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Everyone has a story to tell! This informal session will include a series of exercises to help you develop ideas into words.

Chawton House is filled with wonderful paintings, furniture, decorative items and, of course, books. Use your powers of observation, as well as imagination, to bring those inanimate objects to life as inspiration for potential stories, whether in prose or poetry. The tutor will also provide additional paintings and photographs to spark story-telling opportunities.

All levels are welcome.

The programme includes a light lunch as well as morning coffee. Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance.

About the host:

Claire Thurlow is a writer and writing coach who is passionate about helping people who have an urge to write. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex and is an experienced workshop facilitator, editor and published author. She is particularly interested in writing for wellbeing and nature writing and is working on a novel.

WorkshopSouth EastHistoric house

Chawton House

Chawton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ

01420 541010


Opening times

Gardens and Tearoom Takeaways: 11:00am - 4:30pm daily

House: 11:00am - 4:30pm Thursdays through Sundays

Dine in at the Great Hall and the OId Kitchen Tearoom: 11:00am - 3:30pm Mondays through Wednesdays

Library: The library will be available for research on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact

Visitor season 2020: 17th February - 16th December. Christmas openings and events TBC.

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