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The Lightning Draft & the Lightning Lab

Live stream Novel-Editing Bootcamps will return LATER IN 2021

with Noelle Harrison and Sandra Ireland

To register your interest: scottishretreat2017@gmail.com

Rewrite, refine and release your novel into the world!

Through Masterclasses, live-stream writing labs, resilience and self care classes, group writing practice, and a module on the business of being a writer, including how to get into print and marketing, we will guide you through one whole month of getting your novel written.

Most of all you will feel supported and motivated as part of our virtual writing community.

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Numbers are limited.

Any Questions?

Or want to register your interest in our next novel writing boot camp email: scottishretreat2017@gmail.com

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Sample Bootcamp Contents

WEEKLY WRITING MANTRA

Recorded meditations by Noelle designed to unlock your creativity and boost your confidence. Each week is focused on a particular mantra which ties in with our course content.

 4 x weekly  SELF CARE FOR AUTHORS

4 x weekly live stream MASTERCLASSES OR WRITING LABS 

Our Masterclasses focus on different elements fundamental to writing your novel covering topics such as conceptual development, world building, characterisation, and structure.

Our writing labs provide you with the skills to rewrite, refine and polish your novel ready for submission to publishers or to prepare for self-publication. Each week we draw upon on our own extensive experience as published authors.

THE PROFESSIONAL WRITER 

Our four week course is designed to empower you to take your writing forward, approach agents and publishers, build your profile and acquire tools to help you not only promote your writing but also administrate your writing life.

WRITE FROM THE HEART with Noelle 

4 x weekly Saturday morning live stream writing practice via Zoom. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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

Optional Extras

4 x Restorative Yoga, Meditation and Creative Writing with Noelle 

4 x The Morning Pages with Noelle  – gentle awakening yoga, meditation and writing practice.

All of our participants will receive pdf downloadable Lightning Lab planner plus weekly course notes.

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Any Questions? Or want to register your place on our next boot camp email: scottishretreat2017@gmail.com

YOUR TUTORS

SANDRA IRELAND

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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

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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 www.spacetoBE.online.

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

DAWN GEDDES

Dawn Geddes is a freelance journalist and lecturer, based in Scotland. She specialises in literary journalism and contributes to a variety of publications including The Scots Magazine as their Book Correspondent. With a background in PR and Marketing, Dawn teaches writers about the business side of being an author, showing them how to create their own brand and the best ways to promote themselves both on and offline.

You can follow Dawn on Twitter: @DawnSGeddes

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Any Questions? Or want to book your place email: scottishretreat2017@gmail.com

Testimonials

‘This has been a fantastic month. I’ve learned so much from you both and I was at a stage where I knew I needed focus. I got that. Targets were set, never in stone, so there was no pressure which was an enormous help. I learned not just to write the story, but to write more free flow which not only helped that, it made me look at different ways of expression.
The self care was not something I’d ever looked at in tandem with writing. I didn’t realise how much it’s necessary to be able to nurture yourself, take the time to say I matter. It has taught me so much and the group was amazing in its support of each other. It is a writing tribe and we all need our tribes. Thanks for your help, advice and support throughout. You have both been fantastic and are not only lovely people but are amazing teachers. I consider you both fantastic mentors.’ Angi, Scotland.
‘Thank you for the wonderful experience of the writing retreat over the last month! It truly was such a gift, and I learnt a lot – you both have such a wealth of wisdom and knowledge to share.’ Katy, Scotland
‘Thank you so much for all the things you’ve shared over the month, it has been so worth while.
You are doing a great job in supporting us novice writers.’ Gerardine, England.
  ‘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.

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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

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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

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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.

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NOELLE with our PICTURE THIS! group in Norway 2017

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

Claire Wingfield, Dunfermline, U.K.

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

Lynne Dickson, U.K.

‘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.

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VANESSA at our Yoga & Creative Writing Retreat in Edinburgh