Date: November 1 - 30, 2017
Instructor: Patrick Haggerty
As writers, we’ve all spent time hunched over a keyboard trying to get our thoughts into some word processor. Word processors such as Word and Pages work ok when it comes to writing fiction but their focus is much more on processing your words (layout, font, headers, footers, etc) than on the creative process. Enter Scrivener.
Scrivener is the premier application for the creation of novels, novellas, and like works. It allows you to write your story the way you want and helps you integrate your research, planning, writing, etc. all into one tool. This course will teach you, the writer, how to best use Scrivener for everything from planning your scenes to generating output for your publisher.
Lectures will be presented using recorded videos so you can hear and see as your instructor explains and demonstrates everything you need to become effective with Scrivener. Each lecture will be announced through the email list and will be accompanied by a brief timeline. Students will then be able to use the same forms/list to ask questions, discuss lectures, etc. Lectures will be given on both Mac and Windows versions of Scrivener wherever substantial differences in the interface are present.
I opened Scrivener and it is absolutely nothing like Word
• Why that’s a good thing
• Getting around the interface
• Learning enough to get writing now
• Starting a new novel
• Editing basics
I can’t just start writing, I need to plan first
• Capturing your plan and synopsis
• Setting up the Corkboard
• Using and organizing notecards
I need to get my chapters and scenes organized, my way
• Organizing and reorganizing with the Binder
• Creating parts, chapters, and scenes
• Sorting things the way you want
• Mapping into a template
• Editing options and views
Whew, my book is ready, now how do I get it out?
• Compiling to the final output
• Controlling formatting
• Compiling to PDF
• Compiling for Kindle
• Revisiting the template and formatting options
I’ve lost work before and now I’m paranoid, how can Scrivener help?
• Configuring Scrivener’s automated backup
• Backing up to the cloud (Dropbox) automatically
• A little Lagniappe before you go
After a failed attempt at college and four years in the USMC learning to be a better apex predator, Patrick Haggerty attended Georgia State University where he studied to be an Actuary. Not a very romantic or literary major, but a good paying one. He started consulting on software development and design in 1995 and has spent most of the time since developing and delivering technical training courses for Learning Tree International.
In 2004, while stuck reading a mediocre book in yet another hotel, Patrick decided to try his hand at writing fiction. He may not be published but these days you are much more likely to find him spending his evenings writing romance, than code. Patrick is an active member of RWAmerica, RWAustralia, RW New Zealand, is President of his local RWA chapter and Director of Virtual Meetings for Outreach International RWA.