Fountain Pens in Education

Fountain Pens Presented to Colorado Students!

The Colorado Pen Show has teamed with Ridgeview Classical Schools and Anderson Pens to help introduce fountain pens to a new generation of users!

Participants will use their fountain pens to create and enter work in one of the three categories below. The entries will be evaluated by our panel of experts and prizes will be awarded on Sunday October 11th at the Colorado Pen Show. The Categories are:

Penmanship – Entries will be judged by Michael Sull & Marie Hornback

Literature       – Entries will be judged by Carter Wilson & Sean Eads

Artwork          – Entries will be judged by Ryan Krusac, Llyod Anderson (Jake Weidmann? He and I still need to connect again)

Winners in each of the categories will be announced Sunday, October 11th at the Colorado Pen Show.

Prizes will be awarded to the first place entry in each category.


More about:

Ridgeview Classical Schools

Ridgeview Classical Schools ( is a free, public K-12 Charter School, chartered through the Poudre School District in Fort Collins Colorado. The school opened in 2001, has high school grades 9-12, and has open enrollment through a lottery system.


It is the philosophy of Ridgeview Classical Schools that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete difficult tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community.


Anderson Pens

Anderson Pens is the joint effort of Brian and Lisa Anderson, two long time pen collectors who actually met through the collecting hobby, fell in love & got married, and founded the company in 2010.

2010 was a busy year for us – we got married AND founded Anderson Pens – life has never been better!! We started our online store, and attended pen shows all over the country; generally 12-15 shows a year. In 2013, we opened a retail brick & mortar pen store in downtown Appleton, and we would love to meet you if you are in the area – please stop in!

Anderson Pens, “The Passion for Pens IS our Business!”



Michael Sull

 Widely regarded as America’s foremost living Master Penman, Michael Sull is credited as being the individual responsible for bringing back the techniques and lore of American penmanship from obscurity to the renaissance of interest found today.

He is the respected author of several definitive books on American vintage penmanship, and was responsible for the design and construction of our nation’s only public recognition of our past penmanship heritage– the Spencerian Monument for American Handwriting. He is Director of America’s only Master Penman accreditation program, Corporate Master Penman for the Zaner-Bloser Company, and served as President Reagan’s personal calligrapher after his term as Chief Executive.


Marie Hornback

Marie Hornback has, and continues to study penmanship, calligraphic styles of writing, flourishing and engrossing with Master Penman. She has taken four courses with Harvest Crittenden and attended 3 week long Spencerian Sagas with both Michael Sull and Ms. Crittenden.

Marie teaches penmanship at Ridgeview Classical School in grades 3-7 in addition to her private students. Ms. Hornback has been featured in the Northern Colorado Business Report, the Colorado Business Report, the Loveland Reporter-Herald, and The Compass (Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce monthly publication).


Ryan Krusak


Lloyd Anderson


Carter Wilson

Award-winning author Carter Wilson was born in New Mexico and grew up in Los Angeles before attending Cornell University. He is a consultant and frequent lecturer in the hospitality industry, has journeyed the globe both for work and pleasure, and as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. The Comfort of Black is Carter’s third novel. Carter lives in Colorado with his two children.


Sean Eads

Sean Eads is a writer and librarian living in Denver, CO. He has a Masters degree in literature from the University of Kentucky and a Masters degree in library science from the University of Illinois. His first novel, The Survivors, was a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award. His next novel, Lord Byron’s Prophecy, will be published in 2015 by Lethe Press.


The Colorado Pen Show

THE place to buy, sell or trade vintage and modern writing instruments and accessories. The Colorado Pen Show is an annual event coming to you every year on Columbus Day weekend. Remember to mark your calendars!

The Colorado Pen Show, Analog Tools For Your Digital World!