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  • Effect of having x-refs in an ebook and also on paper – different wording necessitating duplicated manuscripts
  • Starting from scratch – for visual and hands-on learners
  • Indentation of tables – not an option!
  • Editing documents
  • Format and styles management
  • Resorting items in the Binder
  • Compiling
  • Using comments / footnotes / annotations while transcribing taped interviews

12 OCTOBER 2021

  • A workflow for processing feedback where you compile to Word for a reviewer, and they provided their feedback in Word
  • Creating links to figures, and a table of contents for figures only
  • Exporting material which you want to display as 2-column text
  • Getting better organised and using Scrivener more effectively, and to its full potential


  • Creating a memoir and/or a memoir template
  • How to set up a project for a collection of short stories
  • Inserting page breaks – to make chapters start on a new page
  • Formatting issues – why what’s seen in the Editing pane is not what is output
  • Controlling what appears in the Outline view


  • Getting to know Scrivener without cutting into writing time too much
  • Using ProWritingAid with Scrivener
  • The Title page, Headings and Chapter format
  • The new menu system in Scrivener 3 (Windows users)
  • Bulk checking/unchecking of material to be included in a Compile
  • Opening documents post Compile – an easy way?
  • Setting margins while in composition mode


  • Using Scrivener in creative ways eg to create a structured list
  • Styling issues
  • Keeping track of previous drafts

25 MAY

  • Disappearing text!
  • Importing writing from S2 into S3
  • Combining several versions of the same project
  • Collections
  • Exporting to PDF
  • Setting deadlines for individual documents/chapters
  • Using Zotero
  • Compiling!
  • Importing videos and slides of classes attended
  • Turning 80 pages of existing material into a Scrivener project


  • Exporting to KDP
  • Customising page sizes
  • Creating book covers
  • Compiling issues
  • The Inspector – what’s it for?
  • Transferring projects from Scrivener 2 to Scrivener 3
  • Formatting!
  • Collections and the search function
  • Menu shortcuts
  • More formatting!
  • Picture captions – how to format them
  • Organising within the Binder
  • Footnotes and Endnotes
  • More formatting!
  • Creating an output for an editor


  • Why you might use keywords (metadata)
  • The features of Scrivener: Binder, Editing pane, Inspector ….
  • Using Scrivener to write a memoir
  • How to make imported text conform to the same format being used in the rest of a document
  • Dividing imported chapters into separate documents
  • Notecards and how to coordinate those with your files
  • What goes into the synopsis in the Inspector and how does it get there
  • Formatting and compilation options
  • Alternative sources of learning for anyone for whom the L&L videos don’t cut the mustard
  • Issues with using Scrivener’s default templates in Compile


  • Binder skills
  • Comparing two versions of a project using snapshots
  • Changing the font for a project
  • Widening the text in the Editor pane (reducing the margins!)
  • Position of the cursor when typing
  • Outputting to ebook and Kindle
  • Organising projects!
  • Working with critique partners when you have Scrivener and they don’t


  • Setting up the Binder, using elements from a default template in another project
  • Targets
  • Formatting
  • Secondary backup
  • Importing web pages
  • Images / photos an captions
  • Split screens
  • Incorporating comments from feedback partners/editors
  • Academic use of Scrivener


  • Using checkbox metadata to create to-do lists for scenes and/or chapters
  • Formatting
  • Word counts
  • Images / photos an captions
  • Viewing two pages, side by side
  • Outlines


  • Images
  • Viewing two pages, side by side
  • Protecting your WIP from power cuts, machine failure, Internet connection problems and human failures!
  • Section types
  • Corkboard
  • Compile


  • Playwriting
  • Formatting and compiling for ebook and paperback


  • Collections!
  • Choosing a font style/size for a section type
  • Tips for the writing stage: to help organise writing and the best way to use section types at this stage


  • Images needing to be incorporated for a family history book
  • Corkboard overview
  • Custom metadata for a timeline
  • Discussion between Ninette and myself about project targets


  • Inspector features
  • Deleting titles from the Open menu?
  • Creating PDFs to send to a printing company
  • Formatting for full out and indented paras
  • Creating an outline for a complicated structure – using section types
  • Searching for character mentions
  • Labels versus keywords


  • Creating folders, sub folders, document via the Binder, the Corkboard, the Outliner
  • Scrivener 2 versus Scrivener 3
  • Formatting issue: How to avoid importing material which upsets the formatting.
  • Formatting issue: How to change formatting of text in the Editing pane
  • Formatting issue: how to impose a format for new documents in this project
  • Formatting issue: how to impose a format for new documents in all future projects
  • Blocked versus indented style – how to achieve indented style with the opening paragraph full out
  • How to incorporate symbols (and emojis)
  • How to incorporate letters with accents


  • How to create cross references
  • Two compile issues: pagination and separators
  • How compile 15k words into Word Times New Roman 12 font and 1.5 spacing
  • Saving work – versus autosave versus backup
  • Section Types
  • How to make a Template for short stories collection like you have.
  • How to import a finished short story with # scene dividers into a Scrivener short story template
  • Maximizing Outliner and other functions that help outline a novel
  • Printing Outliner or exporting to Excel or another program to print
  • Developing timelines for a novel
  • Creating customized templates
  • Fast/efficient ways (or “hacks”) to maximize the value of Scrivener
  • How to format a summary outline and full MS for submission to an agent/publisher


  • Transferring an 80K word WIP from Mac Pages to Scrivener
  • Compiling: creating an ebook of poems; setting up a customised project format; section types; pagination; including titles; formatting text; vertical spacing;  ebook covers; exporting to PDF
  • Split screens / snapshots / revision mode


  • Integrating external templates eg StoryGrid so tat it becomes ones of Scrivener’s template
  • Including eg character/setting templates from another template into your new project
  • Using Scrivener for short stories
  • Outliner mode
  • Timeline for a scene
  • Save versus autosave versus backup
  • Working with ProWritingAid
  • Working on the same projects on two devices
  • How to use Scrivener to outline after you have started writing, with index cards


  • References and Bibliographies
  • Importing webpages to a document/to the Binder
  • Using Scrivener to write a play
  • Starting from the beginning
  • Collections


  • Using Scrivener for essays
  • Recovering text from a snapshot
  • Everything has disappeared!
  • How do I transfer an MP4 (part of a course) into my project?
  • Using Scrivener for non-fiction
  • Why write in scenes? Why not chapters?
  • Using Scrivener for memoir

26 MAY

  • How to save a project template
  • Annotations
  • On opening, the project template instructions
  • Page Set Up
  • When to save
  • Copy and pasting
  • Strategy for collating multiple drafts
  • ScratchPad
  • Compile – 20 slides on selection, outputting, formatting and tags

12 MAY

  • Sorting list items alphabetically?
  • How to move large chunks of text around
  • Footnotes: to be part of the automatic word count – and –  have them count towards the daily goal?
  • Using copyholders, quick references pane, bookmarks and split panes to reference other material while writing.
  • How to collaborate with colleagues and editors
  • PWA: But how do you actually integrate the program in your own workflow?
  • A comprehensive easy to navigate guidebook, ebook, or?


  • Sticking to preferred font in Editing pane
  • Creating a book from blog posts
  • Vertical spacing (padding / leading) and horizontal spacing (indentation)
  • Table of contents
  • Recovering from a messed-up default template
  • Preventing documents disappearing when moving them around in the Binder
  • How to get started!


  • In non-fiction format, creating chapters with sub-headings in each chapter
  • Copying material from Scrivener to WordPress?
  • Creating A5 document with margins of 1” for PDF?
  • Compiling hints
  • Save vs Save As vs Backup; save/autosave/backup locations + timing
  • How to create a new document, annotations, and creating chapters


  • Importing footnotes from Word
  • Inspector
  • Printing selected scenes/chapters
  • Corkboard use
  • Save vs Save As vs Backup; save/autosave/backup locations + creating versions
  • Export vs Compile – lost material?
  • Shortcut codes to use like #, etc.
  • Collaboration; Sharing a project;
  • Tables and figures;
  • Citations and using a ref manager

17 MARCH (there is a short silence at about 3 mins)

  • Revision mode!
  • Editing
  • Using the corkboard


  • Font sizes: in the Editing pane, when you output through Compile, in the binder
  • Tips for Writing and Editing
  • Scrivener 3 for Windows


  • The need for Word users to reframe their minds when working in Scrivener
  • Scrivener stupid? How to get started …
  • Tips and tricks for fiction writers
  • Using Scrivener for the editing process
  • Split screens – for writing and reference material
  • Compile: How does it work? Can you still write/edit after you’ve compiled? (YES!)
  • Using compile to output synopses


  • Setting up a novel and its revisions
  • Cross-referencing images, tables and equations
  • Moving documents within the Binder
  • Setting target word count for chapters/scenes and seeing the actual number of words written
  • How to break a book into chapters, then use the various functions, and how Scrivener saves.
  • Collections
  • Difference between Structured based and Section based docs.
  • Metadata: how others use it?


  • Importing images from the Internet
  • Composition mode
  • Autonumbering of figures and tables


  • Using Scrivener for blogging
  • Notes
  • Metadata
  • Adding images
  • Looking for hints and tips on things a new user might not know are there


  • Images: Problems with adding too many images to Scrivener?


  • Formatting
  • Putting all into eBook and paperback
  • Dimensions when trying to deal with Amazon


Too many questions! These were the ones discussed:

  • Page numbering: Page x of y
  • Controlling start/style of page numbering
  • Headers – controlling front matter
  • Compile strategy:  too much trial and error?
  • TOC issues
  • Pagination discrepancies with Kindle output
  • Chapters versus sections
  • Backing up data
  • Processing feedback
  • Excel spreadsheets – can’t be imported into Scrivener …
  • TOC page not populating …
  • Endnotes and footnotes: Importing footnotes from Word
  • Formats: fiction versus non-fiction
  • Headers, again …


No questions! So, we talked about RedPen Mentoring and other membership options.


  • Metadata – a complete overview


  • Binder structure for a memoir
  • Vertical spacing / separators


  • US English / UK English
  • Timeline .. How to achieve in Scrivener?


  • How can Scrivener help with editing?
  • Endnotes by chapter
  • Scriptwriting demo please …
  • Wrap it up to ebook, with cover to AKD?


  • Placeholders
  • Status Stamps
  • Snapshots
  • Compiling overview


  • Metadata
  • Tools to use to help with revision
  • Double spaced output
  • Blocked paragraphs after a heading
  • Indented first line elsewhere
  • Document titles within manuscript
  • Automatic numbering and cross referencing


  • Research techniques (listed last but discussed first)
  • Separators
  • Revision mode
  • How to get rid of spaces …


  • Scrivener: for beginners
  • Split screens
  • Auto numbering

28 MAY

A bumper session!

  • Scrivener –ese
  • How to start writing!
  • Understanding the icons
    Not losing documents when moving them
  • What’s the Inspector for?
  • Index cards on the Corkboard – link to Inspector
  • Searching on metadata
  • Snapshots – purpose?
  • Working with ProWritingAid
  • Keeping your work safe  – Taking backups – Working without DropBox?
  • Window/PC vs Mac tutorials/videos

14 MAY

  • When will S3 be available on Windows/PC platform?
  • Where to start – for a complete beginner?


  • Compile process !!!
  • Section layout assignment
  • Including / excluding titles
  • Setting section types


  • What are Invisibles? Why make them visible?
  • Speech to text – how does it work?
  • Using synopses, notes and labels
  • Creating and managing a file cabinet


  • Track changes? How to use with Scrivener
  • Indenting paragraphs using spaces
  • Uneven paragraph indentation


  • How do you put page numbers onto the page?
  • How can you tell what version of Scrivener you have?
  • Chapter numbers – how to format
  • How to create new folders / structure


  • Set up Scrivener so that the text is Times Roman, 12 pt and double spaced?
  • Headers and footers?
  • Scrivener tips?


  • What’s the difference between Scrivener 2 and Scrivener 3? Is it worth making the change?
  • Should you be using a PC or a Mac?!


  • Compiling with a prologue and epilogue without the automatic chapter numbering going wrong
  • Search techniques: using Boolean operators, saving as a collection
  • Naming / renaming / deleting Scrivener projects


  • More on compiling
  • A look at overall organisation: from initial idea to outline to published book!


  • Complete novice: where to start?
  • Corkboard: why does anyone use it?
  • Meta-data for multiple locations and POVs
  • Compiling


  • How to print out a synopsis
  • Importing files – some not possible?
  • Locking split panes


  • How to find Scrivener project!
  • How to get total word count before compiling
  • Publishing: Best font
  • Formatting: Best place to put page breaks


  • How to have a Prologue and then to have Scrivener auto number the chapters (correctly) thereafter
  • How to make better use of Scrivener

22 JANUARY – all about COLLECTIONS and how they are NOT METADATA, but can be used to search on metadata


  • Where to start if you’re a complete novice
  • Sources of help (online tutorials, etc)
  • Why use metadata … when planning, writing, and editing
  • Collections: how they are set up, why they are useful

8 JANUARY: Looking at Labels (metadata + changing colour), Chapter headings (shown in Scrivenings and output via Compile) and Sections (an introduction to Scrivener 3’s Section Types).



  • How I find inspiration for blogging / writing


  • What to do if you’ve run out of time and only have three days left to hit 50K
  • How to succeed at NaNoWriMo … directions!
  • What happens after NaNoWriMo …


  • Why I write scenes and don’t group into chapters until I have completed the first draft
  • Using Outliner to check progress and to determine which scene to tackle next
  • If you get stuck mid-NaNo, running out of words to write, how can Scrivener help?
  • What happens after NaNoWriMo?


  • Lots on using the Outliner: to see progress to date against targets set
  • Copying and pasting your manuscript / outline into Notes (or similar) and accessing via other devices eg iPad so you can write on the go during NaNo (without setting up syncing)
  • Swapping between templates eg if you set up as a non-fiction but are writing a novel, and vice versa

6 NOVEMBER  More on images in Scrivener text documents; importing text using copy and paste; annotations; validating the NaNo word count


  • How to set up a Scrivener project so you can finish an unfinished novel, without cheating at NaNo.
  • Selecting contiguously and non-contiguously!
  • Having more than one window open on your screen – window control …
  • Images – pulling them into a Scrivener project from the Internet


  • Why use Scrivener for NaNo?
  • Where do I start (complete novice)?
  • Where can I get help?

16 OCTOBER: Mostly NaNo related topics:

  • How to set up a new account on the NaNo site
  • How to enter your novel information
  • How I created my cover image


  • Should you attend the next series since it looks like it’s all about NaNo? (Answer = YES!)
  • When will Scrivener 3 be available for Windows? (Answer = no idea?)
  • Research and how to pull in images from the Internet.

2 OCTOBER: Technical issues so the slides are a bit behind my voiceover … but only three very simple topics: Frontmatter; Searching and getting back to the binder; Finding files!

25 SEPTEMBER: Exporting to different formats; Compiling; Formatting; Fonts; Editing

18 SEPTEMBER: Several topics

  • Tables
  • Using collections/split panes with editing tools eg ProWritingAid
  • Organisation: Starting a new project
  • Organisation: Setting up a compile for alternative requirements


  • Controlling the onscreen appearance
  • Using collections/split panes
  • Setting up structured character sketches
  • The best fonts to use
  • Editing tools
  • Levels/icons in the binder
  • Making Status stamps visible

4 SEPTEMBER Several topics:

  • The need for activation – don’t close Scrivener!
  • Moving material around (binder, corkboard, outliner)
  • Formatting
  • Page breaks
  • Printing out the synopses
  • Finding projects using spotlight
  • Outlining / corkboard views

17 JULY Three topics: all about the Corkboard; the concept of global tasks (‘big picture’ and ‘devil in the detail’); editing tools – ProWritingAid, AutoCrit and Grammarly

10 JULY All about project templates and scriptwriting in particular

3 JULY For beginners, where to start, where to get help. For those already using Scrivener, how to improve your use of Scrivener. Strategies for success!

26 JUNE Practical considerations: Software licence rules for Scrivener; Syncing … don’t – keep it simple and work to suit you physically and mentally; Backups


My MO (modus operandi) using various Scrivener features to write a novel, editing the first draft (as per recent blog posts) and then on to finished manuscript, ready for publication


The ‘big’ picture – how it fits together (demo later in the recording); Formatting features that are provided in Word – also available in Scrivener; Quickest way to learn Scrivener?


Outliner versus the Corkboard; Messaging – why use footnotes?; the Research folder

29 MAY All about the corkboard

22 MAY  Still experiencing connection problems so no webcam for this recording. Topics discussed:

  • Issues of incompatibility of the Clipboard between sources of text (Facebook comments, webpages/forms) and Scrivener; how to get around this!
  • The Ideas folder in the Non-fiction template. You need to add documents before adding your ideas within them.
  • Changing icons for folders and documents as an aide memoire
  • Re blog post on creating chapters, discussion on the purpose of chapters in a novel, how long they should be, how many … the need to stick to scenes while writing the first draft, when you are still not sure of best order of scenes … iterative process (finite!) in determining the correct order.

15 MAY A delayed start due to technical problems so a shortened session covering three topics:

  1. How does the Ctrl Z (Undo) work and does it work when adding/deleting footnotes? (Yes!)
  2. Using Compile to export character sketches
  3. Pulling in images from various sources to the Research folder

24 APRIL Two big/broad questions:

  1. Explain templates, style, metadata and compiling – I did an overview!
  2. Compiling to Word: I explained formatting, the concept of parts. chapters and scenes (and levels) and how to create a TOC


After a slow start due to my Powerpoint crashing (so you can skip the first 2 mins), there is a full hour tackling four topics:

  • Setting up a TOC (table of contents) using Copy Special / Copy Documents as TOC – see this blog post too
  • Metadata: making best use of the Label
  • Compiling – the importance of setting up a Compile Preset – see this blog post too
  • Transferring a novel from Scrivener 2 on a Windows machine to Scrivener 3 on a Mac – using Import and Split


A short session (20 mins) including a peak inside Scrivener courses that I’ve enrolled on.


We discussed compiling generally, dragging images into a Scrivener project, creating a Table of Contents, and controlling page breaks. I explained what ‘levels’ mean in Scrivener 2: essential to look at the position of a document/folder in the Binder and the icons. I also showed how to export to Word, and to add line numbers to a Word document.


  • What to choose when ready to compile and format
  • Corkboard – what does it do?
  • Importing from Word; import and split
  • Splitting documents into two


  • Scrivenings
  • Snapshots
  • Writing scientific articles
  • Stick with S2 or learn S3?


  • Highlighting text
  • Different views: of text, structure and metadata
  • What does Scrivener do?!
  • Outlining a book
  • Backing up to DropBox
  • Compiling
  • Using collections


  • User interface terminology


  • Basic functions of Scrivener
  • Adding page numbers
  • Importing into Scrivener 3


  • So much change (Scrivener 2 to Scrivener 3) … how can I absorb everything?


  • How can Scrivener help a non-fiction writer?
  • How can Scrivener help a novel writer?
  • How can Scrivener help a script writer?
  • How to cope with memory failure!