Writers' Sheds: From Chaotic to Clean

Writers' Sheds: From Chaotic to Clean

Sarah Coffey
May 26, 2009

If you think your home office is disorganized, check out Dylan Thomas' writing shed. Papers cover the desk and floor, and books are stacked haphazardly on shelves. Or take a look at Roald Dahl's home office, which he refused to have cleaned and is, to this day, as messy as it ever was. On the other hand, Mark Twain's garden house seems well kept, just like the rest of his elaborate home in Elmira, New York. Click through the photos above and the links below to learn which shed belongs to which writer...

1 Dylan Thomas' Writing Shed: Kenny Hemphill under license by Creative Commons
2 George Bernard Shaw's Writing Hut from Shedworking
3 Roald Dahl's Writing Hut
4 Mark Twain's Writing Hut via Workalicious
5 Virginia Woolf's Writing Shed from the Guardian UK

There's something very intimate about these small spaces, converted from humble garden sheds into a backyard writing room. The messiness that's been preserved in many of them gives a glimpse into the way our favorite authors really lived, and even the clean, organized desks offer some sense of how these writers thought.

Writers' Rooms in the Guardian
Writers at Home: Photographs by Slim Aarons
Inspiration: Converted Sheds

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