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"Scrivener for Newbies: The Program Writers Rave About" with Katherine Catmull

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

3/17/2018 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

 This class is sold out. No walk-ins will be accepted.

$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)


Want to make the most of the writing software designed to help organize your book-length manuscript?

When you first open Scrivener, you may feel like you're sitting in a the cockpit of a jet plane, screaming, "Help!" Never fear--the basics of Scrivener are easy to learn and can transform how you approach a manuscript draft.

You've heard other writers rave about Scrivener, but...what are all those buttons? What is a “binder?” Do I have to “compile”? In this hands-on class, instructor Katherine Catmull—who has used Scrivener for nine years to write three novels, numerous plays, and many other large projects—will guide you through the basics of Scrivener. Participants will leave with everything they need to know to start using Scrivener for their own writing.
All students will need to bring a laptop with a copy of Scrivener installed (Scrivener offers a free 30-day trial, so no need to purchase it yet). Note: While the Windows and Mac versions of Scrivener have most of the same features, there are a few differences. The instructor will be using Scrivener for Mac.



  • You want to learn how writers actually use Scrivener.
  • You've heard about the program but have been too intimidated to try it out.



Katherine Catmull is the author of three books, most recently the YA novel The Radiant Road. Her first book, Summer and Bird, was named one of Booklist's 2012 Top Ten First Novels for Youth. She is one of four co-authors of The Cabinet of Curiosities, which was named one of the New York Public Library's Best Books of 2014. Besides her decades as a stage actor in Austin, she also does voice acting for games like DC Universe Online (Oracle) and Wizard 101 (Myrella Windspar). She has also written numerous short plays.



St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, Trustee Hall 303. You can find a St. Edward's University campus map here.



$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

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

Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, March 15. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. 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.

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.



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 give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


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


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


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


The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit