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.

Promotional Material Now Available

We are happy to announce that banners for online promotion of this year’s show are now available.

A full set of banners for free use can be found on our website, at: http://scriptustoronto.com/what/exhibitor-information/promotional-material/. We have included the banners themselves (simply <right-click> and <save as…> ), as well as code snippets to save you some behind-the-scenes work.

So feel free to distribute these widely, because sharing is half the fun!

Print materials are coming soon, so stay tuned…

Good News, Bad News?

We have good news, and we have not-quite-so-good news. The good news is: Scriptus 2016 is fully booked! Thanks to many of our returning sponsors and exhibitors from the last two years, and thanks to a number of new exhibitors, all of our tables are full for October 30.

The bad news? Well, the good news is also the bad news. If you were thinking about exhibiting at Scriptus this year, you can still get on our substitute list, but it’s too late for a guaranteed table for this year. Anyone filling out the application form for exhibitors after August 8, 2016, will be given the opportunity for a table in the case of cancellations, and we will do our best to give you as much notice as possible. If there is a cancellation, we will contact you using the information on your submitted form.

We have an exciting show planned, and will provide more information over the upcoming weeks, so keep an eye on the website, and be sure to sign up for our mailing list!

Scriptus is Coming…

With six months to go until Scriptus 2016, and warm weather upon us, it may seem a bit strange to be thinking about it at all. But in the world of pen shows, this is when the hard work begins!

We are organizing our team, and have already had a few meetings and emails, beginning the behind-the-scenes work to make the show a success. Do we offer another excellent show-themed ink? Which exhibitors and sponsors will be with us this time? What sort of promotion methods should we use? What designs do we use for posters and handbills? All of these questions, and more, need to be decided long before the fall.

But have no fear, all will be in order for October 30!

We have had a few inquiries from potential exhibitors, and we are thrilled to have a number of old friends—and quite a few new ones—joining us. We will be opening registration for exhibitors and sponsors on June 1, 2016. We will post the online form (required, as of this year) and send out a reminder email at that time.

So if you haven’t already penned (or pencilled) the show date on your calendar, please do so. And we look forward to seeing all of you then.

Save the Date…2016

After two hugely successful shows, there is no question that Scriptus is here to stay! We are happy to announce that Scriptus will be back at the Toronto Reference Library, on October 30, 2016.

So pencil (or pen) the date in now, and stay tuned for more details to come…

Volunteers Take a Bow

Without an army of volunteers, Scriptus would be a much more disorganized place. This year, our volunteers stepped up and looked after a host of duties. From running the raffle table, to running out for coffee and food, to keeping a rough count of the number of people streaming in the door, they did an amazing job, and our sincere thanks go out to them all.

  • Lisa Cox
  • Graham Allison
  • Chelsea Armstrong
  • Michele Armstrong
  • Claudia Astorquiza
  • Jim Pontikas
  • Ray Rama
  • Stephanie Raudsepp
  • Jeffrey Royer
  • Lin Stranberg
  • Andrew Timar
  • John Trebych
  • Karen Webster
  • Lillian White
  • Justin Williams
  • Angela Yeates
  • Graham Yeates
  • Wishes to Remain Anonymous (but definitely not forgotten.)

Take a good bow, for you deserve it!

Congratulations 2015 Raffle Winners

We are happy to announce the list of winners of the Scriptus 2015 raffle. The raffle is vital in funding Scriptus, and we would like to thank everyone involved.

Shawna Young
Le Typographie Paper and Envelopes,
Franklin Christof Bellus Rollerball, courtesy of Phidon Pens
Ben Ormseth
Eversharp Pencil & box of lead, courtesy of Restorers Art
Jennifer Kayahara
Staedtler Resina Blue fountain pen, leather case, and ink, courtesy of Staedtler Canada
Jim Hong
Platinum 3776 fountain pen, with music nib, courtesy of Wonder Pens
Donovan Bumanglag
Kaweco DIA 2 fountain pen & ink, with Leuchtturm 1917 notebook, courtesy of Knight’s Writing Co.
Irma Ghorghorian
The Pony: bound office file, courtesy of Livery Press.
Tracy Banderob
Montblanc Project M fountain pen, cards & envelopes, courtesy of Refinemark
Dave Homuth
Dupont Fidelio ballpen, courtesy of Murtaza Amarshi
Alexander Paribello
Faber-Castell Tamitio fountain pen, leather pen case, Laywine’s ink, and Stamford Notebook Co Traveller’s Journal, Scriptus edition, courtesy of Laywine’s Pens & Organizers
Katherine Brown
KWZI ink assortment, courtesy of KWZI Ink
Gordon Moir
A selection of Refinemark fine stationery and custom pencil sharpener, courtesy of Refinemark
Jacob Banderob
Parker Ingenuity pen, courtesy of Stylo.ca
Sandhya Chari
Platinum mixable ink set and fountain pen, courtesy of Take Note Stationery Store
Sarah Torrie
The last bottle of Scriptus 2015 Maple Red ink

Those winners who have not yet collected their prize can pick it up at Laywine’s Pens & Organizers, any time during their business hours. Our heartfelt thanks again go out to Peter Laywine and his staff for their generous assistance.

A Joyful Show

Scriptus 2015 has come and gone, with great success. The venue was packed with pen & writing aficionados for the entire day, with the young and old finding treasures to keep them busy for months to come. Hundreds of people flooded in each hour—right from the doors’ many staying for hours at a time.

An army of selfless volunteers kept things running smoothly, fielding various media visitors, answering questions, and keeping our huge collection of raffle donations in good order. Our eternal thanks go to Lisa, our mighty volunteer co-ordinator, and Michelle, our publicity co-ordinator & photographer, for long hours spent and jobs very well done.

A lovely photo gallery can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/124655691@N07/sets/72157660272224350

We have more to come, including a comprehensive raffle winners list. But first, we must collapse in a heap.

Oh, and by the way, there will definitely be a Scriptus 2016. Stay tuned…