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Scrivener 3 Compile Mastery for Mac

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Want to know how to turn your manuscript into a Word document, print-ready PDF, ebook, or other file? This course teaches you everything you need to know to compile your work in Scrivener 3. It provides the essential functions and features of compiling, and digs deep to show you how to customize your output.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • understand what compiling is.
  • be able to set up your project binder for best compile results.
  • know how to utilize section types for easier formatting.
  • understand the purpose of the Compile window’s sections.
  • be able to run through simple compile scenarios in minutes.
  • understand how to customize the Compile function for your needs.
  • be able to create drop caps, custom chapter headings, image separators, files for POD books, printed outlines, and more.


  • 45 step-by-step lessons
  • 20 instructional videos
  • Q&A with the instructor (either on the site or via private Facebook group)
  • Progress chart to keep you on track

Requirements: Scrivener 3 (trial or paid version, or willingness to download it), MacOS 10.12 (Sierra) or better, and a basic understanding of Scrivener 3.

Price: $39 Want to try before you buy? Check out the FREE lessons below.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see what other students have to say about this course.

Course Information

Difficulty: Intermediate


One-time Payment


Unlimited access with no expiration date.

Things to Know Before You Start

Introducing Compile

Preparing Your Project

Setting Up Section Types

Getting Started with Compile

Choices, Choices, Choices


Customizing Scrivener Formats

Specific Compile Scenarios and Troubleshooting

Getting More Scrivener Help

What Others Have Said

Wow! Now I Get It!
By: Elizabeth

Compiling has always been the bane of my existence. When I got to that point, I had no idea what I was doing. But now--I feel like the Compiling Queen. Gwen's course is amazing--I have no fears about wading in and compiling outlines, pdfs, galleys, and other versions of my WIP. She's given me the knowledge and the confidence to start wading in and clicking all the things. 🙂 This course is great--if you are just looking to turn in a polished looking manuscript to your agent or editor, or if you are self publishing. She teaches you all the tricks. Thank you!!!

Compile with confidence!
By: Mark Anderson

The latest version of Scrivener is wonderful in so many ways, not least of which is its Compile feature. At first glance, though, it raises the question: Where to begin? Not to worry! Gwen's new course, Compile Mastery for Mac, presents this powerful feature in an easy-to-understand fashion and explains through concise and clear language and vivid screen shots everything a writer needs to know to get his or her writing "out there." Plus, Gwen is quick to respond to any questions or concerns. I've truly discovered a wonderful resource that I can return to again and again. Gwen's classes have never disappointed, and Compile Mastery for Mac is no exception!

With Great Power…
By: Ed

...comes great complexity (sorry, Spidey!) Scrivener 3's compile functionality is massively powerful, but without a solid conceptual grounding, it can be inscrutable. Scrivener 3 Compile Mastery for Mac is a great way to explore Scrivener's most overlooked capability. By going through a series of step-wise lessons, you can learn how to transform the fruits of your writing labors into a variety of formats--from annotated drafts for that first read-through (or to share with an editor), to online, print, or ebook versions ready for the readers you're trying to reach. You already know how transformative Scrivener can be to the process of creating content. Now learn about how transformative Scrivener can be in helping you share it with the world.

Compiling for Everyone
By: DD

I hated compiling. If you use Scrivener, you know how sophicated and powerful this feature is. And scary. Really scary. Because navigating the hierarchy alone requires a sound knowledge of Scrivener's sub-level secrets. I took this course hoping I could push myself to learn enough to do the basics, and I came out on the other side *owning* it. Gwen is amazing. Everything is broken down into easy-to-digest bites. If you are a visual learner, there are lots of picture examples and videos at the end of the lessons that reinforce the material. There's well-placed humor that made me laugh when things got hard. And if I had questions, Gwen was ready to help via email. I *loved* every bit of it. The best part is I now have an amazing resource to go back and review anything I might forget. It does not get better than this, and no one does it better than Gwen.

Demystifies the new format
By: Chloe

I have written 7 books in Scrivener, and always fought with compile. When the latest version introduced was so totally different, I was ready to throw my hands up in the air and scream. Gwen's compile course was incredibly thorough and did a great job helping me make sense of all the new steps involved.