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“Level Up Your Writing with Scrivener” with Matt Herron

March 28, 2020 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

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Learn how to use the popular software to organize your writing life.

Scrivener is the go-to writing software for New York Times #1 bestselling novelists, award-winning academics, biographers, screenwriters, and many more. Whether you write how-to books by the seat of your pants, or need to plot a complex novel even Leo Tolstoy would call a doorstopper, this class will show you how to do with Scrivener. At its simplest, the software can be used as an alternative to Microsoft Word (or any other text editor for that matter). But you’ll soon see that it packs a lot more power under the hood.

In this class, you’ll learn how to

  • Navigate and make sense of Scrivener’s interface
  • Customize your writing environment to your heart’s content
  • Structure your manuscript with files and folders
  • Use built-in tools to level up your writing skills
  • Use built-in tools to optimize your productivity
  • Export your work for editing or publishing
  • Other tips and tricks of the trade.

This class is designed with beginner to intermediate Scrivener users in mind. Please come with Scrivener installed on your laptop so that you can follow along. If you do not yet have Scrivener, learn more about the program and get a 30-day free trial by clicking here.


  • You’ve started using Scrivener and want to take full advantage of its tools.
  • You’re trying to juggle parts and drafts of a book in Microsoft Word.
  • You’re writing a book in any genre.


M.G. Herron (aka “Matt”) is the author of science fiction series The Translocator Trilogy and the book Scrivener Superpowers. He lives in Austin, TX, where he is typing furiously over coffee and spending the rest of his day strategizing at a local innovation and marketing agency. Learn more about Matt at MGHerron.com and the book at http://scrivenersuperpowers.com.

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it. If you prefer this option, please email wlt@writersleague.org with a copy of the form as well. We are working out of our office at this time.

Class & Event Registration Policy

Once a purchase has been made, registrations are not refundable and cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a registration and then find you cannot attend the class or event, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at wlt@writersleague.org and let us know the name and contact information for the person who will be using the registration so that we can update the class or event roster.

Credit Card Transaction Handling Fee Policy

All credit card transactions will incur a 4% handling fee. If you’d prefer to pay by check for membership, a class, or an event, you can use the provided forms on the membership or event pages and mail to: WLT, P.O. Box 14355, Austin, TX, 78704.


Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven’t taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email WLT Program Director Sam Babiak at sam@writersleague.org if you’d like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one month after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE. 

Plan to log in to the online platform several hours before the class so that you can update your software or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually only take a few minutes, but you don’t want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org.

Cultural Arts City of Austin

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

Texas Commission on the Arts

Writers’ League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts – Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.


March 28, 2020
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
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St. Edward’s University
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704 United States
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