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What is Scrivener?

Scrivener is a writing software application aimed at writers of all kinds—novelists, journalists, academics, screenwriters, playwrights—who need to structure a long piece of text while referring to research documents. Scrivener is a ring-binder, a scrapbook, a corkboard, an outliner and text editor all rolled into one.

Cost: $45 from Literature and Latte (price as of 08/05/15). However, there are discounted rates students, educators, and scholars. Scrivener also available for purchase elsewhere (e.g. Mac App Store).

Trial: 30 day trial of actual use. This means if you only use it two hours a week,  you can have the trial for 15 weeks. 

Both Mac and Window versions are available.

Help and Tips from WU Librarians

These librarians have expertise with Scrivener:

Brian Vetruba, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, and European Studies Librarian (; 935-4824; office: Olin Library, Level 1, 124)

*BRIAN'S TIP: "Take an hour or two and go through the interactive tutorial which you'll have access to when you download the trial or purchase Scrivener. You'll quickly learn the fundamentals."

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