The Lightning Draft

Live stream Novel-Writing Boot Camp

Noelle Harrison and Sandra Ireland

4th November to 2nd December 2020

£250 (270 euros) / £200 (220 euros)

Pay up front or a deposit of £50 (55 euros) to reserve your place and the rest due by October 23rd

To book your place email: 

A first draft of your novel in a month? You can do it.

In their first major collaboration, best-selling authors Noelle Harrison and Sandra Ireland will be dedicating the whole of November to you and your writing!

Whether your work-in-progress is begging to be finished or that gem of an idea just won’t let you go, Noelle and Sandra have designed a sparkling new course guaranteed to get those words on the page and help you finish the first draft of your project.

Through live-stream Masterclasses, group writing practice, creative unlocking, self-care techniques as well as a publishing bootcamp with tips on how to get into print, we will guide you through the whole month.

Feel supported and motivated as part of our virtual writing community.


The course runs from Wednesday 4th November

to Wednesday 2nd December.

Numbers are limited.

Any Questions?

Or want to book your place email:


The Lightning Draft

Course Contents

  • 4 x weekly Saturday morning live stream writing practice via Zoom. 10- 11am.

Beginning Saturday 7th November and ending Saturday 28th November.

60 minutes of unlocking creativity. We begin with an opening circle, guided meditation and writing practice together. We end with a closing circle and observations on our own creative practice.

    • 4 x weekly Wednesday evening live stream Master Class. 7 – 8.30 p.m.

    Beginning Wednesday 4th November

     Our Masterclasses provide you with the toolkit to write your novel covering different techniques with practical writing exercises.

    Each week we focus on a different genre drawing on our own extensive experience as published authors.

    • Wednesday 4th November:

    Igniting the spark with Noelle. Genre Focus: Popular Literary Fiction

    • Wednesday 11th November:

    Storyline & Plot with Sandra. Genre Focus: Murder Mystery

    • Wednesday 18th November:

    Settings & World Building with Noelle. Genre Focus: Historical & Science Fiction

    • Wednesday 25th November:

    Characterisation with Sandra. Genre Focus: Gothic & the Supernatural.

    • Wednesday 2nd December 7 – 8.30 p.m.

    1 x Publishing Bootcamp with Noelle & Sandra 

    Advice on how to get into print, publishers, agents, pitches, synopses and self-publishing.

    • 4 x weekly recorded drop-in meditations for daily morning writing practice 
    • 4 x Creative Self Care with Sandra Thursdays 6-7pm
  • 4 x Restorative Yoga, Meditation and Creative Writing with Noelle on Fridays 7 – 8.30 p.m.



 All of our participants will receive pdf downloadable course notes each week.

All of our sessions are recorded live, with password and available for one week TO COURSE PARTICIPANTS ONLY so you can catch up in your own time if you miss one of our classes.


Numbers on the course will be limited so book your place EARLY and take advantage of our special Early Bird Offer: book by midnight Friday 9th October for 10% discount.

Any Questions? Or want to book your place email:


£250 (270 euros) / £200 (220 euros) (low income rate)

Pay up front or a deposit of £50 (55 euros) to reserve your place and the rest due by October 23rd

Upgrade with our exclusive critiquing service:

The Lightning Draft Course, plus Critique report of first 15k words: £550 / £500  (570/520 euros)

The Lightning Draft Course, plus Critique report of whole novel: £750 /£700 (770/720 euros)

But wait there’s more! 



We know what it’s like to struggle on a low income, while trying to find time and space to write a book which is why we are offering TWO SCHOLARSHIP PLACES on our Lightning Draft Intensive Course.

One place is for open for anyone on a low income from anywhere in the world

One place is for those who were not born in U.K. or Ireland but resident on a low income

Those awarded will receive the full LIGHTNING DRAFT COURSE FREE! 

To apply for a scholarship place please send us a letter telling us what you would get out of taking part in The Lightning Draft Course and a short sample of your writing (maximum length 2500 words).

(Please let us know which scholarship you wish to apply for.)

Please attach your letter and samples in one pdf document, 12 ft, double line spaced.

For those awarded the scholarships, we ask you to be 100 % committed, as you will forfeit your place if you don’t attend our classes.








Sandra Ireland was born in Yorkshire, grew up in Northumberland and lived for many years in the Irish Republic before relocating to Scotland in 1995.Returning to education as a mature student, she gained a First-Class Honours degree in English and Creative Writing at the University of Dundee in 2013. While there, she was awarded a Carnegie-Cameron Scholarship to study for an MLitt in Writing Practice and Study, graduating with a Distinction the following year.
She is currently an associate creative writing tutor at the University of Dundee and teaches leisure courses as part of the Lifelong Learning programme. From 2017-20, she was Chief Judge of the Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Awards and has been invited to adjudicate writing competitions for the Scottish Association of Writers and various writing groups. She facilitates workshops and retreats for writers on a freelance basis, and has a special interest in writing for wellbeing.

Her poetry has appeared in various publications, such as New Writing ScotlandSeagate III and ‘Furies’, published by For Book’s Sake. She won the Scottish Association of Writers’ Dorothy Dunbar Rose Bowl for Poetry in 2017 and 2018.

Sandra is the author of three psychological thrillers, all published by Polygon. Beneath the Skin (2016), shortlisted for the Saltire Society First Book Award, 2017; Bone Deep (2018), also published in the USA, Germany and India and The Unmaking of Ellie Rook, released last year. Sight Unseen, the first book in her new Sarah Sutherland series is out now.

She is represented by Jenny Brown, of Jenny Brown Associates. In addition to her novels, she has written a non-fiction work Grist: The Life, Lore and Landscape of the Scottish Watermill which is currently out on submission.

She has a particular interest in folklore and its relevance to current issues and concerns.

Check out Sandra’s website to know more about her writing and books here.

Follow Sandra on Twitter @22_ireland and on instagram @sireland22



Noelle Harrison is a fiction writer and extensively published author. Her novels and short stories have been translated and published in thirteen different countries. She has taught creative writing in Ireland, UK & Norway for both adults, teenagers and children in schools, and for organisations such as The Inkwell Writers Group in Dublin, Meath County Council in Ireland, The Big Smoke Writers’ Factory in Dublin, and Litteraturhuset in Bergen, Norway. Noelle has a Masters in Creative Writing with Distinction & an Associate Fellowship in Higher Education both attained at Edinburgh Napier University. She has lived and written in Ireland, Italy, Norway, and Scotland, and brings an array of cross-cultural skills to our retreats. Noelle’s most recent novels The Gravity of Love was published by Black and White Publishing in May 2018 and The Island Girls was published by Bookouture in April 2020. Her forthcoming novel The Boatman’s Wife will be published by Bookouture in January 2021.

Noelle is also a qualified Yoga Teacher specialising in Restorative Yoga & Journaling. You can check out her classes on

Check out Noelle’s website to read more about her writing & books here.

You can follow Noelle on Instagram@noelle.harrison5

Twitter: @NoelleHarrison Facebook: @NoelleCBHarrison


 ‘Noelle’s Pure Fiction writer’s workshop turned into Pure Inspiration. Spending the weekend with an incredible author who freely shared her vast knowledge was simply amazing and by Sunday evening I felt like a completely new person. New doors of wisdom had been opened to me. I learned concrete techniques I could implement straight away, got loads of invigorating encouragement, and have been busy writing ever since. You’ll know where to find me the next time Noelle’s in town.’

Hilde Fossen, Bergen, Norway.


Noelle with Pure Fiction Retreat Group March 2018 in Bergen, Norway.

“I have just enjoyed a five week course with Sandra Ireland – ‘Finding Inspiration through Folklore’, and it did exactly what it says on the tin ; I found inspiration in the material presented and discussed, but not only in my writing as I’d planned, but in other creative areas.  With five lessons complete with slide show presentations, accompanying notes and a weekly live online Zoom meeting, where Sandra and our small group were able to interact and share ideas and information to fuel our imagination, I was spurred to complete sewing and craft projects as well as life writing pieces and short stories.  Sandra gave excellent feedback to enable me to develop my ideas further.  I certainly would recommend Sandra’s courses with her gentle and encouraging style.  Lots of fun and met some wonderful like minded creators and writers.” Lynn R.S. Genevieve


Sandra reading at Murder One International Festival 2019

‘I took part in Aurora Writers’ two-day writer’s retreat in Lauder, Scotland in February 2017 with Noelle Harrison and Melody Nixon.  Their approach was clear, practical and inspiring.  Whether you’re a beginner or advanced writer,
the teaching catered to every level.  Noelle and Melody’s experience, knowledge and know-how leaves you roaring to write.  If you get the chance to attend one of Aurora Writers’ Retreats don’t pass it up!’

Ila Moldenhauer, Bergen, Norway


MELODY with our Scottish Writing Retreat group Spring 2017

“My experience with Noelle, both working with her and attending PICTURE THIS!, is that she is a devoted and charismatic teacher. She connects with participants in a very special way so that the creative work is focused. Noelle has built very structured yet dynamic and enriching courses. The fact that she guides you step-by-step make her courses particularly attractive. The result is that you get to experience what she is teaching rather than hear about it. Creative blocks and fear of writing melt away and creativity kicks in. By taking one of Noelle’s writing courses, I believe you get a deeper understanding of what the craft of writing is and what your role should be in wanting to master it.”

Karen Rosenstock, Litteraturhuset Bergen & Skrivekunstkollektivet

Last year I did a short story course with Noelle Harrison at Aurora Writers. I wrote The Spirit of the Lake, an idea that I had been tolling with for a while. But Noelle managed to make me focused and together we turned the story into something that I am really proud of! If you have time and chance to do a course with Noelle, don’t hesitate!!

Nina Rolland, Bergen, Norway.


NOELLE with our PICTURE THIS! group in Norway 2017

Autumn Writing Retreat Ireland 2018 Testimonials

‘Noelle’s course is helpful, fruitful, and satisfying. The weekend as a whole is a delight and Noelle has a way of bringing out imagination in everyone, which results in stellar writing. The setting was idyllic and the community feeling among us was warming to my soul! I wish everyone, writer or not, would take this course to experience a positive outlet to express inner creativity and to dive into their subconscious. I continued to write my short story well beyond the retreat and was motivated to keep going. A great writing event and wonderful life experience!’

Elizabeth, U.S.

Any Questions? Or want to book your place email:





6 – 9 p.m


Celebrate Samhain and join our virtual circle when we will connect bodies, hearts and spirits.

Our evening combines the powerful release of Yin and breathwork, and the intuitive insight of Rune Stone meditation with nurturing aromatherapy self-message, self-reflection through journalling and restorative yoga.

Guided by Lizzie and Noelle, we will hold space for you as we create fellowship online.

Each participant will receive a self-care package for our online retreat beforehand including bespoke aromatherapy oil & personal rune stone.

The evening runs from 6 to 9 p.m. with a short break during that time for drinks / toilet.



£22/ £18 (low income/ members of  SPACE TO BE.ONLINE )

£30 for 2 souls sharing one screen

Numbers will be limited for the optimum experience.



1.1 Private Online Tarot Card  with Noelle for 60 minutes: £30

1:1 Private Online Yin Class with Lizzie for 60 minutes: £30

For both: £50

To book your place or for further information email:
Payment is by online bank transfer.

Please note: To receive your Self-Care Package please book by 16th October if living in U.K: or Friday 9th October if international (plus extra £7.00 p+p)

Class will be taught live stream via Zoom & passwords sent the week before.



Comfy clothing, yoga mat, bolster or 2 pillows, 2 cushions, 2 blankets, 1 block or 1 thick book, a pen, and the contents of your self-care package.  

 About our Guides:

Lizzie McGhee 


Lizzie believes her purpose is sharing the tools of yoga which bring her balance, peace and spiritual curiosity. She is passionate about yoga philosophy, the ways in which yoga can bring you deeper into your intuition and grow awareness of your inner balance of yin and yang. To Lizzie, yoga is a practice of grounding and acceptance, of feeling at home in your own skin, as well as a practice of growth; of gaining perspective and exploring our spiritual selves. She specialises in Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release as well enjoying a passion for essential oils. Music is Lizzie’s life force and she brings this into the practice, sharing her voice and message through soothing lullaby.

Noelle Harrison


With a life-long passion for yoga, Noelle’s journaling, meditation and restorative practices are an integral part of her work as a published author of ten novels, teacher of creative writing and yoga, and reader of Tarot Cards, Karmic Astrology and Rune Stones.

Noelle’s teaching aims to connect to the heart and nurture the intuition. Unblocking the healing power of creativity through expression and exploration, Noelle’s teachings awaken and restore.

Both Lizzie & Noelle teach weekly live stream yoga, meditation & journaling classes on the wellness hub with drop-in donations from £5/ memberships from £15.99. Find out more here

Any Questions?

Contact us via email: 


What is journaling?

Journaling is a powerful tool for releasing our thoughts and emotions through words, as well as finding joy in the pleasure of creativity. Moving through guided meditation into journaling practice we can connect to our true selves.

What are Rune Stones?

Rune stones have been used as tools for divination since 4th century. Inscribed with ancient runic glyphs each of the 25 stones represent states of awakening and can be used for guidance or affirmation. We have chosen to work with runes because of their karmic alignment, and also their connection to the elements of nature.

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for wellness. In our Samhain retreat we use our essential oil blend as a means for sensuality and openness.

What is Yin Yoga?

Yin Yoga incorporates principles of traditional Chinese medicine, with asanas that are held for longer periods of time than in other styles. It aids us to drop into stillness and go deeper!

We look forward to celebrating Samhain together on our evening of truth and beauty.


 Testimonials for Aurora Writers’ Retreats

‘I first of all want to thank you both for a wonderful Sunday. I often struggle to spend an hour doing such worthwhile things, to have a day retreat was BLISS! Lizzie and Noelle delivered everything they promised, and more! I felt connected and held and I was surprised at how connected I was to the other goddesses!’

Kirsty, Scotland

‘A wonderfully nurturing and creative day. I found the pairing of yoga and writing very evocative. Thank you!’

Claire, Scotland.

‘Such an enriching experience with a great bunch of women.’

Lynne, Scotland.

‘I love yoga but had never seen myself as at all interested in creative writing – indeed I hadn’t written anything that wasn’t for study or for work for more than 40 years, and wasn’t sure it was something I could do at all.  Noelle and Vanessa put together a wonderfully integrated day where different kinds of yoga and prompts to writing flowed together effortlessly.  And I’m not sure how, but a poem flowed out of me – leaving me delighted and refreshed that a seam of creativity had opened up. ‘

Kate, Scotland.

‘I’m now going to incorporate yoga into my writing routine as I left the retreat feeling positive and relaxed. I can’t wait for the next retreat, I’ll definitely be going back.  I met a lot of welcoming lovely people who I hope to keep in touch with. We also had use of the spa at David Lloyd afterwards which rounded off a perfect day. I highly recommend Aurora Writer’s retreats.’

Jodie, Scotland.

You can read a full review of Jodie’s experience on our Beltane Retreat day on her blog right here

‘After a day at Aurora Writers Into The Light Yoga & Creative retreat in Edinburgh, I am adorned with the armour of my intrepid warrior self, the peaceful warrior and the creative warrior. No longer shall I walk this journey of literary and creative discovery on my own. No longer shall I be the lackey of self-doubt and trepidation. With my new literary companions from Aurora’s Writers’ Retreats forever by my side, fuelling me with the memories of an unforgettable and powerful session and a connectivity that stretches from Harrogate to Scotland, across to Norway and around the world, bringing together all women who have a bloody good story to tell.’

Francesca, Harrogate, U.K.

You can read Francesca’s full review of the retreat day on




Suitable for absolute beginners to the more experienced.

Beginning Tuesday 13th October from 7 – 8.30 p.m: 3 week course: £40 / £30 low income UPGRADE WITH ONE HOUR READING: £65/ £55

Drawing upon 35 years experience as a professional Tarot Card reader. My approach is accessible and aims to connect you with your intuition, the easiest and best way to read Tarot Cards.
We will cover the history of Tarot Cards, Numerology, Energetics, Elements and Astrology in our exploration of delving into the life-affirming world of Tarot. Students will be encouraged to connect with their own decks, and build their reading skills as they are introduced to different Tarot Card Reading Spreads.
Each week the course will comprise of a live stream 90 minute class plus downloadable PDF course notes and exercises.
Numbers are limited and this course is VERY POPULAR so please book your spot early!


Beginning Thursday  October 15th 7 – 8.30 p.m: 3 week course £40 / £30 with low income UPGRADE WITH ONE HOUR PRIVATE READING £65/ £55

As the published author of 10 novels, I work with Tarot Cards to unlock creativity, while connecting to their original purpose as tools for storytelling. Over this four week course I will show you how to use Tarot Cards as a powerful tool to aid you in the process of creating stories, and in particular with writer’s block.

Each course will comprise of a live-stream 90 minute class plus downloadable course notes and exercises. Working with cards, classes will focus on ideas, and conceptual development, protagonists and antagonists, story telling building blocks, and self care for writers.

Both these courses are self contained but also complimentary especially if you are a beginner to Tarot Cards.

The discount for doing both courses is £10 off total price.

What you will need:

A Tarot Deck.

For absolute beginners the Rider Waite Deck is very easy to use, however I would also encourage you to select a deck which resonates with you personally.

Writing journal and pen.

Both these courses are also FUN opening up your mind to new tools to develop your creativity and intuition.

For any questions or to BOOK YOUR PLACE email: or DM on Instagram noelle.harrison5


‘Noelle has a way of bringing out imagination in everyone, which results in stellar writing.’ (Elizabeth)

‘I learned concrete techniques I could implement straight away, got loads of invigorating encouragement, and have been busy writing ever since.’ (Hilde)

‘If you have time and chance to do a course with Noelle, don’t hesitate!’ (Nina)

‘Noelle’s experience, knowledge and know-how leaves you roaring to write.’ (Ila)

‘Such an enriching experience with a great bunch of women.’ (Lynne)


Tarot & Writing Testimonials

‘Noelle gives you confidence and holds space for everyone to ask questions, develop their knowledge and intuition. The exercise and meditations were a new way to connect to my deck and my readings have become clearer since I started the course. I would highly recommend this course for anyone that would like to learn about tarot or even deepen their knowledge of it.’ (Anais)

‘Both courses were extremely in depth and engaging, and have given me a new appreciation for the Tarot. There’s really nothing I can fault about the classes; the notes were extensive, the subject matter was beyond interesting, and your calming and knowledgeable presence gave the courses a very welcoming atmosphere.’ (Euan)

‘This course was excellent! I learned so much about Tarot and Noelle was a fantastic teacher. Of course, you can’t expect to do this and suddenly be amazing at Tarot reading. It takes practice but Noelle and everyone else on the course were so supportive and I was always made to feel very welcome. The sessions were manageable to attend via Zoom and it was nice meeting new people with a common interest.’ (Jess)

‘This retreat put me in the autumn spirit while giving me an invaluable tool for creative writing and development. The symbolism, imagery, and energy of the Tarot are a perfect vehicle for creative thinking. Noelle and Becky’s expert guidance has enabled me to use Tarot in my regular writing practice to generate new concepts and ideas, as well as develop current projects and overcome blocks. My current project already feels more nuanced and meaningful after the insight I gained from the retreat. Thank you!’ (Brittany)

‘I found the idea of using tarot cards in creative writing very original and inspiring. A great deck of cards could help anyone come up with new ideas for their story, or help them go over some writer’s block they might have. I recommend the tarot decks I used: one is a tarot with illustrations by Nicoletta Ceccoli, the other one is the Deviant Moon tarot by Patrick Valenza.
Noelle & Becky taught us some helpful techniques that we could use in order to improve our creative writing process. Highly recommended.’ (Adriana)