One Day Workshops
This charming Elizabethan manor house was home to Jane Austen's brother, Edward. She spent part of her life in one of the cottages on his estate and often walked up to 'The Great House' to enjoy time with her family, surrounded by idyllic Hampshire countryside. Home to a unique collection of early women's writing, Chawton House hosts an increasing number of events of both literary and general interest. This is a unique and inspiring location for a one-day writing retreat.
Each workshop costs £45 including a light lunch.
Please book directly with Chawton House.
14 March 2020 - Painting the Scenery - 10am - 2.30pm
Every story happens somewhere. It might be in a gritty urban environment, or an idyllic location, beside the sea or high in the mountains. As a writer you may visualize it perfectly in your head, but how do you let your reader 'see' it too? This workshop will help you to show not tell and provide depth and colour to your writing.
18 April 2020 - Inspiration from Paintings & Objects
10am - 2.30pm
Chawton House is filled with wonderful paintings, furniture, decorative items and, of course, books. Use your powers of observation, as well as imagination, to use inanimate objects as inspiration for potential stories, whether in prose or poetry. The tutor will provide additional paintings and photographs to spark storytelling ideas.
9 May 2020 - Memoir & Family History - 10am - 2.30pm
Is there an episode in your life you want to capture in words? Perhaps there's a relative whose story holds particular interest and you don't want them to be forgotten. Or have you researched the family tree and want to bring it together in narrative form. This workshop will provide tips on how to research, write and edit these personal stories.
6 June 2020 - Historical Fiction - 10am - 2.30pm
Chawton House may inspire you to write a Regency drama, but what if you're fascinated by the Anglo-Saxons, Tudors or Victorians? Anything up to the 1980s could now be considered historical fiction, so there's bound to be an era you'd like to write about. This workshop will consider the elements which make a slice of history come alive.
The Lost Boy
3 Downing Street
This newly renovated restaurant in central Farnham is named in honour of J M Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, who spent his summers in the Surrey Hills. The elegant and comfortable Bloomsbury Room upstairs is reserved for us and a light lunch will be provided. Cost £45.
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8 February 2020 - 10am - 3.30pm
If your New Year resolution is to start writing - or write more - by February you might be flagging! If you need a little encouragement and professional support to get you back on track, this one-day retreat at The Lost Boy could be just what you need. Perhaps you are stuck in the middle of a project, or overwhelmed with ideas and don't know where to start. We will do lots of writing exercises (fun and productive) to inspire you. Coffee and lunch are provided to keep you going!