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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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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.

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

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THE STORYTELLER'S

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Join your fellow bibliophiles at The Storyteller's Salon, a bookish online community!

Members have access to unique online activities including:

Deux Magots

Online Parisian Cafe

book discussions with tea & cake  

Fictional Feasts

Online Cook-Alongs

featuring food from books

Ladies of Letters

Online Art Journal Creation

with literary-themed cocktails

Murder in the Library

Movie Watch Parties

based on mystery novels

Script & Scrivenry

Penpal Exchange

including local bookmarks

Poetry Bistro Night

Online Sharing of Poetry & Short Stories

with tea tastings

Inkheart Academy

Online DIY Bookish Crafting

using old book pages

Pendragon Society

Online Discussion Forum

covering book reviews, recommendations

 

& more!

PLUS...

Monthly Drawings to Win Books

Access to Recorded Zoom DIY Courses

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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.

 

 
 
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SIMSBURY STORY HUNTS

Explore the charming town of Simsbury while you solve a mystery! Follow a trail of clues as you walk through the historic town center, and pick up delicious treats from local purveyors along the way. By the time you solve the mystery, you'll have collected the makings of a lovely picnic, which you can enjoy at your final stop!

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FAIRY FINDING ADVENTURES
 

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!



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