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October Hand Lettering Doodle Session: The Pumpkin Spice Debate + Live Screen Printing Party

  • bump n grind 1200 East West Highway Silver Spring, MD, 20910 United States (map)

Join us for our October doodle session all about the ultimate fall dilemma - the pumpkin spice debate. Pro or con? We’ll take sides and hopefully emerge still friends at the end of the night.

Our October meeting promo doodle is by @notmanywords! Thanks to Sarah for also hosting this SSLetters meeting! Get to know Sarah and her lettering in her member feature on our site!

What does hosting a meeting mean? This year we are expanding our network and asking our members to step up to the plate and host meetings! You'll welcome new members, lead introductions, and keep the good vibes going at the meeting. You'll also be responsible for getting out and putting away supplies. Get in touch with co-founders Christy and Amina at if you are interested in hosting a meeting!

Bump n Grind is located at 1200 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910


PLUS join us at this meeting for a live screen printing party with the folks of Soul and Ink Crew!

Thanks to everyone who contributed a letter or two at our September doodle session, we now have an amazing hand lettered alphabetic print to share! Screen print one for yourself at our October doodle session!

All of our Patreon supporters and members who contributed a letter are invited to screen print a poster on us! For anyone else who would like to print one, we’re asking for a $5 contribution to help cover costs.

Thanks to Soul and Ink Crew for helping us throw this live screen printing party!


Thanks to overwhelming support for SSLetters, we've outlined some new guidelines for attending our events to ensure we are able to accommodate as many folks as want to join us, as well as ensuring we are doing right by our host venues every month! SSLetters is free to attend each month, but please make sure that you're abiding by our guidelines so we can continue to be a place for people to letter in community.

  1. Please RSVP before events. Often we are able to accommodate anyone who wants to join in the spur of the moment, but because of space limitations, we do need people to RSVP in advance so we know how many people to expect, and so that we do not overwhelm the spaces we are meeting.

  2. If you are unable to attend and already RSVP'd, please cancel your ticket. This will open space up to the next person in line on our waitlist.

  3. If tickets are sold out, join the waitlist. If tickets open up, you will be notified on a first come, first serve basis.

  4. Although our meetings are free, please make sure to spend some money at our host venues. We meet at locally owned and operated restaurants and coffee shops around town that generously allow us to take over much of their space, so please make sure to make it worth their while and spend some dollars with them. We only meet at local businesses so your support of them makes a difference in supporting the local economy and allows us to continue meeting at these locations!

Please let us know if you have questions about our new guidelines. Also, in an effort to keep things fair, tickets for each meeting will go live two weeks before the meeting date, so everyone has a chance to jump on them as soon as they are available. We will send out a notice before the event, and at the time tickets go live through our mailing list, so please subscribe here if you are not already on the list.


WHAT SHOULD I BRING?  Bring your favorite doodle supplies [paper + pens + paints + etc]. We will also have some paper on hand as well as our PEN SWAP BOX for you to test out different style pens for your drawings.

WHAT IS THIS?  The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring is a free monthly gathering for hand lettering enthusiasts to letter in community. Every month has a theme to jog the creative juices, but we would never dare limit your creativity to the theme! Come make new friends, swap pen and paper secrets, and meet other creatives in your community. Please note this is not a directed workshop but a space to explore together. People are always happy to give pointers and share tips, but this is not a hand lettering workshop.

WHERE ARE THE MEETINGS?  We are currently using Bump 'n Grind, a coffee and records shop on East West Highway in Downtown Silver Spring as our home base.

WHERE CAN I PARK?  Parking is available on the street and in various DTSS parking garages. The Kennett Street garage is the closest! Parking is free in downtown Silver Spring after 7pm. Bump 'n Grind is also walking distance from the Silver Spring Metro stop and Silver Spring Transit Center.

HOW CAN I GIVE BACK?  Support the society by getting more involved! Join our mailing list for updates. Follow @SSLetters on Twitter + Instagram, and don't forget to use #SSLETTERS to share your lettering even between meetings & brag on your letters! We'll repost your work on our channels, too. You can also help keep our hand lettering community alive with a donation today! Funds go towards putting on our community projects and providing materials at meetings. The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society is a completely volunteer based organization because we love our community, and we are so grateful for your support!