Story structuring, and much more

Writer's Café CD-ROM
Now available on CD-ROM!
Writer's Café is a software toolkit for all fiction writers, whether experienced or just starting out. The heart of Writer's Café is StoryLines, a powerful but simple to use story development tool that dramatically accelerates the creation and structuring of your novel or screenplay.

Designed by published novelist Harriet Smart, it also includes a notebook, journal, research organiser, inspirational quotations, writing exercises, and a 60-page e-book, "Fiction: The Facts", distilling 20 years of writing experience.

Writer's Café is designed to be a playground for the imagination, making writing fiction fun and fulfilling.

Click here to explore Writer's Café in detail. Also check out the latest news.

Writer's Café

Download the demo for Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X, then if you like it, you can buy it and turn your demo into a fully working version. Registered owners have access to the e-book Fiction: The Facts, Harriet Smart's friendly introduction to the essential techniques of storytelling.

 Current version: 1.30 CD-ROM only £32.90/$50

Latest news

Writer's Café 2 nears completion, June 24th 2008

Work continues on Writer's Café: The Next Generation, and after lots of useful beta feedback we're on track for an August release. Reaction to version 2 has been very positive and we're looking forward to the culmination of our two years of work on this major upgrade.

Customers who buy Writer's Café 1 now are entitled to a free upgrade to version 2. Check out the beta version and let us know what you think. Please note that once projects have been opened in Writer's Café 2 and saved, they cannot be opened in Writer's Café 1. Other than that, the two versions can be installed on the same machine.

Writer's Café 1.28 released, December 7th 2007

Writer's Café 1.28 has further adaptations for the Eee PC including a script to install icons in the standard IceWM start menu. There is also a Floating Card Editor sizing bug fix. Get Writer's Café 1.28 here. Special instructions for installing on the Eee PC are here.

Writer's Café 1.25 released, July 30th, 2007

Writer's Café 1.25 fixes a few bugs, and brings Mac OS X StoryLines story, character and location data entry into line with the Windows and Linux versions. Get Writer's Café 1.25 here.

Harriet Smart interviewed for The Writing Show, March 10th, 2006

Visit to hear Harriet Smart (co-designer of Writer's Café) in conversation with Paula Berinstein.

Pocket StoryLines beta available for Pocket PC 2003, March 4th, 2006

If you have a phone or PDA running Pocket PC 2003, try out the free beta of Pocket StoryLines! It's available from the download page.

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What people are saying...

"Writer’s Café is slick, cross-platform software for all writers." ZDNet, December 2007

"From its unique packaging to its thoughtful approach, this program stands apart from its rivals and it's clear that this is a package designed for writers by writers... In all, Writer's Café is an excellent package. It's ideal for serious writers who want to get the most from their creative ideas." Computer Active magazine, January 2006

"I must say that it's the most practical and useful writing software ever." Luca, Italy

"I was absolutely stunned how simple yet powerful your concept is." Andreas, Germany

"I've only just discovered this software, but I absolutely LOVE it. It's just what I need. I was thrilled to discover that what I wanted is exactly what StoryLines does! I've gotten more done on outlining my novel in the hour I've been working with StoryLines than in months of struggling with word processors." Joan, USA
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Exercise your writing muscle
Writer's Café provides timed writing prompts, a journal and notebook to help you get in the writing habit.

Understand story construction with Fiction: The Facts
A comprehensive 60-page e-book in PDF and HTML by published author and Writer's Café designer Harriet Smart tells you what you need to know about story creation without interrupting your flow.

Concentrate more effectively on your individual scene ideas
Drag and drop card-sized ideas with Writer's Café's StoryLines tool. You'll be surprised by how liberating this is. Swap scenes, delete, undo, redo... hey, plotting isn't supposed to be this much fun!

See your parallel plots visually
Your storylines are shown graphically and it becomes easy to develop the strands of a complex story.

Print and export with minimal effort
Choose from a selection of report styles (or create your own) and output to your favourite word processor or formatting software.

Keep your research organised
The Writer's Café Scrapbook makes it easy to organise the little bits of information you may gather as your research and write your story. Store notes, images, web links, document shortcuts, and diagrams.

Be inspired with Writing Cookies
Writer's Café gives you a different writing quotation every day with Harriet's Smart pick of the best writing wisdom and humour.

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