Workshop Policies

  1. “Local” one-day workshops are taught by expert local instructors and typically cost $60 for members / $65 for non-members. “Major” two-(or more) day workshops are usually taught by prominent out-of-town instructors and are priced according to the instructor’s fee, accommodation and travel expenses. Workshops are priced on a cost recovery/break-even basis. Should there be a surplus from a Local Workshop, the excess will be used to augment subsequent marginal workshops.

  2. Workshops have a limited capacity (usually between 10 and 15 participants). Additional sign-ups will be placed on a waiting list; if a spot becomes available people on the waiting list will be notified in order of listing.

  3. Priority in registration will be given to CSO members until one month prior to a workshop. After that members and non-members registration will be accepted on a "first-come, first-serve" basis.

  4. Members of selected letter and book arts guilds will be charged the member fee.

  5. Registration for a workshop does not guarantee a place in a workshop until a non-refundable deposit of at least $30 is received by the CSO Workshop Coordinator. A person is considered registered when a deposit (or full payment) has been made. Full payment is due no later than 16 days prior to the workshop. People who register and then discover that they cannot attend should contact the workshop coordinator ASAP.

  6. A non-refundable $30 deposit on the workshop fee is considered a commitment to attend the workshop. Cancellation will result in forfeiture of the deposit or full payment, unless a replacement is found. The Workshop Coordinator will attempt to fill workshop cancellations from the waiting list, if there is anyone on it. If this is not possible, the person dropping out is responsible for arranging a replacement and transfer of the workshop fee with the replacement person. At the discretion of the CSO Executive Committee, based on special circumstances only, a full or partial refund may be granted.

  7. The CSO reserves the right to cancel a workshop with insufficient registration. If the CSO cancels the workshop, fees will be refunded.

  8. Register for all workshops at CSO meetings or contact

  9. When you register for workshops you may pay at a CSO meeting or you may mail a cheque to the workshop coordinator (payable to the Calligraphy Society of Ottawa). We also now accept payments via e-transfer, which can be made through your bank's website using the email address. Do not send cash by mail.