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July 2021 Workshop Details




Management Committee


presents its




at Touchstones Arts & Heritage Centre, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ,

on Thursday, 1st July, at 2pm,


facilitated by writer and storyteller,


Jennie Bailey


The subject of Jennie’s July 2021 workshop will be:

Living on the edge – writing a cliffhanger that keeps your reader wanting more.

Love it or loathe it, the mega bestseller, The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown had people hooked with its twisty-turning plot and cliff-hangers. Cliff-hangers create an impact in storytelling and leave the reader thirsting for more. As Dan Brown himself puts it: “Leave the reader thinking, ‘All right, I’ll read just one more page….””

The Arabian Nights stories used them to keep listeners entertained. Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy swore by them to keep readers wanting to read more from instalments in magazines. And you can create effective cliff-hangers too There will be activities to give your stories punch and a cooperative writing session to get your writing living on the edge.

First actual physical workshop for over a year


Hi All,


Finally, we are able to hold our ACTUAL Workshop at Touchstones (our first since early last year). Most of you will know that we have, in the meantime, been holding Zoom workshops facilitated by our Chairman, Ray Stearn, throughout lockdowns. This will now be held in the Heritage Gallery.


Jennie Bailey will be our facilitator on Thursday, 1st July, at 2pm, and the details are attached. We have been informed by Touchstones that we are allowed up to 20 people attending, so we therefore need to operate a booking system. Therefore, if you are able to attend, please let Ray know a.s.a.p. so that he can book you a place. However, if you need to cancel, also please let him know so that your place can be offered to someone else.

Ray’s email address is barneydog70@hotmail.com


We sincerely hope you will be able to attend; it will be good to see everyone again, and we look forward to that.


Best regards,


Val J Chapman


Touchstones Creative Writing Group