2024 Miami Pen Show

Seminars & Classes Copy

Friday, July 13

2:30 pm – 3 pm
Flexible Nibs & Line Width Demonstration with John Urbank

View a sampling of flexible nib fountain pens and learn the difference between vintage and modern models. John will include a demonstration of the line widths that are possible with a flex nib.


Saturday, July 14

10 am – 12 pm
Common Place Book Workshop with Tabby Rivera of PlannerDweeb

Miami Pen Show Common Place Book

Discover the basics of this classic organization technique and create a sample page in a notebook to take home. Bring your favorite markers and other stationery/scrapbooking supplies, or borrow from the workshop’s lending library.
$25 materials fee.

The plannerDWEEB is conducting a one-time amazing workshop at the Miami Pen show.

The Common Place Book Workshop

The main goal of the workshop is to share the basics of an old and true method of brain dumping called the commonplace book but with the instructor’s creative and fun flair.

The intended audience of this workshop are the attendees of the Miami Pen Show who are already fans of writing with a pen.

The format of this workshop is instructor-led with examples given to show the use of a commonplace book.

It will involve one hands-on-activity for the participant to create one sample page.

Included with paid ticket:


Admission to the Miami Pen Show on Saturday, July 14th

Supplies to be provided:

One Leuchttrum dotted medium hardcover notebook, handout, glue sticks, paper clips, washi tapes, ephemera, kraft pockets, scissors, crayola markers, cardstocks, staplers, and post-its.

Supplies to bring:

Your favorite pens, highlighters and/or favorite stationary and/or scrapbooking supplies.

Your instructor:

Tabby Rivera. Founder of the plannerDWEEB group!

Tabby is a Project Manager for a Danish Lighting Company, a Time Management Coach, a Personal Organizer and an Event Coordinator. She has also an artsy side and creative flair that you just do not expect from someone who is so system driven. Her passion for helping others get organized in a way that feels both natural and self-expressive has prompted her to create a social media presence, Facebook group, events and workshops to share ideas of how one can live an organized life that is full of color, fun, and self-expression.

**Pre-register for this class on EventBrite** [link to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-common-place-book-workshop-at-the-2018-miami-pen-show-tickets-46444707370]

12 pm – 1 pm
Origami Workshop with Hong Nguyen

Learn the ancient skill of folding paper to create hearts, boxes and other objects.
All ages welcome to attend! Materials provided.

Miami International Pen Show

When you practice origami, you are activating your whole brain.
It has long been known that origami has many benefits of developing the following:
Fine ‘motor skills’ of both hands.
Intellectual abilities.
Creative abilities.
Activation of the Right and Left hemispheres of the brain.
Emotional and aesthetic experiences.
Joy, satisfaction, and pride in your own work!

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Starting a Fountain Pen Collection with Giovanni Abrate

Want to get serious about building a great fountain pen collection, but don’t know where to start? Local pen expert Giovanni Abrate will offer tips and advice on taking your pen collecting from good to great!  Free

Miami International Pen Show

Italian, born in Milan. Former test pilot. Giovanni Abrate has traveled extensively through Europe and the world. I have led multinational teams. I have lectured all over the world and I speak four languages fluently. I have been a Florida resident for over 25 years. I have two sons who live in Australia and a young daughter who lives with me. If you like Italian culture, its history, literature, films, architecture, fashion, and cuisine, you’ll enjoy interacting with Giovanni Abrate and benefit from his extensive insight and wealth of experience on building a great fountain pen collection.

3 pm – 5 pm
Sharing Your Work in a Digital World with Urban Sketchers Miami
Free; bring your own sketching tools (pad, pencils, etc.)

This hands-on workshop includes a short presentation on Urban Sketchers’ mission, plus tips and tricks on how to share your artwork on social media. After the presentation, attendees will go exploring together to find vignettes to sketch, then return to the classroom to share their work with others and post it online.

Miami International Pen Show

Urban Sketchers is a network of artists around the world who draw the cities where they live and travel to. Urban Sketchers Miami is a Regional Chapter of Urban Sketchers. 

Sunday, July 15

9:30 am – 12 pm
American Cursive Handwriting with Hong Nguyen

Improve your cursive in this workshop with certified handwriting instructor Hong Nguyen.
$25 materials fee.

Miami International Pen Show

1 pm – 2 pm
Pelikan from 1838 to World War II with Tom Baley
This free seminar by renowned Pelikan expert Tom Baley covering the pen company’s vibrant history as well as bringing several hundred pens to illustrate the talking points.

Miami International Pen Show

Tom Baley has been collecting pens since the late ’60s and specializes in Pelikans, demonstrators, and glass nib fountain pens.