Scrivener Quick Start
3.8 (10 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.
65 students enrolled
Wishlisted Wishlist

Please confirm that you want to add Scrivener Quick Start to your Wishlist.

Add to Wishlist

Scrivener Quick Start

Give me ONE HOUR and you'lll be up and running with Scrivener - word processing & more for fiction/nonfiction writers.
3.8 (10 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.
65 students enrolled
Created by Lynn Kinnaman
Last updated 8/2014
Price: $20
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 4 mins on-demand audio
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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...
View Curriculum
  • 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.

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Writers of fiction, nonfiction, grad students, bloggers, teachers, and anyone who wants to be more productive writing and creating.
Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed
Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
Introduction to Scrivener
3 Lectures 07:49

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!

Preview 03:46

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.

Preview 03:04

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

QUIZ: Why Scrivener?
3 questions

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.

Preview 00:59
Writing & Creating with Scrivener
7 Lectures 36:09

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.

Preview 07:45

A review of the three views.

Views Review
7 questions

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.

Word Processing & Internal/External Linking

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

Review of Word Processing & Linking
5 questions

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

Labels, Status Stamps & Color Coding

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

Colors & Stamps Quiz
4 questions

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

Importing Text, Splitting Text & Review

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

Text Importing and Splitting Quiz
3 questions

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

Composition Mode, Making New Folders & Icons

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

Quiz on Composition Mode, New Folders, Icons
3 questions

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

Setting Targets, Word Frequency & Templates

A quiz on targets and word frequency, templates.

Goal targets lecture quiz
3 questions

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

The Inspector Panel

A quiz on the inspector panel lecture.

The Inspector Panel Quiz
3 questions
Other Important Features
3 Lectures 16:45
Compiling or Exporting

5 Fun & Useful Features

Wrap-Up: The 7-Minute Review
About the Instructor
Lynn Kinnaman
3.8 Average rating
10 Reviews
65 Students
1 Course
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.