everyone else!

Scriptus and the Introvert

Pen shows can be a bit overwhelming. Dozens of exhibitors, colours everywhere, people jostling around. For those of us who find that draining, it can be enough to make us think twice about coming at all.

One excellent strategy used by the introverts and highly sensitive is to find a place to recharge your energy, away from the noise and bustle. And at Scriptus we have you covered! Here are a few suggestions if you are affected in this way:

  • Scriptus is crowded right from the beginning. If coming early is your usual way to avoid crowds, it may not work here. The show only slows down in the last hour or so.
  • Admission is free, so you can come and go freely, without even having to pass by someone examining you for proof of payment.
  • There is an excellent coffee shop on the library’s main floor: Balzac’s. The library allows you to bring your food and drink into the bookish areas, which means…
  • You can easily find a quiet & peaceful corner. It’s a library. It’s a big library! There are tables, chairs, corners and alcoves everywhere. And there is no time limit on how long you can stay there. When you are ready, you can come back to the show area and see more of what there is to see.

So have no fear (or anxiety), at Scriptus we have you covered, no matter how much a show like this might hurt your brain!

Scriptus 2016 Exhibitors Map Now Online

With Scriptus only three weeks away, everyone is working hard to make sure things go smoothly. Exhibitors are polishing up their pens. Inks are boxed up. Paper is in neat piles. Mapmakers are map-making.


And while you have to wait for the pens, ink & paper, what about the maps? The maps are done, and you can download a copy of the Exhibitors Map & Directory right now!

Have fun planning your Scriptus day, and be sure to visit the show sponsors. See you in a few weeks!

Limited-Edition 2016 T-Shirt


We are happy to announce that, in addition the dozens of tables filled with fabulous pen and writing goodies, we are adding to your list of must-haves: a limited edition Scriptus 2016 t-shirt.

Featuring the original patent drawing of the iconic Parker “51” on a black background, this shirt will announce your pen addiction to the world! We are also proud to have found a shirt produced locally, of organic pesticide-free cotton. Reasonably priced at $20, all-inclusive.

Quantities are limited, and there is no provision for advance sales, reservations, or mail-out orders. To get this, you will have to come to the show on October 30, the earlier the better.

Add to your wardrobe, shout out your pen love, and support Scriptus, all at the same time; what could be better than that?

Call For Volunteers

It’s almost time for Scriptus, and the team is working away behind the scenes to make everything run as well as possible. We’re in our third year already and we’re excited for a great show this year!

As always, we are in need of volunteers to help out with the show. Could you lend a hand? If you have a few hours to lend a hand some time during the day, we’d really appreciate it! Do you know a high school student looking to pad out their compulsory volunteer time? What better way could there be than playing with pens all day?!

This year volunteers are needed to:

  • provide information for the curious, and guidance for the confused
  • help sell tickets for our biggest raffle yet
  • attend our merchandise table, handling our signature ink and other Scriptus swag

To make us more visible to attendees and vendors, special (and highly attractive) Scriptus t-shirts will be provided to all volunteers. Also, nutritious and delicious snacks will be provided for you.

How to volunteer? Just head over to the volunteering page, fill out the form there, and our enthusiastic volunteer co-ordinator Lisa will contact you.

We look forward to seeing you at the show (hopefully all day long?)!

2016 Scriptus Ink: Northern Twilight

As if we weren’t excited enough about Scriptus, there is more good news! After the roaring success of last year’s Maple Red, we are happy to announce another limited-edition Scriptus ink, available only at Scriptus 2016, on October 30: Northern Twilight.

This ink is a stunning, yet subtle, blue-black, with a strong teal component and a hint of burgundy. Although the issue is limited to 244 bottles, each is a generous 60 mL, and priced at a very reasonable $16. We are limiting the purchase size to two bottles per person, to give as many people as possible a share in the inky goodness.

We are looking forward to the show, which will be bigger and better than ever! See you on October 30.