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Scrivener 3 Fundamentals for Mac

Enroll anytime for indefinite access to lessons, videos, and the class instructor for questions. 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 this course, 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.


  • 48 quick, step-by-step lessons
  • 15 instructional videos
  • Q&A with the instructor (via lesson comments)
  • 10 cheat/review sheets
  • 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 

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: Beginner


Course Instructor

Gwen Hernandez Gwen Hernandez

This author of romantic suspense has been helping people learn Scrivener through books, classes, workshops, and private training since 2010.

One-time Payment


Unlimited access with no expiration date.

Things to Know Before You Start

Creating a New Project and Scrivener Introduction

Writing in the Editor

Working with Documents and Folders

Understanding the Binder

Planning Your Project with the Synopsis and Corkboard

Finding Anything in Your Project

Protecting Your Work with Backups

Compiling (Exporting) Your Manuscript

Getting More Help

What Others Have Said

Detailed, clear, and thoughtfully planned
By: Wendy LaCapra

This course was thorough and thoughtfully planned. I'd been using Scrivener for several months before taking the course but the course material opened up features & uses that are already transforming not only how I use Scrivener, but also how I write.

By: Larry Hutchinson

I will say I learned more than I ever thought I could learn. Thank you for taking all of the time to put together this class. I have a new Macbook and have been learning it while I also have been learning your materials. Your Compile course is next. Larry

Guru of Scrivener
By: Lora Arbrador

I was watching a lot of youtubes and reading blogs to try to get a handle on how to use Scrivener. I came across Gwen's name as the go to person for all things Scriv. So I decided, "Why not go with the best?" Gwen knows Scrivener from the inside out and although she is master of its complexity, she has a way of simplifying its use so that I was able to teach myself (that's what it felt like) by going through her online course. Plus any questions I had Gwen responded in lightening fast time. I'm now happily working on my three books in Scrivener and feeling competent and enjoying all the benefits that Scriv has to offer.

Best Class Ever
By: Garret Weyr

I have tried to teach myself Scrivener many times and failed many times. Thank you so much for putting this class together so that I could grasp why so many love this software. I can't wait to dive in. And the face that I can go back into the course and look things up is a God-send. Thank you so very much!

Easy to follow course
By: Monika Page

I don't think you could have been more clear. Everything was well explained and the video tutorials were a great summary of the topic being handled. Having done your course, I now have a good basic understanding of how I can use Scrivener and can't wait to apply all that I have learned to future projects. It is without a doubt a new step in my writing process.