The Spencerian Saga was founded in 1987 by Michael Sull, who is one of only eleven individuals worldwide to own the designation of Master Penman by the International Association of Master Penmen and Teachers of Handwriting. Sull made the preservation and teaching of the art of Spencerian Penmanship his life’s work.

The Spencerian Saga is a workshop held at the Lakehouse Inn in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio each fall. The workshops are designed to perpetuate interest in the skill of Spencerian Penmanship and attract devotees from across the globe to learn and practice the art.

Sull, who lives in Gardner, Kansas, taught the Spencerian Saga for 25 years. While he is no longer directing the yearly hand-writing retreat at the Lakehouse Inn, the classes continue with his student, Harvest Crittenden. Sull continues his work promoting handwriting by speaking and teaching at home schooling conventions across the country.

In 2012, Harvest Crittenden was tapped in to succeed her teacher as the director of the Spencerian Saga Workshop. A Master Penman in her own right, she has work on display at the Smithsonian Institution, The Arts Institute of Chicago, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art and the National Portrait Gallery among others and is featured in galleries and private collections throughout the world. Her clients include Mrs. William Clinton, President and Mrs. George Bush, President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, Prince Charles, Ralph Lauren and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She has created hand script-certificates for institutions such as Dartmouth College, Brown University, the U.S. State Department and the U. S. Treasury. Hew work has appeared in an array of publications and she has currently co-authored a book about Engrossing and Illuminating.

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