SignWriting List
April 30, 2013

ALL Sign Languages are welcome -

SignWriting Workshop At The Beach!

July 1-7, 2013
One block from La Jolla beaches, in San Diego, California...

Learn SignWriting in-depth, for one week, every morning, from 9:00 to 12:00, and then enjoy beautiful San Diego in the afternoons…Just 20 minutes from Mexico too.

Share your research on writing sign languages with three SignWriting teachers: 1... Deaf linguist and ASL teacher Adam Frost, 2...ASL literature writer Nancy Romero, and 3…developer of the SignWriting script, Valerie Sutton…

Scholarships are available, and the beaches are beautiful!

There are hotels and restaurants within walking distance. The workshop is held across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla.

Below is the agenda for the week, which it is flexible. If you arrive with questions related to your specific project, one or more of the three teachers will focus on your issues, while others learn at their own pace…a little like a one-room schoolhouse with different levels, all sharing…It will be fun and fruitful!



SignWriting Workshop La Jolla 2013
July 1 -3, & July 5 - 6 at the La Jolla Recreation Center near the beach
July 4th and July 7th at Valerie Sutton's home (we have a nice deck ;-)

Instruction will be flexible, and probably presented in this order:

SignWriting Basics 
For all levels. Everyone receives new instruction manuals. Advanced signwriters benefit from this session too...

Read SignWriting Literature 
Learn to "sign out loud" while reading any sign language, and learn to read sign languages silently, for speed. Reading materials will be provided, including sign language Wikipedia articles, children's stories from different sign languages, and thick books in written ASL and a novel written in Spanish Sign Language (LSE) by Steve and Dianne Parkhurst.

SignWriting Hand Symbols 
It will be fun to see photos/animation of Hand Symbols, and discuss palm facing and finger directions. A new manual will be presented.

SignWriting Movement Symbols 
Adam Frost has developed excellent videos that teach & review movement & contact symbols. This session is exciting and intense. There is so much to learn!

SignWriting Facial Expressions, Body Movement, Timing and Dynamics
Learn SignWriting Facial Expressions, Head/Body Movement, even dynamics and timing of movement. You will be amazed so much can be written!

On July 4th...
Write SignWriting by Computer
(at Valerie’s home) 
Individual signs and full documents can be written on the Internet. Bring your laptop. Computers will also be there at the workshop, and there is WiFi. Several software programs will be introduced, including how to post Wikipedia articles in written sign languages. And we will party after we are done – Happy July 4th!

July 7th...
SignWriting Handwriting
(Sunday at Valerie’s home) 
You don't need a computer to write...just a pen and paper. This last session gives you a useful daily tool for jotting down notes in any sign language for personal use. A fitting end to a fun week – and a light lunch on Val’s deck ;-) 

To register, go to:

SignWriting Workshop At The Beach!

Questions? Want to apply for a scholarship to pay for the workshop fees? Need help finding a nearby hotel?

Contact me:

Valerie Sutton
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858-456-0098 (voice)

We all look forward to meeting you!

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
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Read & Write Sign Languages

SignPuddle Online
Write SignWriting in the Clouds!
Documents, Dictionaries, SignMail

ASL Wikipedia Project
Articles in American Sign Language

Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
a US educational nonprofit organization
PO Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038, USA