Write Now with Scrivener

Conversations with authors about writing and how they use Scrivener.

About the show

Join journalist Kirk McElhearn as he interviews writers of all kinds about their processes, routines, and how they use Scrivener, the app dedicated to long-form writing. In the first half of the show, writers share their experiences and their different approaches to getting words down on the page; in the second half, they get into the specifics of how they use Scrivener to help them. Whether you’re a Scrivener user or just interested in writing, this podcast has something for you.

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  • Episode 35: George Stevens Jr., Movie Producer and Director

    February 7th, 2024  |  29 mins 49 secs

    George Stevens Jr. has been a movie producer and director for decades, and has written a memoir about his life in Hollywood.

  • Episode 34: Fonda Lee, Science Fiction and Fantasy Author

    January 3rd, 2024  |  30 mins 19 secs

    Fonda Lee is a science fiction and fantasy author, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the Locus Award, and many others.

  • Episode 33: Carl Zimmer, Science Writer

    December 6th, 2023  |  30 mins 33 secs

    Carl Zimmer is a science writer, author of 14 books, is a professor adjunct at Yale University, and writes the Origins column for The New York Times.

  • Episode 32: John Wyver, Television Historian and Film Producer

    November 1st, 2023  |  31 mins 31 secs

    John Wyver writes about the history of television in the United Kingdom, produces films about the arts and performance, and is a Professor of the Arts on Screen.

  • Episode 31: Mary Robinette Kowal, Science Fiction and Fantasy Author

    October 4th, 2023  |  30 mins 26 secs

    Mary Robinette Kowal writes science fiction and fantasy, and starts writing all her novels during NaNoWriMo, which takes place each year in November.

  • Episode 30: Sean Carroll, Quantum Physicist

    September 6th, 2023  |  30 mins 29 secs

    Sean Carroll is a quantum physicist, who has written several books explaining the complexity of his topic to general readers.

  • Episode 29: Michael Jecks, Medieval Mystery Author

    August 2nd, 2023  |  33 mins 23 secs

    Michael Jecks has written more than 50 novels, including 33 in his Templar series of medieval mysteries. He also writes books in other series, set in modern times, the Tudor period, and 1920s Shanghai.

  • Episode 28: Sheila O'Flanagan, Romance Author

    July 5th, 2023  |  30 mins 20 secs

    Sheila O'Flanagan left a career as a banker for writing, and has written more than 30 romance novels, which "put women in situations where they have to dig deep inside themselves to find their inner strength even though sometimes they struggle to realise it’s there."

  • Episode 27: S J Watson, Thriller Novelist

    June 7th, 2023  |  31 mins 16 secs

    S J Watson, author of the hugely popular Before I Go to Sleep, is starting a new project called The Experiment, where he shows readers his first drafts.

  • Episode 26: Jaime Green, Science Journalist

    May 3rd, 2023  |  31 mins 51 secs

    Jaime Green has just published her first book, The Possibility of Life: Science, Imagination, and Our Quest for Kinship in the Cosmos, where she discusses whether there is life out there, and, if so, whether we will ever know.

  • Episode 25: Becca Caddy, Science and Technology Journalist

    April 5th, 2023  |  32 mins 24 secs

    Becca Caddy writes about science and technology, and her book Screen Time tells us how to make peace with our tech devices.

  • Episode 24: Joanna Penn, Author Entrepreneur

    March 1st, 2023  |  29 mins 39 secs

    Joanna Penn combines her talents as a thriller author with her skills in marketing to have a successful writing career. Her latest book is Pilgrimage: Lessons Learned from Solo Walking Three Ancient Ways.

  • Episode 23: Bill Thompson, Thriller Author

    February 1st, 2023  |  29 mins 24 secs

    After decades as a corporate executive for a financial services firm, Bill Thompson retired and became a bestselling author of archeological thrillers.

  • Episode 22: Allison K. Williams, Writer, Editor, and Coach

    January 4th, 2023  |  29 mins 55 secs

    Allison K. Williams is a writer, editor, and coach, as well as former circus performer, and is the author of Seven Drafts, a book about self-editing. Seven Drafts helps writers get from the messy first draft to final draft.

  • Episode 21: Thriller Author Katelyn Monroe Howes

    December 7th, 2022  |  30 mins 7 secs

    Katelyn Monroe Howes is a documentary filmmaker, who has just written her first novel, The Awoken, a dystopian science fiction thriller, has just been published.

  • Episode 20: Brigitta Blair and Camilla Zhang on Writing Comics with Scrivener

    November 2nd, 2022  |  30 mins 44 secs

    Brigitta Blair is an author/illustrator, and Camilla Zhang is a comics editor. Together they have created the Standard Comic Strip Template for Scrivener.