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Pleased to Meet You!

Hi, I'm Lisa Natcharian, and I'm the founder of The Storyteller's Cottage, where literature comes to life!

Back in 2017, I converted a circa 1891 Victorian house in Simsbury, Connecticut into a unique venue for in-person literary events.  We held author talks, writing classes, poetry slams, book-themed summer camps, book clubs, D&D game nights, and all manner of bookish tea parties, cocktail parties, costume parties, fictional feasts, midnight dinners and live murder mysteries.  I even built three literary-themed escape rooms on site from the ground up!

When the pandemic evaporated our customer base, I closed the physical location, pivoted to an online model, and now share the secrets I've learned about creating fictional worlds in real life with "book dragons" all over the world!

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Can we visit the Storyteller's Cottage building?

Yes - it is now the home of a charming business called The Coffee Spot, and you can stop by 750 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, CT to grab a drink and a delicious baked treat made on the premises.  The decor is different now, but the house is still adorable!

Are you still running escape rooms?

No, but I do offer a
downloadable video class explaining how to build your own escape room. This 40-minute course is suitable for all ages, and is great for hobbyists who'd like to create an escape game for friends or students, and for potential professionals looking for a simple introduction to the game building process. 

Will you ever open a physical location again?

Not in the near future, but I do have plans in the works to host live murder mystery weekends at local inns in central CT. 

I heard you were running outdoor activities in Simsbury?

You heard right!  Check out my local partnerships below.




Turn your hike into an imaginative adventure! Choose a fun local trail and bring along our companion e-book. Find the landmarks listed along your hike and read about the fairytale adventures that happened in that very spot! This is a great way for families to get outside and enjoy nature together. Includes flat trails between 1/2 and 2 1/2 miles long, perfect for kids of all ages. Just $5 for each e-book chock full of photos, directions and fantastical tales!





Want to hear about it when we publish a new post, video or downloadable mystery?  Drop us your email address and we'll let you know! Don't worry - this list is for interesting announcements only.  We won't spam you!     

When you subscribe, you'll receive instant access to the beautiful and handy e-book,

Bookish Party Menus

This practical guide will provide inspiration for your next literary-themed event with menu ideas for eight popular bookish party themes, including Harry Potter, The Great Gatsby, Alice in Wonderland and more.


Click here to download your "Bookish Party Menus" e-book

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