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Organizing Your Writing with Scrivener

with Neelanjana Banerjee


Two Saturdays
11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Pacific)
April 6 and 20, 2019


Have you been working on a novel or other long project and have a multiple drafts all over your computer? Do you have folders of notes from all the workshops you’ve taken your project through? Do you have a long, glitchy Word document that takes forever to load? Along with talking about practical analog tools for drafting and revising longer projects, this two-day online seminar will walk you through how to use Scrivener—a software word processing and project management program aimed at writers—to help you draft and organize your novel or memoir. We’ll work on figuring out the best way for you to divide your manuscript and upload it to the Scrivener interface, plus how to use tools like the virtual index cards and how to easily save multiple drafts. We'll also talk through alternatives to Scrivener like organizing your writing through Google Docs. This class is recommended for students who have longer projects, but it can be useful for anyone interested in learning about Scrivener and gaining tools for structuring and revising your writing. Students will receive a discount code to purchase the Scrivener 3 program before the class starts. 

This class is open to students of all levels and will meet online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with details closer to the date of the class.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 for new students; $120 for returning students

Neelanjana Banerjee’s short stories, poetry, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, PANK, The Liner, The Rumpus, Virginia Quarterly Online, World Literature Today, The Literary Review, Nimrod, and anthologies like Breaking the Bow: Speculative Stories Inspired by the Ramayana (Zubaan Books, 2012) and Desilicious: Sexy, Subversive, South Asian (Arsenal Press, 2003), among other places. She co-edited the award-winning Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press, 2010) and The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Shifts and Quakes of Los Angeles (Tia Chucha Press). She received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and has been awarded writing residencies from Hedgebrook and the Blue Mountain Center. Her journalism about literature and culture can be seen at Colorlines, Fiction Writers Review, HTML Giant, Hyphen, Word Riot, and other places around the World Wide Web. She is the Managing Editor of Kaya Press and teaches creative writing at UCLA. She lives in El Sereno and is working on her first novel. Visit her online here.



"WWLA is one of the best things I experienced after moving to LA. I lucked into the final spot in one of Neela Banerjee's Novel II workshops. We had a great mix of writers and skill levels. The goal was to complete and workshop 40 pages, a mark I didn't believe I could meet. Neela's weekly page requirement, expert guidance, feedback, and facilitation of our group of aspiring novelists helped me to exceed that goal. I was often awestruck by my classmates' writing and delighted to be moved to tears or laughter. Neela helped me understand, at last, what a scene consists of, which resulted in some of my best writing to date. I can't recommend WWLA highly enough." —Charlotte Sherman

“Even after taking two of Neela Banerjee‘s workshops, her instruction continues to surpass my expectations. In Fiction III, Neela’s insight (and expert facilitation of the workshop) allowed me to make big strides in a short story that I’d been editing in painful circles for over a year. In Novel I, Neela designed a class schedule that pushed us to produce 40 pages of new material (leaving time for everyone in the class to get this new material workshopped) while reading thought-provoking articles on craft. I’ve never been so productive. Neela does not hesitate to go beyond her role as workshop leader. She has been more than generous in providing me with advice for the future of my writing. I’d highly recommend Neela to anyone.” —Jacquelyn Stolos