Online Classes

Scrivener Course Overview
(All are offered for both Mac and Windows in separate forums)

– Scrivener I: The Basics and Beyond, September 14-30, 2015
– Scrivener II: Intermediate and Advanced Concepts, October 19-November 4, 2015
– Scrivener Master Course: Compile, Dec 7-16, 2015

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Scrivener I: The Basics and Beyond

Date: September 14-30,  2015
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 start with the basics to 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 from the absolute beginner to those with a good basic working knowledge of 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, and will also provide two video screencasts to address common areas of confusion.

Prerequisites: Download/install Scrivener on your computer (the free trial is fine).

Topics include:

– Creating a New Project/Scrivener Overview
– Working with documents and folders: moving, renaming, splitting and merging, grouping, importing
– 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 forum, which allows me to post daily lessons in DOC and PDF for students to download, and provides a searchable, organized venue for asking/answering questions. The course also includes a weekly video screencast (recorded) where I answer student questions through an on-screen demonstration.


Scrivener II: Intermediate and Advanced Concepts

Date: October 19-November 4, 2015
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, and will also provide two video screencasts to address common areas of confusion.

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 (review and additional options) and printing synopses, index cards, and outlines

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


Scrivener Master Course: Compile

DateDecember 7-16, 2015
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 document or e-book.

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 forum, which allows me to post daily lessons in DOC and PDF for students to download, and provides a searchable, organized venue for asking/answering questions. The course also includes a video screencast (recorded) where I answer student questions through an on-screen demonstration.

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


Testimonials

“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

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“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

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“I had been using Scrivener for almost a year or so, before I took all three of Ms. Hernandez’ Scrivener classes…

Throughout, she’s been patient, happy to go over concepts and answer questions from students, and more importantly willing to go the extra mile to help us find answers and point us to additional resources.

Her classes were reasonably priced and in each of them I’ve learned things that I hadn’t known or better ways to do things with Scrivener. (As well as better ways to do something of the things that I had been doing myself.)

I could have made things much easier for myself, if I had known about her classes earlier.” ~ Jp LaFond

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“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

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Genealogist Julie Michutka talked about the class here.

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“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

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

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Harlequin Historical author DIANE GASTON plugged Scrivener and my class on her site.