Free Scrivener Templates



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If you’ve discovered Scrivener, like many writers have, you have probably come to love the flexibility and organization it affords your creativity. I’m new to the software, but I really like what I see so far. From everything I’ve read, so does just about everyone else. Understand that Scrivener is not a standard word processor, nor does it intend to be. Think of it as a creative suite. It even makes publishing ebooks quite easy.

Once you’ve got the basics down, you’ll probably start looking for some templates to kickstart your writing process. Well, look no further. Below you will find a series of templates that can be found on the web from other authors who share the same passion you have (are gaining) for Scrivener.


Scrivener Fiction Templates

Scrivener Non-Fiction Templates

There are discussions on that touch on templates and how to make them. If you have further questions, try your questions there and the great community will be supportive.


If you found this helpful, you might want to check out my follow up post, free scrivener templates part 2.



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Justin was born with an active imagination on a U.S. naval base in Spain, but has spent most of his life in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains of Utah. He is bilingual, and has lived all over the world. He has four children; two boys, and two girls, and an enduring wife. He doesn't have any pets that he's aware of, but his children have been known to hide things under his bed.

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Justin is the author of The Magic Shop. He has also been published in several anthologies, including The Crimson Pact (Volumes 1, 2, and 5), The Memory Eater, and Short Sips: Coffee House Flash Fiction Collection 2.
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  1. Any templates for website copy?

    • No, sorry.

  2. Whatever this file is, it’s not working:
    The SFWA Short Story template – by author Jamie Todd Rubin. This is a short story template intended for SFWA markets. I downloads the template, unzipped it, and nothing, it’s dead. Don’t know what’s wrong with it!

    • If you open Scrivener (assuming Mac version) and on the initial pop up screen called “Project Templates” that appears click the “options” drop down menu at the bottom, you’ll see an option called “Import templates.” Click on that and then navigate to the template, and that should do the trick.

      Good luck!

      • They’re in the wrong file format. I’m on Scrivener for Mac but it requires the file to be saved a .scrivertemplate. rather than .scriv. The importer only recognises the former and not the latter, therefore I’m unable to upload the latter. Is there any way around this? I’d love to utilise these great templates. :)

        • Scrap that, I just found how to do it. I’ll include it here for other confused users: with scriv file. Download them, double click on the link and it will auto open in Scrivener. Save as template. With scrivenertemplate. files, download. Follow instruction (outlined by Justin) to import template via Scrivener. :)

  3. The links to some of these no longer work. Is there an updated version of this article? These are fantastic. Thanks.

    • Thanks for the heads up. I’ll look into the links after NaNoWriMo. Cheers!

  4. I want to use that excuse with my clients and students…they just don’t get that NaNoWriMo isn’t a disease. 😀



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