Online Creative Writing Courses

Author. Tutor. Mentor

If you’re keen to expand your writing skills, or thinking about dipping your toe into the world of online courses, look no further.

As the author of four novels and a work of non-fiction, I have a wealth of experience to share.

I am an associate tutor of creative writing at the University of Dundee, deliver courses on behalf of Lifelong Learning Dundee and have been involved with writing for wellbeing in various healthcare settings over many years.


This November!

To celebrate Book Week Scotland, join us for our online Publishing Boot Camp!

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November: Writing Just For You #2

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Delighted to be working again with the fabulous Noelle Harrison! The Lightning Draft is happening in November. Get that novel finished before Christmas! (Postponed until March 2022)

Click HERE for details. Postponed until March 2022

ALSO ‘Edit Your Novel’ Lifelong Learning Dundee Click HERE

This course is now ended but may run again in September. Let me know if you are interested

Writing Just For You

4-week Writing for Wellbeing course

We’ve been through a difficult time, and as life gradually returns to normal, it’s more important than ever to guard our mental wellbeing.

With a weekly one-hour Zoom session, and tasks to do at home, this course will gently lend you the head space to write without pressure on a variety of topics. We’ll be exploring nature, art, music journaling and mindfulness.

Be Mindful

Be Positive

Be Creative

Be Well

Live sessions each Tuesday (June 8th- June 29th)


£55 (limited to 10 places)

To book, just email me at

University of Dundee

I’m delighted to have been invited to teach on the University of Dundee’s Upskilling Scotland programme. Funded by the Scottish Govt, you are eligible for a FREE place if you are resident in Scotland and employed by a Scottish employer. Each course is a ten-week, distance learning module.



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NEW FOR 2021!



Following the success of our brand-new collaboration The Lightning Draft, Noelle Harrison and I will be teaming up again in February and we’ll be working magic in the lab with our unique blend of alchemy to help you Rewrite, Refine and Release your novel into the world. Click HERE for full info.

The Lightning Draft

I will be collaborating with Noelle Harrison, author of The Island Girls and The Gravity of Love on a new project to help you get words on the page! For full details and to book, check out Aurora Writers’ Retreats


Folklore, fiction, facts and friendship – I found it all when I took part in Sandra Ireland’s online ‘Finding Inspiration through Folklore’ course. In fact, I discovered it was so much more; there was fun, sharing, camaraderie and all the while I was learning, learning, learning.

The course materials provided were informative, easy to access and the exercises inspired me to move forward with my own research and writing. I am now hooked on looking out for stories of local folklore wherever I go!

Sandra’s calm, gentle teaching manner gave us all the confidence to share our own work. It was lovely to feel part of such a kind and supportive group. I look forward to taking part in future courses run by Sandra and would highly recommend them.

Sareen McLay, who took part in ‘Finding Inspiration Through Folklore.’

“Sandra’s generous, welcoming spirit has me returning to workshops, both in person and online, again and again. Sharing her extensive knowledge on a wide range of writing styles – novel, short story, folklore, poetry – in a calm, encouraging manner, means participants blossom and share too, leading to rich, informative classes. If you are offered the opportunity to learn from Sandra, please grasp it firmly with both hands!”


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