Gwen Hernandez

Author of romantic suspense. Scrivener expert.

Scrivener Courses

Online Classes

2014 Courses (See below for descriptions)

- Scrivener I: The Basics and Beyond (Mac & Windows), September 8-24
- Scrivener II: Intermediate and Advanced Concepts (Mac & Windows), October 14-30
- Scrivener Master Course: Compile (Mac & Windows), December 8-17

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Scrivener I: The Basics and Beyond (Mac & Windows)

Date: September 8-24, 2014
Length: 17 days
Price: $25

Scrivener’s greatest strength is its flexibility, but are you using this popular writing program to its full potential? This class will teach you how to customize your projects for the way you write. You’ll also learn simple but powerful tools for organizing, visualizing, revising, and sharing your work.

This workshop is for anyone with a beginning to intermediate level of experience with Scrivener. Lessons are posted Monday through Friday and may take 30-90 minutes to complete depending on your proficiency. The instructor is available for questions throughout the course.

Prerequisites: Download/install Scrivener on your computer (the free trial is fine), and at least open the program to familiarize yourself with the layout before class.

Topics include:

- Creating a New Project/Scrivener Overview
- Working with documents and folders: moving, renaming, splitting and merging, grouping
- Adding synopses and viewing them in the Corkboard
- Using and customizing the label and status fields and color coding your documents
- Working with document and project notes
- Creating references to research material, notes, and pictures
- Using split screen and full screen composition modes- Creating backups and getting help
- Understanding the basics of compiling (exporting) your work to other formats

Format: The course is conducted in a virtual classroom, which allows me to post daily lessons in DOC and PDF for students to download, and provides a forum for asking/answering questions. The course also includes a weekly video screencast where I answer student questions through an on-screen demonstration.


Scrivener II: Intermediate and Advanced Concepts (Mac & Windows)

Date: October 14-30, 2014
Length: 17 days
Price: $25

This course will take your Scrivener knowledge to the next level. Become an expert at finding anything anywhere in your project, replacing text, creating saved searches that you can use repeatedly, tracking your progress, using annotations or comments, and creating footnotes. Master the corkboard and outliner, understand how to use snapshots for version control, create your own custom templates and learn how to share them with others, and dig deeper into the compile function.

This workshop is for those who already have a solid foundation in Scrivener. Lessons are posted Monday through Friday and may take 30-90 minutes to complete depending on your proficiency. The instructor is available for questions throughout the course.

Prerequisites: Scrivener I, or a good understanding of the topics covered in Scrivener I (see course description above), and Scrivener downloaded/installed on your computer.

Topics include:

- Using advanced search and replace functions
- Creating saved searches and collections
- Tracking progress and viewing project statistics, including word frequency
- Using annotations, comments and footnotes
- Working with the Corkboard & Outliner (advanced concepts)
- Using snapshots to save older versions of your work
- Creating custom project templates
- Compiling (exporting) your work to other formats, printing synopses, index cards, and outlines

Format: The course is conducted in a virtual classroom, which allows me to post daily lessons in DOC and PDF for students to download, and provides a forum for asking/answering questions. The course also includes a weekly video screencast where I answer student questions through an on-screen demonstration.


Scrivener Master Course: Compile (Mac & Windows)

DateDecember 8-17, 2014
Length: 10 days
Price: $20

Do you love Scrivener, but get stuck when it comes to compiling (exporting) your work? This one-week compile course will cover everything you need to know to get your manuscript out of Scrivener and into a beautiful Word document, PDF, e-book, or print-on-demand file.

Topics include:
- Best practices for setting up your project file
- Handling front matter and back matter
- Understanding the different compile options and features
- Chapter auto-numbering, formatting, and saving compile presets
- Creating specific types of output: DOC/RTF, EPUB/MOBI, PDF for print-on-demand services

Format: The course is conducted in a virtual classroom, which allows me to post daily lessons in DOC and PDF for students to download, and provides a forum for asking/answering questions. The course also includes at least two video screencasts where I answer student questions through an on-screen demonstration.

Prerequisites: Either have taken Scrivener I or II, or have a good grasp of the concepts in Scrivener I (see course description above).


Testimonials

“Once again, thanks for such a great class. Your knowledge about this topic is unbelievable and your willingness to dig in and solve our tricky issues is much appreciated.” ~ Barbara Barrett (Feb ’13 student)

Genealogist Julie Michutka (Sep ’12 student) talked about the class here.

“This class has been fabulous and has truly revolutionized my writing. I appreciate the great detail and well thought-through lessons and have recommended your August class to a number of other writers.” ~ Nicole Burnham, aka Niki Burnham (May ’11 student)

“I would rate this as one of the best on-line classes I’ve ever taken. Your skills are greatly appreciated.” ~ Carol Hutchens (Aug ’11 student)

“I can’t believe I’m sad a software class is over! The way you structured your classes (just the right length, the right amount of info, homework that reinforced but didn’t bore) as well as the clear step by step logic of your lessons was incredible.” ~ Tracey Hill-Bensalem (May ’11 student)

Harlequin Historical author DIANE GASTON (Aug ’11 student) plugged Scrivener and my class on her site.

“Thanks so much for a fabulous class! You made this not only painless, but fun. I wish I could learn all my software programs this way. You rock!!!” ~ Karen (Aug ’11 student)

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