Scrivener for iOS
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Scrivener for iOS

Learn to write anywhere at any time when mobile using Scrivener for iOS
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4.6 (55 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
300 students enrolled
Created by Steve Shipley
Last updated 2/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the benefits and applications of Scrivener for writers and why it is one of the best apps for writing.
  • Become accomplished at using Scrivener for iOS.
  • Develop improved writing work flows and increased productivity in writing and publishing.
  • Improve managing their writing projects, creating higher-quality work more efficiently.
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  • Students should have some interest or effort invested in writing.
  • It is helpful, but not necessary to have heard or used Scrivener desktop.
  • Students should own an iPhone or iPad and have purchased Scrivener for iOS.

This course shows you how to write anywhere, any time using Scrivener for iOS. Fans of Scrivener (and there are many of them!) have been waiting years for the iOS version to be released and it is finally here! Scrivener for iOS is a powerful writing and authoring system that is loved by writers all over the world and has been available on Mac and Windows for a long time. While Scrivener for iOS is similar to Scrivener for Mac or Windows in many ways, it has a different user interface and way of working that takes advantage of iOS and the iPad and iPhone. Learn how to use the unique features of your iPhone and iPad to use Scrivener on the go for outlining and creating your work, and editing and publishing it.  By taking this course, you will not be a better writer, but you will be better and more productive when writing! This course has 45 lessons, two hours of video, 3 quizzes and a large number of resources to download that you can use ongoing.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone looking for a better way to write and publish.
  • Existing Scrivener desktop users.
  • Writers looking for a great writing app on iOS.
  • Writers who have heard of Scrivener, but do all their writing on an iPad.
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Curriculum For This Course
45 Lectures
3 Lectures 04:30

Provides overview of Scrivener for iOS course, what it contains and you as a student are expected to get from it. A great intro as Free Preview to see if you want to signup for the course or not.

Preview 02:05

Understand and become comfortable with the unique experiences and insights Lee and I have being Scrivener developers and testers and why engaging with us will yield superior outcomes for you as a student.

Preview 01:05

Learn what you need to get started with the course and make it successful for you. This includes checking what your interests are and also being aware of the need to own the Scrivener for iOS app and an iOS device such as an iPad or iPhone.

Preview 01:20
Scrivener Overview
5 Lectures 17:03

Overview of Scrivener application and its uses and benefits for writers and how it works on iOS. Covers basic concepts and used to create familiarity with Scrivener for iOS.

Preview 02:07

Learn how to purchase and install Scrivener on your iPhone and iPads and how to connect it to Scrivener for desktop if you also use Scrivener on Mac or Windows. Also provides instruction for syncing Scrivener across your iOS devices and desktop versions.

Preview 05:11

Provides key concepts and terminology for using Scrivener from the writer's point of view. Deepens your understanding and familiarity with Scrivener's main features and UI (User Interface).

Preview 05:46

Learn how to improve your writing efficiency using Scrivener shortcuts, how to find out what shortcuts exists and how to invoke them. Provides tips to improve your writing productivity.

Scrivener Shortcuts

Learn how to sync Scrivener using Dropbox to be able to work across multiple iPhones and iPads and Scrivener for desktop systems. Provides insights to ensure you are syncing with integrity and have the confidence to use Scrivener when on the road in addition to being in the office!

Syncing Scrivener with Dropbox
Project Setup and Management
7 Lectures 16:36

Learn how to create a new writing project using three different methods and where to create you projects be it on your iOS device or Dropbox.

Creating a New Project

Learn how to save your writing project, make a copy of it and how to ensure it is safely stored.

Saving Projects

Scrivener has a number of application-wide settings you can customize to suit the way you work. This lecture reviews the editing, spelling, syncing and user interface theme settings and which ones may be right for you!

Scrivener General Settings

Scrivener also provides settings at the project level in addition to the application-wide level as all projects are different. Learn how to establish these settings to create and work with the specific needs for each of your writing projects. This lecture teaches you how to set your project up to write a novel versus a screen play for example.

Setting Project Preferences

Scrivener has a great Extended Keyboard in addition to Apple's standard iOS keyboard and allows you to define and quickly access shortcuts and develop workflows to improve your productivity several times! This lecture provides an overview of what and how to place actions on the Keyboard and how to use them to increase your writing productivity.

Setting Keyboard Preferences

Project templates are extremely useful for jump-starting a new project and being partially complete before you even start! This lecture will show you the value of templates and various structures you can define for novels, non-fiction, screenplays and so on, and how to save and use templates to improve your writing effectiveness.

Making and Saving Templates

Learn how to move a project between Dropbox and
your iOS device and how to delete a project all together when it is no longer needed.

Moving and Deleting Projects

Questions relating to creating and managing your writing projects using Scrivener.

Project Set-up and Management
4 questions
Organizing Your Work
13 Lectures 35:17

The Binder is unique to Scrivener and a powerful tools for outlining and drafting your work. This lecture provides instruction on how to structure the binder, evolve it and easily move files and folders around as you evolve your project.

Building Out the Binder

The binder can be viewed at a summary level, detail level, various levels you want to focus on when writing and also be used to quickly move, delete and reorganize files and folders. This lecture teaches you how to do that easily and comprehensively.

Viewing the Binder

This lecture teaches you how to add new section and chapters to your writing, and how to duplicate them when they are similar to another chapter as sometimes it is easier to copy and then modify. there are various ways to do this based on your writing workflow and this lecture will explore all of them.

Adding and Duplicating Folders and Files

Explains how to define and use Folder and File templates (available starting with Scrivener for iOS version 1.01) to more easily and consistently create new content. This is a great new feature and how to use it is explained here.

Adding Folders and Files Using Templates

Learn how to move folders and files (chapters and sections in your book or acts and scenes in your screen play) to a more suitable position in your outline. Also learn how to delete folders or files that are no longer needed or more suited to another manuscript. The power of Scrivener is to be able to do this as you continue to evolve your thinking on what you are writing. This powerful feature is covered in detail in this lecture.

Moving and Deleting Folders and Files

Explore the purpose and best uses for the main Draft Folder and how to structure it based on if you are writing a novel, screenplay, non-fiction work or thesis. Provides best practices and examples for each.

Draft Folder

Explore the purpose and best uses for the Research Folder base on your writing project. Using the Research Folder is one of the unique features of Scrivener that allows you to maintain everything you need to keep at hand so you no longer have to have separate physical research files, post-it notes, etc.

Research Folder

Explore the purpose and use of the Trash Folder and how to remove information from your writing without losing all together - just in case you need it later!

Trash Folder

In addition to the three mandatory Scrivener folders for your writing projects Scrivener allows you to create other ones based on your needs. This lecture presents some ideas as to when that may be useful and how to create and use them.

Other High-Level Folders

Scrivener is a great project management system for authors and uses a lot of meta data to help you manage and monitor your work. You will learn how to use Status and Labels to improve your writing management and productivity in addition to learning to review other static metadata.

Creating Metadata

In addition to application-wide and project-wide settings for your projects, you can customize the controls at an individual file or folder level. You will learn how to define specific settings to control how Folders and Files are used. This allows you to define if they exist in your compiled output or not, should be formatted as normal text or as a script, and other features regarding the user interface.

Document Settings

Before writing the actual content, it is often useful to provide a quick overview and some ideas about what you want the content to contain. Scrivener provides you strong capabilities to do that using their Synopsis and Notes areas. These can be used powerfully to make the writing of the actual content much easier. Notes can also often be used to maintain checklists when editing a file.

Synopsis and Notes

When you are serious at writing and writing to deadlines, you need to have a plaan and targets to achieve to ensure you hit those deadlines. Learn how to set and track project and daily session writing targets. Three great examples are provided for how to define and use writing targets.

Setting and Tracking Writing Targets

Questions relating to how to structure and your writing projects. 

Organizing Your Work
4 questions
Writing and Editing
10 Lectures 19:34

Become familiar with using and navigating the Editor User Interface. Learn about the Editor's features and how to invoke them.

Overview of the Editor

Learn how to enter and edit text and how to do so using full-screen and / or typewriting methods which best suits the way you like to draft. 

Typing and Editing Text

Scrivener has powerful text formatting capabilities and also allows you to format your text in the editor or when you compile your final publication. Learn the various methods for formatting text in the editor and to prepare it for publication. Covers how to define font families, highlights, size and color, alignment and also also use a numbe of Scrivener presets to make your job easier!

Formatting Text

Much of your writing may exist outside of Scrivener and you need to to get it into Scrivener to complete the job. Learn how to import text from elsewhere, be it Word, Pages or some other editor that now needs to power of Scrivener to take over. This lecture shows you how to do that quickly and easily.

Importing Text from Elsewhere

Often you need to segment larger documents into smaller ones. This lecture shows you how to do that to segment your work into chapters and sub-chapters are is required.

Splitting Text

Sometimes, it may make sense to combine a few topics into a larger presentation for a chapter or scene in a play. This lecture provides the workflow and tips to combine smaller documents into one larger one as you continue to evolve your work.

Merging Text

Scrivener provides powerful capabilities to fin and also replace text, either one text field at a time or in total if you are sure of the replacements you want to make. This lecture shows how to do that at the file and entire project levels. Learn how to invoke and use Find and Find and Replace.

Finding and Replacing Text

Scrivener provides a number of other writing tools to improve your writing. Learn how to invoke the iOS dictionary, add new dictionaries and use the Internet to find meaning of words and phrases to make sure you are describing things properly! This powerful tool is covered in this lecture.

Definition Search

Scrivener allows you to add images and links to your documents in addition to text. Learn how to embed links and images and how to format images and use links to improve the quality and speed at which you write..

Inserting Links and Images

Scrivener provides a variety of options for including footnotes, endnotes and comments in your writing, either for documentary purposes and for inclusion when created the final output. Learn how to define footnotes, endnotes and comments to ensure you get the proper treatment when you publish.

Creating Footnotes and Comments

Questions relating to using the Editor to create and edit your manuscripts.

Writing and Editing
4 questions
2 Lectures 10:38

Scrivener provides powerful scriptwriting capabilities for screen plays, documentary shorts and other types of productions that requires scripts. This lecture teaches you how to define a project to be a screenplay, how to write a script and what elements to use within your scripts..

Scriptwriting Basics

This lecture brings you step-by-step through each step in the scriptwriting process using an example project. By the end of it, you should be accomplished at using Scrivener's scriptwriting capabilities.

Creating a New Script
Compiling and Publishing
3 Lectures 13:33

This lecture teaches you how to turn your draft into a final production to be used as a printed book or other document. It covers how to invoke and use the compile function and what options to set based on the type of writing project you have been working on. It also covers Compile Appearance Presets to make the job easy for you when handling most situations.

Compiling Your Manuscript

Sometimes you may need a bit more control over your compiled output. This lecture covers how to create and modify your own Compile Appearance Presets to provide exactly the control you require and how to use variables for features such as page numbering, Chapter Headers and so forth.

Using and Defining Compile Presets

While you can use Scrivener to create and publish a book, you may often want to share the final output with someone else or have it used in a downstream application such as InDesign or Final Cut Pro. This lecture shows you the various ways to save and share your work with other people and applications.

Saving and Sharing Your Compiled Output
Where to Next?
2 Lectures 01:30

You should be an expert using Scrivener for iOS by now. However, we want to provide more information to allow you to continue your journey and continue to improve your writing. This lecture provides a list of all resources included with the course and a set of links to engage with Scrivener support and Scrivener User Communities.

Other Areas to Find Help

This lecture explains your lifetime guarantee and access to the course and how to continue to engage with me as instructor and also thank you for taking the course!

Ongoing Support
About the Instructor
Steve Shipley
4.6 Average rating
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300 Students
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Consultant, writer, publisher and trainer

Steve Shipley is a consultant, writer and business coach / trainer. He published a successful book on personal financial management in 2012 and his second book, "Wine Sense: The Art of Appreciating Wine," via his publishing company, InkIT Publishing. Additionally, Steve is passionate about writing and training and the technology that supports both. Steve is an expert with a number of related apps, including Scrivener, Videoscribe, and the Adobe Creative Cloud. He is also a regular beta tester for Scrivener on iOS, Mac and Windows.

Recently retired from full-time corporate life, Steve provides part-time advisory services to Boards and major project steering committees, but his current passion is supporting writers and the apps they use to become better writers.

Steve is also an annual judge for a prestigious IT Innovation award conducted by a major international IT research firm.