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

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

Any Questions? Or want to book your place email:





10 A.M. TO 3 P.M


Nourish and replenish as we transition into Autumn, nurturing our bodies, minds and souls on our online day retreat of gentle restorative practices, and intuitive insight.

Our RENEW day retreat is designed to release stress and tension in our bodies and minds, as well as inviting new beginnings, and intentions while we transition from the brighter months into the shadows of Autumn.

Guided by Lizzie and Noelle, we will connect our senses through the five elements of earth, air, water, fire and ether.

Myofascial release for the body, guided meditation and journaling, restorative yoga using our bespoke aromatherapy oil, karmic astrology & rune stones are all included on our day of gentle inward reflection and self-care.

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


The Program (all times are BST):

10- Opening Circle.

AIR: Gentle morning stretches, guided meditation & journaling with Noelle.

11 – EARTH: Myofascial workshop with Lizzie.


1 p.m – WATER & ETHER: Karmic Astrology & Rune Stone guided meditation & restore with Noelle

2- FIRE: Aromatherapy restorative yoga with Lizzie.

2.50 – 3.00 Closing Circle






Numbers will be limited for the optimum experience.


1.1 Private Online Tarot Card or Rune Stone Readings 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 Friday 12th September if living in U.K: or Friday 5th September if international (plus extra £7.00 p+p)

To receive your Karmic Astrology reading we will need the date, time and place of your birth.

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


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

 About our Guides:

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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 £11.99. Find out more here

Any Questions?

Contact us via email: 


What is myofascial release?

Integrated into gentle yogic movement, myofascial release relaxes contracted muscles, improving blood flow, lymphatic circulation and relieves tension built up in our connective tissue. It is a powerful therapy for easing physical discomfort and pain, as well as releasing emotional suffering and hurt from the past.

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 is Karmic Astrology?

Karmic astrology is a powerful tool for insight into why we may feel we are repeating certain patterns or situations in our lives. Drawing from the idea of past lives, Karmic astrology interprets the placement of your north and south nodes of the Moon at the time of your birth. Revealed is guidance on how to let go of what no longer serves you, and your pathway of learning in this lifetime.

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, and relaxation.

We look forward to celebrating our Autumn Equinox together on our restorative day of truth and beauty.


 Testimonials for Aurora Writers’ Retreats

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

Claire Wingfield, U.K.

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

Lynne Dickson, U.K.

‘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 Dyer, U.K.

‘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.’

J.V. Baptie, U.K.

You can read a full review of J.V. Baptie’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 Hepton, Harrogate, U.K.

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

Tarot & Writing Samhuinn Retreat 2018 Testimonials

‘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!’


‘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.’

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 Lee, U.S.