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) (low income rate)

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:


 ‘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

‘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.


VANESSA at our Yoga & Creative Writing Retreat in Edinburgh