Scrivener Quick Start

Give me ONE HOUR and you'lll be up and running with Scrivener - word processing & more for fiction/nonfiction writers.
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2014 English

Course Description

Learn Scrivener in a hour.

Even if you've tried it before and given up, it's probably not your fault. I read many books and instructions and still found it frustrating. That's because I needed to see how to apply the features of Scrivener to my work, so I build the course I'd wished I could find.

How is it different? This course offers real examples of actual writing situations where you can benefit from Scrivener's tools and start using them today.

You'll see how the different features can save you time and frustration by streamlining tasks and putting the references you need at your fingertips, meaning less time looking for lost information and more time writing.

There are 12 lectures, some with short quizzes, and you can move through at your own pace and revisit lectures when you choose. If you don't have Scrivener yet, you can download a free trial for Mac or PC (info in Lecture #3).

As an added bonus, I've created a Quick Reference Sheet for the course, defining common terms and indicating which Lecture addresses them. You can find that in the downloadable handout section.

You'll want to take this course if you are ready to take your writing and your productivity to the next level. Whether you are beginning your writing career or already are well established, whether you are writing fiction, nonfiction, a thesis, blogs or teaching materials, Scrivener can help you by providing resources you need from within one program.

A powerful system, Scrivener has features beyond what can be covered in an hour, but if you want to understand it and use it now, this is the course for you.

What are the requirements?

  • Download and install Scrivener on your computer. There is a trial version available for both Mac and PC.
  • You should have a basic understanding of word processing and familiarity with computer terms like "select", "click", "delete", etc.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the By the end of this course you will be able to
  • write and edit in the editor window
  • import existing text into Scrivener
  • use labels, status stamps and keywords to organize and retrieve information
  • set target goals and analyze word frequency
  • create character and setting/location profile sheets
  • include photos in descriptions for files
  • view your work in composite, outliner and index card modes
  • include internal and external reference links
  • view split-screen, take snapshots and compare documents
  • use colors and icons to identify elements
  • and more...

Who is the target audience?

  • Writers of fiction, nonfiction, grad students, bloggers, teachers, and anyone who wants to be more productive writing and creating.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to Scrivener

I love Scrivener - today - but when I first tried it I was frustrated. I wanted to see how Scrivener worked in a real application, but most instruction focused on the technical mechanics.

I wondered: why would I want to use labels? Status stamps? Keywords? Links?

I decided to create a course that addressed those things from a writer's view. I hope you enjoy it!


This video explains what makes Scrivener more than a word processor, and specifically for writing, by describing some of the ways information can be organized and retrieved.

3 questions

This quiz reviews what was covered in the lecture "What is Scrivener".


If you do not have Scrivener you can download a trial copy (30-days) for either Mac or PC. This class is taught using a Mac version, but the PC is very similar.

Viewing tip: if the video looks fuzzy change the resolution, found at the bottom of the screen where it says HD, and use 720.

Section 2: Writing & Creating with Scrivener

There are three views, three ways to see your content in Scrivener: the composition (editor) window, the outliner and the index cards. This lecture discusses each of them.

7 questions

A review of the three views.


Scrivener has many of the typical word processing features you are probably using in Word or Pages, but there are additional features that help you organize, identify and retrieve your writing, resources and references.

5 questions

A quiz on using links, writing and editing in the editor window.


How to use the labels, status stamps and colors to manage and categorize your content.

4 questions

A quiz on the use of labels, status stamps and color coding.


How to bring your existing manuscript or text into Scrivener, how to split them into chapters or scenes.

3 questions

A review of how to import your text and how to divide it into chapters or scenes to work with in Scrivener.


How to use the compostion mode, with an uncluttered screen, choose your own background, make new folders and files, change icons.

3 questions

Review of the composition mode, making folders and files and changing icons.


How to set goal targets for number of words, setting a deadline date, analyzing word frequency and making new templates.

3 questions

A quiz on targets and word frequency, templates.


The inspector panel contains many useful features such as a notetaking area, linking location, synopsis and image window, status stamps, labels, comments and more.

3 questions

A quiz on the inspector panel lecture.

Section 3: Other Important Features
Compiling or Exporting
5 Fun & Useful Features
Wrap-Up: The 7-Minute Review

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Instructor Biography

Lynn Kinnaman, Writer, Educator, Website Designer, Technology Consultant

Lynn Kinnaman has been a published writer for several decades, with nonfiction books, magazine and newspaper articles. Her essays and stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and the upcoming Anthology of Cozy Noir.

Lynn organizes and hosts the annual Get Published Conference for Writers in Bozeman Montana where she gathers experts and best-selling writers for a day of learning, sharing and community.

In addition to writing and publishing her own work, Lynn’s been a Project Manager for a three-book series for a small publisher, a Marketing Director for a national corporation, an Account Manager for an international marketing company and Communications Director for a software developer.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in English/Education and is an instructor for Adult Education in the Bozeman School District. Writing is her passion.

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