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2017 General Registration Now Open

Midsummer is nearly here, and that can only mean one thing: the Scriptus team is thinking about nothing but fall!

We are pleased to announce that general registration is now open for Scriptus 2017, to be held on October 29. Many of last year’s exhibitors are back on board, and we have booked over half of the available tables already. This year we have booked all three rooms: the entire Appel Salon, approximately 70 tables devoted to a full day of pens and writing joy!

Do you have pens to sell? Wonderful writing & paper products? Spare storage bins filled with bottles of ink? Does your calligraphy stun all you meet? There could be a place for you at a Scriptus table! Check out our guidelines for vendors, and our Exhibitor Application Form on our Exhibitor Information page.

Do you just like spending a day browsing and enjoying pens, writing, and inky goodness? Then mark your calendar, and plod through summer, knowing that the best is yet to come…

Scriptus 2017 Pre-registration

We are happy to announce that, on May 15, 2017, pre-registration will be opening for Scriptus 2017. This will be an opportunity for last year’s exhibitors to secure a table in advance. General registration will open on June 15, 2017.

Worried that you might not get a spot in Toronto’s greatest pen & writing event of the year? Have no fear! We have booked the entire Appel Salon this year—all three rooms—so there will be space for everyone: exhibitors, visitors, and all the writing goodies that you can imagine!

We are already hard at work organizing the day, so that all you have to do is arrive and enjoy yourself. So be sure to put October 29, 2017 in your calendar. (Unless you want a table; in that case, put June 15 down…)

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!

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?)!

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.

Scriptus, Toronto’s Pen & Writing Show, proves the art of writing well is not dead

Our press release came out this morning! Please feel free to share. See you all Sunday!

SCRIPTUS-Maple Red

The historic Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street) is the place to be for writing enthusiasts to gather and celebrate the written word on Sunday November 1st at 10 a.m. Last year’s show was a rousing success, so this year’s attendees will see an even more impressive and diverse group of exhibitors from around the world.

This year at Scriptus, attendees can look forward to:

  • fine pens, including fountain pens, old and new;
  • luxurious stationery from all over the world;
  • vibrant inks, in all the colours of the rainbow;
  • learning some calligraphy skills;
  • having your pens repaired;
  • an active community of like-minded writers and readers.

New this year, organizers, with Polish ink master Konrad Zurawski, have developed a Scriptus-exclusive ink that represents the warm tones of a Canadian fall. The aptly named “Maple Red” is a colour that is evocative of the season’s colour change in maple leaves.

Last year, Scriptus attracted over a thousand people and the library was buzzing and packed with whimsy, nostalgia, and romanticism. Come celebrate the lasting, timeless nature of pens and ink. Admission is free. For more information, please visitScriptusToronto.com

Scriptus is proudly sponsored by ARTiculations, B. Sleuth & Statesman, House of Fine Writing, Knight’s Writing, Laywine’s, Pen World International, Phidon Pens, Refinemark Print Design, Silver Hand Studios, STAEDTLER North America, Stylo.ca and Wonder Pens.

Media interviews are available upon request.

For further information: Media Contacts: Philip Akin, 416-712-1174, philip.akin@scriptustoronto.com; David Armstrong, 647-218-3270, david.armstrong@scriptustoronto.com; Michelle Leung 604-239-3692 michelle.leung@scriptustoronto.com

Pen Collectors of America Library Access Now Free

The Pen Collectors of America have thrown open the doors of their online library. All public domain documents in their holdings are now free for all, including pen catalogues, repair manuals, and advertising materials.

While many of these items are available elsewhere online, what is very exciting is that they have also made available the entire backlist of their magazine “The Pennant”, dating back to 1991! This magazine is a treasure trove of pen information.

We applaud their efforts to preserve and distribute this information, and encourage all to visit their website.

And Now For Our Volunteers

While a lot of credit goes to show organizers, that’s not the whole story.

Rave reviews of Scriptus have come in from all fronts, and much of it has to do with how smoothly things went on the actual day. And just like the oil that keeps your car from over-heating and breaking down, we had a team of volunteers whose hard work was vital to the success of the show:

  • Claudia (Cyber6)
  • Chelsea Armstrong
  • Lauren Armstrong
  • Lisa Cox
  • Allan Friedman
  • Robert Maguire
  • Robin McLaughlin
  • Luke Reece
  • Dorothy Russell

They put in long, hard hours doing behind-the-scenes work; hours that could have been spent wandering around, enjoying the good pen, ink, and paper-y things on display. Claudia’s persuasive powers put an ink table on the floor, for which she provided samples of both ink and paper, and then attended from start to finish. Hourly attendance counts were done (a big thing, as free admission provides no data). The front table (information and raffle) was an entity in and of itself, again thanks to a seemingly tireless team.

Thus, our eternal gratitude goes flooding out. So long as we have a volunteer team supporting Scriptus, you can be guaranteed that we will put in the hours organizing a show for them to support!

Scriptus 2014

Post-Show Report

  • “The venue was great…and the day of the week and time of year worked perfectly. The organization was fabulous…. Well done.”
  • “There was a very good variety of items and vendors. I also had a good time talking to many of the attendees. It was for me an excellent introduction to pen shows.”
  • “I would say [the show] was the best ever and I have taken part in every pen show that has ever happened in Toronto. Nothing comes close to what you have achieved…”
  • “It was so good to see familiar faces behind the tables and the smiling faces of the attendees. I think we all made a lot of people happy…”

And in one day, it’s all done.

Scriptus 2014

9:50 a.m. Ready and waiting.

The first Scriptus pen & writing show took off at a run, with people lined up outside the Toronto Reference Library well before the 10:00 a.m. start time. There were a few last-minute exhibitor cancellations, but we were able to call in a few last-minute waiting list replacements, and all of the tables were filled and set up by opening time, when people started flooding in.

Crowds were consistently solid up until the last hour or so, and our visitors represented a wide range of people and interests. The repair table was busy all day, and many people simply took a number and spent time enjoying the various exhibitors’ tables until their turn came up for repairs. A number of show attenders also made arrangements for impromptu meet-ups out in the library, sharing their new-found treasures with friends and online acquaintances.

Scriptus 2014

10:30 a.m. A full house on a sunny morning.

Our volunteers were willing, able, and capable. The front desk was constantly attended, and fielded both general questions and raffle sales.

The ink sample table was also a great success, and was able to introduce a number of people to all sorts of new colours and ink-types, including the much-anticipated powdered inks. Tomoe River paper samplers were very popular, and will undoubtedly result in skyrocketing addiction rates!

Scriptus 2014

Sean makes a mess. Over, and over, and over…

The raffle was very popular, and sales were strong enough to guarantee a show for next year. We will be announcing the winners in the next few days, as well as arrangements for them to pick up their prizes.

All of the exhibitors reported that people were thrilled to be in attendance, and that the venue was an excellent one. Many appreciated the opportunity to meet their customers face-to-face, with a number coming from other provinces and from the U.S. to enjoy the show. Sales were very strong, and it was a joy to see how happy people were to find pens they had hoped for, observe dozens of gleefully ink-stained hands, and see people able to instantly start writing with pen & ink, and on paper, that they had just discovered that day. By our estimates we saw some 1,200 people visit over the course of six hours, many of whom spent a few hours with us.

With Scriptus 2014 such a roaring success, we can confidently say that a show in 2015 will happen. As we confirm specific details we will, of course, let you know.

Scriptus 2014

No rest for the wicked!