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Free Scrivener Webinar: Learn How to Use Scrivener to Superpower Your Writing

Free Scrivener Webinar With Joseph Michael Scrivener Coach

If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you may have heard my excited geek squeaks about my recent discovery of the über-amazing, just-for-writers word processor Scrivener. I have absolutely fallen in love with this incredible program, and I’m thrilled to be able to bring all of you an exceptional opportunity. Joseph Michael, the World’s Greatest Scrivener Coach, is generously offering to share his wonderful Scrivener webinar with us FREE.

If you’re interested in learning more about how Scrivener can make your writing easier (and better!), be sure to sign up for the fun. The webinar will air next Thursday, August 28, at 4 PM EDT.

Free Scrivener Webinar K.M. Weiland Joseph Michael

What Is Scrivener?

Scrivener is a turbo-powered, super-organizational word processor. Unlike Word, it is designed specifically for writers (primarily fiction authors, but it definitely works well for nonfiction as well), which means it thinks like a writer. It anticipates our needs by allowing us to keep multiple files at our fingertips, all in one handy master source file. Even better, it makes it almost effortless to arrange and rearrange scene and chapter order.

Add to that the handy nooks for keeping notes prominent, allowing an at-a-glance “corkboard” for ideas, keywords, superior export abilities, the opportunity to compare different drafts—and honestly it’s hard for me to think of anything this program doesn’t have (except maybe a way to keep track of the time that’s passed in scenes).

Why I Now Use Scrivener

For years, I heard about how great Scrivener was. Friends and folks on Facebook and Twitter raved about this program. There wasn’t a lukewarm opinion in the bunch. But I kept putting off buying it. I was using the free organizational software yWriter, and my attitude has always been “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But this spring, after yet another question from Wordplayers wondering if I knew anything about Scrivener, I decided to give it a try.

And, boy, am I ever glad I did!

Scrivener blew my mind. Its ability to organize notes, scenes, chapters, pictures, even multiple documents all in one handy “writing studio” is incredible. Add to that the fact that it’s customizable as heck and offers opportunities for exporting slick e-book files? Honestly, what’s not to geek out about?

The really great thing is that Scrivener is extremely reasonably priced at just $40. You can’t even buy Microsoft Word for that!

How I Use Scrivener

So far, my experience with Scrivener has been entirely with outlining. I started using it at the same time I started outlining my historical superhero work-in-progress Wayfarer. I’m currently in research mode with this story and haven’t started the first draft yet, so I can’t comment on precisely how the actual writing experience will go for me (if it’s anything like the outline process, it should be fantastic).

But here’s a peek at how I’ve been using Scrivener to organize my story so far. (Click the images for a bigger view.)

How K.M. Weiland Uses the Scrivener Binder for Outlining and Writing

 How K.M. Weiland Uses Scrivener for Research Notes, Outline Notes

Why You Should Definitely Take Advantage of the Free Scrivener Webinar

If you already own Scrivener or are considering purchasing it, then Joseph’s webinar is a tremendous opportunity. Scrivener is such a powerful program that its potential for helping us be better writers is something many of us have barely tapped.

Joseph’s webinar will show you:

  • How to Get Up & Running With Scrivener Quickly: So you can write faster as well as organize your manuscript more effectively.
  • Simple Tricks for Organizing & Working With All of Your Writing Using the Binder: Let Scrivener do the heavy lifting for you and save you hours of precious time.
  • How to Export Your Book Into Various Formats Including .Mobi, .ePub, .PDF, Doc, & more: No other tool handles the exporting of your manuscript with such precision and flexibility. You’ll learn how to export like a pro and feel confident in your finished product whether it’s for publishing or printing for revisions and critiques.
  • How to Edit & Save Every Single Version of Your Work (Worry Free): Never worry about losing your “writing gold” ever again. Learn how to master the art of the rewrite and save every single version of your work.
  • A Few Jaw-Dropping Tips & Tricks to Wow Your Peers With: Most people only use a tiny fraction of Scrivener’s true capabilities. You’ll learn some ninja tips and tricks that make a writer’s life so much easier.

Even better, Joseph’s going to be giving a free mind map and an eighteen-page PDF with a step-by-step plan for writing a book in thirty days.

Even if you can’t make it to the live event on Thursday, be sure to register anyway. You’ll still be able to access the replay and the special offers.

As you can probably tell, I’m greatly anticipating Joseph’s presentation. I’m planning on being a Scrivener Super Ninja by the time he’s done! Hope to see you there!

(And, by the way, I’m in no way affiliated with Scrivener. I just love it!)

Free Scrivener Webinar K.M. Weiland Joseph Michael

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About K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland

K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.

Comments

  1. Hi. I have owned Scivener for a couple of years, but never take the time to really learn it, because it does have a learning curve. Thanks for this opportunity, because it puts me in the position to make myself take the time and I do really like it. I am just stuck in what I am used to doing and know how to do. I am signed up and excited to see this.

    Juneta at Writer’s Gambit

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      I won’t claim I’ve mastered Scrivener (trusting Joseph to help me to do that!), but I will say that, so far, its learning curve has been entirely worth it. It simplifies the organization of writing so much and lets me focus on just the really important stuff: writing!

  2. I’ve signed up and spread the word to my readers. Looking forward to it!

  3. thomas h cullen says

    I don’t imagine I’ll be part of the experience, but I will say good luck. (I’m sure however of your being perfectly equipped.)

  4. This is a great opportunity. I’ve heard a lot of raves about Scrivener but never tried (though I’ve been thinking about doing so when I start a new novel). I’ve signed up but won’t actually be able to attend live because I’ll be at work, but the recording will be available afterwards, right?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Yes! You’ll receive an email with a link to the replay recording – probably a few days after the live webinar.

  5. I’m really looking forward to this seminar! I got Scrivener about a year ago when they offered a 30-day Free trial (which they still do, by the way) and knew within an hour that I would be buying the full version.
    It is way easier to use than any other word processor in terms of organizing your work and autosaving backups. I know I’ve not even scratched the surface of its capabilities, though. Can’t wait to become a ninja!

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      There is definitely a learning curve, but I got a handle on the basics after an hour or so browsing the videos on the Literature and Latte site. But I know I’m just scratching the surface the program’s potential. I feel fortunate to get to learn from a pro like Joseph too!

  6. I’ve signed up, though hesitant because it may be more program than what I need.

    Like using a samurai sword to open letters… yes, letters… those analog packets of paper that contain everything from correspondence to magazine subscriptions… (though those usually get tossed right away).

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Hah! If you’re unsure, I think Joseph’s presentation will be a great way to help you decide if you want to proceed further with Scrivener or not. I *still* believe if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But so many writers discover tools they didn’t even know they needed until they learned Scrivener could provide them. That was definitely true for me.

      • Thank you for the assurance. It brings to mind another adage which goes something along the lines of… “Why work hard when you can work smart?”

        Looking forward to it. 🙂

  7. I thoroughly agree with everything you’ve said about Scrivener and wrote a much-read blog post on my experience some time back. With the time difference here in Ireland I doubt I’ll catch the live event but look forward to watching it later to refresh my Scrivener experience. eGreat idea 🙂

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Yeah, gotta love international timezones! But I’m glad you’ll be able to catch the replay.

  8. I’ve had Scrivener for awhile now and absolutely love it, but am always looking for new tricks or to see how others set it up. Will this webinar also be geared towards Windows users? Most workshops and blogs tend to focus on Mac…so disappointing to learn a new trick and find out it only works with the Mac version 🙁

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      While Joseph does use Scrivener for Mac, I know he chooses to discuss aspects that are mostly parallel with the PC version. There will, of course, always be small differences, but since the recent update of Scrivener for Windows, there are far fewer of those. When there is a difference though, he always does his best to point it out along the way.

  9. It’s very cool that you are getting into Scrivener. I just discovered it 2 weeks ago and am still very much in the honeymoon phase! One day I was at Staples looking to buy Post-It’s and a whiteboard to use for plotting purposes and then the very next day I found myself downloading the Scrivener trial! I haven’t thought about Post-It’s again since that day!

    I took to the structural tools (Corkboard, Outliner) immediately. The implementation makes perfect sense.

    What I am still wrapping my mind around though are the various things revealed by the Inspector: Labels, Status, Keywords, meta-data, etc. There is so much useful potential and flexibility in these things that I am at a complete loss as to how to start using them. Hopefully these areas will be covered in the webinar!

    Jim

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Yes! I’m really looking forward to learning more those things myself. “Honeymoon phase” is a good way to describe my feelings about it too right now. 😛

  10. Hi there 🙂
    Sorry if I ask, but is there any chance you’ll do a webinar for other writing programs too? I don’t use Scrivener, I use a different program which I really like, but I too think I’m just using the basic and would like to lear more about it.
    Just asking 🙂

  11. I love Scrivener too! It’s amazing and makes writing that much more fun. 🙂 I signed up for the webinar. I’ve been experimenting on all the cool stuff you can do with Scrivener, but I’m hoping for more helpful tips on how to use it more effectively. I’m excited!

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      As if writing could be more fun! 😉 But, no, I totally get what you’re saying. I love technological wonders like this.

  12. Hi
    I’ve signed up but due to time zone differences, not sure if I’ll make it for the live webinar.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Great, Michelle! And you’ll be receiving a link to the recorded replay (sometime in the next couple of days), so you can listen whenever you’d like.

  13. I joined a few minutes late. Where can I access the live chat?

  14. What a great course! I learned so much! Thank you so much for doing this. I just wish I could’ve seen the chat log. I logged in a few minutes late because I get home from work at 4PM. I might have missed on how to get into the chat.

    Anyway, thanks for the course. I hope there will be more.

    Don

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      So sorry you missed the chat. But thanks for participating! I’m so glad you enjoyed the course. I learned a ton myself.

  15. Thank you so much for the opportunity to join the Scrievener webinar. Due to time zone differences it was late at night, but it was worth every minute without sleep!
    Even for an non-native speaker it was easy to follow and I’ve learned so much – first of all that I know next to nothing …

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Excellent! I’m so glad you were able to join. We had folks from all over the globe. It was wild!

  16. As usual, I enjoyed yet another offering from the Wonderful World of Weiland. Thank you both for a great webinar! I would’ve commented sooner but I’m swamped with school (French, Spanish, and Creative Writing). Just this week, I had papers due in three different languages. It’s keeping me on my toes.

    Mea culpa if this has been answered or it’s somewhere that I’ve completely overlooked, but did I miss the link to the mindmap and 18pg pdf ? I’m grateful the Ninja course is self-paced. I’ll be Scrivenering up my weekends for the next little while.

    Cheers,

    Tonette

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      So glad you enjoyed the webinar! I learned bunches myself. The mindmap and pdf would have been on the thank-you-for-registering page, which would have been linked to in your confirmation email. If you no longer have that email or still experience difficulty accessing the freebies, let me know and I’ll contact Joe about it.

      • It’s bizarre but I don’t have the confirmation email in my inbox or other folders. I do have a couple reminder emails that tell us how to join the event and the replay/freebie email, but the one in question is MIA.

        Thank you in advance for contacting Joe about it. I’m not sure how that happened.

        Cheers,

        Tonette

        • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

          I think a couple other people had troubles getting that email. I’ll contact Joe and see what he says.

  17. Scott Williams says

    Hi,

    I was reading about the Scrivener webinar and realise that I’ve missed it by months. Is there a recorded version I can watch?

    cheers,

    Scott

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Regarding the webinar replay, unfortunately, that was available only for a limited time and has now expired. Same with the discount, which was only available to participants in the webinar for a five-day period after the webinar.

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