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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 (either on the site or via private Facebook group)
  • 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


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

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.

Scrivener 3 Fundamentals for Mac “By George, I'm beginning to understand!”
By: Clark Farley

I'm glad I signed up for Scrivener 3. It was worth more than every penny (and more). (To borrow from an old advertising catch phrase, "To begin to see that, despite the mind-numbing complexity of this writing tool, a path to usability on my terms was possible, .... priceless." In all seriousness, this course has enabled me to imagine using Scrivener as an aid to my writing efforts. Its easy to say, 'the approach taken is simple, straightforward and clear' and I do. with total sincerity. However, in light of the monolith of the Scrivener/user interface, I can't say enough for the gift for teaching that Ms. Hernandez possesses and brings to this course. Very cool.

Excellent Teaching

Excellent Teaching even for a reluctant computer software user that I am. My education has been in Humanities (Literature/Creative Writing MFA) and Psychology (PhD).

Scrivener 3 Fundamentals for Mac
By: Mark Anderson

As always, Gwen presents material in a clear and easy-to-grasp fashion! The lessons are wonderful and help get me into working confidently in Scrivener. I'm hopeful that there will be more courses devoted to the other "parts" of Scrivener--COMPLILE, especially! A big thanks, Gwen!

Scrivener 3 for Mac
By: greyfox42

I've taken a few of your online classes in the past and not only have I enjoyed taken them but found them always most helpful and informative. Each time they become much easier to follow because of the technology you incorporate. I look forward to future classes. Thanks.