I've been taking an online calligraphy class with the group Creative Workshops. I am a first believe that there is no better way to learn online than to watch videos.
I've owned a calligraphy set for years. Doesn't everyone? I never quite managed to get the letters right and let it sit on the shelf.
This time, I watched and was shown precisely how the letters are formed, and there is no way to make a mistake. All it takes is lots of practice. LOOOOOOOTS of practice. But the results are satisfying even at this early stage, and I'm having fun.
The satisfying part is when I can start using the letters for small poems or to compose my own. Let's be clear that the circle and the yellow pages are NOT my own, but exercises. The other two are mine, and the little poem came at the end of my pen as I was laying the letters down. I know that's an absolute NO NO, but it came easily.