Serious writers need serious tools to help with their work. Writing Shed has been designed with you, the writer, in mind. It is more than a word processor, it is a complete management tool for novels, short stories and poetry.

Most writers know there is a lot more to the task of writing than creating documents filled with text. For example, poets typically have hundreds if not thousands of poems. Novelists and short story writers have a similar problem. Writing shed allows you to split your work into projects so finding documents is simpler and faster

Usually there will be several versions of each poem/scene/story. Writing Shed lets you create multiple versions of a text without having to create a new name for each.

You can build plot/character and location outlines for novels and short stories.

Build collections of texts for sharing/printing/submitting.

Import research material including PDF, HTML and image files.

Add events to the Reminders app to keep track of completion dates, magazine submission windows, competition deadlines and more.

Writing Shed can use iCloud to automatically Synchronise your work between your devices (including the forthcoming Mac OS version of the App).

In addition to document management the app provides features that let you track work submitted to magazines, competitions, commissions and other places. Add reminders to the Reminders App. The app maintains a historical record of all your submissions

• Multiple projects for Novels, Short Stories and Poetry
• Scene, character and location outlines
• Track submissions to magazines, competitions and
• Multiple versions for each poem, scene or story
• Full featured rich text editor
• Add notes to poems, scenes, stories and more
• Synchronise between devices using iCloud
• Create collections of poems, scenes or stories
• Import research documents
• Share work: printing, email, social media, iCloud Drive etc
• Import Word & Rich Text files from iCloud Drive,
Airdrop, iTunes, and other apps
• Comprehensive help screens
• External Keyboard support (iPad)

There is a website at where you can submit comments. Alternatively email

What’s New

Version 5.19

Minor IOS 14 compatibility fix

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Elvish again ,

Amazing and Simple to Use

Writing Shed is a fantastic App for Poets and all Writers. The fact that it has its own WordProcessor is a big plus, but it’s the organisational application that out does other Apps and the fact that you can have multiple copies of your work. This is a must for a small cost for Students and Writers of any age and stage of professional development or indeed just for anyone who is creative. Brilliant App I love it

Big Tram ,

Better than I thought

Contrary to my earlier review, it IS possible to assign chapters and scenes to a project - thanks to the developer showing me how.

The app remains slightly cumbersome, in my view, and inconsistent (sometimes you delete by selecting the ‘Edit’ button and then a bin icon at the foot of the screen, other times this doesn’t appear but you can swipe left to delete).

But these are quibbles. The app is better than I thought and my previous one-star review was harsh. Happy to put the record straight.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for retracting your previous review. Your response reinforces my belief that it is better for users to contact the developer before writing inaccurate reviews. You mention an inconsistency in your revised review. The app conforms to the user interface best practices of 'visibility' and 'affordance'. The reason that swiping is not the only method for deleting items is that the swiping gesture isn't visible, so users new to IOS would be unaware of it. The edit button on the other hand is visible and affords being tapped. Not only that, but once in edit mode it is possible to select and delete multiple entries in one go, which is not possible just swiping.

Alanex ,

Great Writing App

This app does exactly what I need for writing my short stories. Project management, drafts including versioning and allows me to collect research for each project.
Been a couple of bugs but developer tracked them down quickly and released an update within a couple of days. The best writing app I found on the App Store.

App Privacy

The developer, Keith Lander, has indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More


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