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 17: Christie Aschwanden, Science Journalist

    September 7th, 2022  |  33 mins 45 secs

    Christie Aschwanden is a journalist, author, and editor, and has written Good to Go: What the athlete in all of us can learn from the strange science of recovery, a book about the science of athletic recovery. She is a runner and cyclist, and has contributed articles to The New York Times, Runner's World, and Bicycling, among others.

  • Episode 16: William Gallagher, Playwright, Novelist, and Tech Journalist

    August 3rd, 2022  |  30 mins 27 secs

    William Gallagher is a versatile writer. He has written Doctor Who radio dramas, novels, and hundreds of articles about technology, as well as books about writing. He also creates many YouTube videos about writing and technology.

  • Episode 15: Rowan Hooper, Science Writer

    July 6th, 2022  |  29 mins 54 secs

    Rowan Hooper is a science writer, and is currently podcast editor for The New Scientist. His book, How to Save the World for Just a Trillion Dollars, looks at ten big problems in the world and how they can be solved for a trillion dollars.

  • Episode 14: Jessica Payne, Thriller Author

    June 1st, 2022  |  29 mins 26 secs

    Jessica Payne has just published her first novel, Make Me Disappear, a psychological thriller about a woman who arranges her own kidnapping. Jessica is the host of #MomsWritersClub, on YouTube and Twitter, where she discusses the issues around writing and being a mom.

  • Episode 13: April Henry, Thriller Author

    May 4th, 2022  |  30 mins 19 secs

    April Henry is the author of more than two dozen mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults. Her novels have won prizes, been shortlisted for other prizes, and have been translated into ten languages. She knows two dozen different ways to kill you.

  • Episode 12: Damon Young, Philosopher

    April 6th, 2022  |  30 mins 36 secs

    Damon Young is a philosopher, poet, and an author of fiction for children. As a philosopher, he has written about reading, the garden, and sex, and he has also written a half-dozen children's books. He also writes regularly for newspapers and magazines, and is a frequent guest on radio and TV.

  • Episode 11: Charles Shields, Biographer

    March 2nd, 2022  |  31 mins 27 secs

    Charles Shields is a biographer of mid-century American novelists and writers. After a career teaching, and writing histories and biographies for young people, Shields has written several biographies of American authors, the most recent of which is about playwright Lorraine Hansberry, author of Raisin in the Sun.

  • Episode 10: Annie Finch, Poet, Writer, and Witch

    February 2nd, 2022  |  30 mins 32 secs

    Annie Finch is a poet, writer, critic, editor, playwright, librettist, translator, and witch. She has written poetry, criticism, memoirs, and works on meter and form, and is the founder of Poetry Witch Community, where she teaches meter, scansion, and magic.

  • Episode 9: Charlie Stross, Science-Fiction Author

    January 5th, 2022  |  31 mins 14 secs

    Charlie Stross is a prolific author of science fiction and fantasy. He has written more than two dozen novels, has won three Hugo awards, and has been nominated for many other awards, including the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the Japanese Seiun Award.

  • Episode 8: Nicole Kronzer, YA Author and High School Teacher

    December 1st, 2021  |  30 mins 44 secs

    Nicole Kronzer is an author of young adult novels, a high school teacher, and a former actor. Her first novel, Unscripted, was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association.

  • Episode 7: Maggie Shipstead, Author of Great Circle, Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

    November 3rd, 2021  |  30 mins 57 secs

    Maggie Shipstead's latest novel has been shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize. Great Circle is a novel of love and loss and adventure, focusing on a woman pilot in the early days of flying, and an actress portraying her in the present.

  • Episode 6: Elizabeth Haynes, Thriller Author

    October 20th, 2021  |  28 mins 58 secs

    Having worked as a police intelligence analyst in the UK, Elizabeth Haynes knows a lot about crime. She has written a half dozen novels, all of which she started during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

  • Christian Cantrell, Sci-Fi Thriller Author

    September 22nd, 2021  |  29 mins 30 secs

    With a day job as a designer for one of the world's largest software companies, Christian Cantrell knows how computer technology works, and his novels are full of cutting-edge ideas. He explores science and technology that don’t yet exist in order to put characters in situations in which they can discover things about themselves that would otherwise have been impossible.

  • Episode 4: Annik Lafarge, Author of Chasing Chopin

    August 25th, 2021  |  32 mins 40 secs

    After a career in publishing, from being a publicist to senior editor, Annik Lafarge is now a consultant and advisor to authors. Her latest book is Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions. Annik talks about how important it is for authors to help market their books.

    "I honestly don't think I could have written this book without without Scrivener."

  • Episode 3: J.T. Ellison, Thriller Author, TV Show Host, and Publisher

    July 21st, 2021  |  33 mins 24 secs

    J.T. Ellison has written more than 25 novels: standalone thrillers, three series, and has recently published the first in a series of co-authored young adult novels. She co-hosts a literary TV show, and is also a publisher. She also "loves Scrivener with the passion of a thousand fiery suns."

  • Dan Moren, Science Fiction Author, Journalist, and Podcaster

    June 23rd, 2021  |  29 mins 6 secs

    Dan Moren juggles a triple career: that of a science fiction author, tech journalist, and podcaster. He discusses his the "sci-fi espionage capers" he writes, how he transitioned from journalism to fiction, and how he has used Scrivener to write each of his novels.