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Scrivener 3 Fundamentals for Mac course is live

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My new course, Scrivener 3 Fundamentals for Mac is now live at ScrivenerClasses.com. For $39, this course provides the essential functions and features of Scrivener 3 that you need to get started writing. Valuable for plotters, pantsers/discovery writers, fiction and nonfiction, long or short stories, blogging, or whatever else you’re writing.

By the end of Scrivener 3 Fundamentals, you’ll be able to:

  • create and setup a project that works for your writing style or type of project.
  • rename and rearrange chapters, scenes, sections of your manuscript.
  • work with the Corkboard to plot or preview your manuscript’s structure.
  • find anything in your project.
  • backup your work and find/use a project backup.
  • compile to a Word document.
  • find help when you need it.

Includes:

  • 48 quick, step-by-step lessons
  • 15 instructional videos
  • Q&A with the instructor (either on the site or via private Facebook group)
  • 10 cheat/review sheets
  • progress chart to keep you on track

I’m moving this week, but I’ll be checking in at least once a day to answer student questions. Happy writing!

Scrivener 3 and a FREE mini-course

Scrivener 3 for Mac is here! To celebrate, I’ve created a free mini-course to help you transition from Scrivener 2 that covers what’s moved (with a downloadable table of menu commands), what’s changed, and what’s new.

In addition, I’ll be rolling out new Scrivener 3 for Mac courses over the next few weeks. I’m going to be taking a slightly different approach this time around, while offering the same style of teaching that you’ve told me you love. I hope you’ll check them out. To make sure you get notified when new classes are live, you can join my newsletter, follow this blog, or check ScrivenerClasses.com from time to time.

Windows users: There’s still good news. The Scrivener 3 for Windows public beta released today as well, and the full software is due next year. When the time comes, I’ll have classes for you too. 😉

Building a better Scrivener course

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In late December, I began a search for a better way to teach my online Scrivener courses. Honestly, I’m always trying to improve, but this time I wanted to take a big leap forward.

I was looking for a way for students to sign up any time of the year and start taking the course immediately, while still allowing me to interact and answer questions. I wanted a platform that would be easy to navigate, let me incorporate video into the lessons that need it most, deliver content in easier-to-digest bites, look great on mobile devices, and make learning more fun.

I found one that hits just about all of my criteria, and I’m working hard to get it set up. But, holy cow, it’s taking W-A-Y longer than I anticipated. I won’t be rolling it out this weekend (as I had originally hoped), but my goal is to have everything running smoothly for the Scrivener Intro courses by mid February. Which was when I had planned to offer those courses again anyway.

Now that I know what I’m up against, I’m confident I can meet that goal.

The changes are a lot of work, but I’m having fun with it. I love digging into the tech side, thinking about how to make Scrivener easier to learn, and how to provide a better experience for everyone.

And I’m excited about launching the new site because it’s seriously going to take the learning experience up a notch.

My Scrivener newsletter subscribers will be the first to know when it’s ready to roll (at a discount for early birds), so if you don’t want to miss out, be sure to sign up today.

I hope your new year is going well. Keep writing and reading and enjoying every day!

Scrivener winter/spring classes open for registration

Online course graphicAll winter/spring online Scrivener courses are open for registration right now, up through the first day of class.

For the full scoop on curriculum and format, see my online course page. Ready to sign up now? Click one of the links below to register. 🙂

Scrivener I: The Basics and Beyond
Date: February 23-March 11, 2015
Length: 17 days
Price: $25
CLOSED

Scrivener II: Intermediate and Advanced Concepts
Date: March 30-April 15, 2015
Length: 17 days
Price: $25
Mac | Windows

Scrivener Master Course: Compile
Date: May 11-20, 2015
Length: 10 days
Price: $20
Mac | Windows

Scrivener Compile courses start December 8th!

Online course graphicHappy Thursday! I’m flying to California tomorrow to present a Scrivener workshop for the San Francisco Area Romance Writers of America chapter on Saturday. Wanna attend? Click here for more information.

Also, in case you’re not on my newsletter list, I just announced that my next round of Scrivener Master Course: Compile classes are open for registration. Yay! The classes start December 8th. Maybe an early holiday gift to yourself? 😉

Also, there’s still time to sign up for Scrivener II: Intermediate and Advanced Concepts (Mac & Windows), which starts Tuesday. (Oops! My newsletter had the day incorrectly listed as Monday. This is why writers have editors… *sigh*)

Anyway, here’s the lowdown on the Compile courses, and you can get more information on all of my class offerings on the Scrivener Courses page.

If you have a long holiday weekend—and even if you don’t—enjoy!


Scrivener Master Course: Compile (Mac & Windows)
Date: December 8-17, 2014
Length: 10 days
Price: $20

Click the appropriate button below to register now.

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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 one video screencast 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 on class page).

Scrivener courses and a winner

OnlineClassesI was hoping to have Scrivener course registration links ready for you today, but there’s been a delay. As soon as the courses are open for registration, I’ll be sure to post about it here. Both the Mac and Windows classes will start February 24th.

The best way to make sure you don’t miss the announcement is to subscribe to my newsletter. It only goes out a few times a year to announce new online courses, my workshops, and book news. Or, if you enjoy my posts, follow the blog (click the Sign Me Up button on the righthand sidebar). I generally post once a week, on Wednesdays.

We’re gearing up for the holidays at my house, which basically means getting ready to relax. I can’t wait to have my husband and boys all to myself for the next week or two.

And speaking of the holidays (and hence gifts), I promised one commenter from last week’s post on gifts for writers a signed copy of Scrivener For Dummies….

The winner is: Heather G. Richard.

Congratulations, Heather! I hope you get those fingerless gloves too. 😉

Everyone have a wonderful holiday season and a fabulous start to the new year!