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   February 26, 27 and 28, 2021

The Asheville Christian Writers Conference is not a level of writing – it’s a battle cry. God calls us to step up and answer with the best work possible using the talents He has given. We are called together to focus our hearts on the task Christ assigned us . . . to strengthen our ties with one another and hone our craft of writing so we might effectively spread the Word of God through fiction and non-fiction books, screenplays, scripts, articles, and blogs.

ACWC is not a level of writing – it’s a battle cry. Past attendees have gone on to write for Inspire A Fire, Christian Devotions, CBN Devotions, the Upper Room, and Other attendees have received book contracts from Iron Stream Media, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, and other book publishers. 

NEW THIS YEAR! Join us for 2 1/2 days of intense work for as little as $135 as we stream LIVE!  ACWC is both an in-person and virtual conference in 2021.

If you wish to attend in person, we would love to see you! Currently, we have a limited number of rooms available for on-campus housing.  Act fast to reserve a room on site at The Cove. Hotel space is availble nearby, but staying at The Cove is a treat you will not want to miss.

The Cove is COVID safe! All the necessary safety precautions concerning COVID have been put in place with The Cove. The Cove’s large auditorium features theater-style seats. Its normal capacity is 451. For ACWC we capped in person seating at 119. Participants will be spaced apart in accordance with governement and health standards. 

If you are concerned about COVID and exposure, we will be streaming our classes. Conferees will also gain access to our class download page after the conference concludes.

On-campus housing at The Cove is extra and well worth the price. See the registration page for details and to register.

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January 24, Assignment Four - Time to Shoot the Weasel Words

1/24/2021 7:00:00 AM BY Cindy Sproles

By Andrea Merrell

Pet words and phrases are a major problem for writers. We all have them, even those of us whose job it is to edit them out of other writers’ manuscripts.

A pet word or phrase is something we tend to use over and over (and over and …). It might be as simple as a character winking, crying, or clearing her throat, but when a reader sees this thirty or forty times in the story, it becomes wearisome.

Sometimes our pet words can be considered the same as weasel words. These are unnecessary words that add nothing to your story. In fact, they can detract from the story if used excessively. If you’ve been writing for a while, you’re probably familiar with your own weasel words—words like that, just, really, surely, however, therefore, thus, began to … the list goes on and on. Then there is a writer’s addiction to adverbs—suddenly, quickly, quietly, softly, and slowly. Instead of using flowery -ly words, choose strong verbs or creative speaker beats.

Few things are more annoying to readers than redundancies, especially seeing the same words and phrases over and over. I’ve read a few books over the years that I wanted to throw across the room because of too much repetition.

So, what’s a writer to do? We have to be aware of our pet weasels, be willing to part with them, find them, then shoot them. Bang! As they say, don’t marry your words.

Let’s look at a couple of examples, and you decide if the italicized words are necessary in the sentence.


*Rae quickly struggled to keep her footing as she tried to survey the damage. Why not say: Rae struggled to keep her footing as she surveyed the damage.

*May I at least reimburse you for the flowers? Better: May I reimburse you for the flowers?

*Here’s another one for you to untangle:

*Scott surely thought that Karen was really up to no good, so he suddenly moved quickly and quietly to the window just so that he could begin to see what she was doing.

*Pretty bad, right? How about this? Scott thought Karen was up to no good, so he moved to the window to see what she was doing.


Do you see how eliminating those pesky weasel words tightens your writing? Be sure to get rid of those little varmints. Your readers will be glad you did.



Make a list of your own pet/weasel words, then do a word search in your WIP. Find a creative way to either eliminate or change the wording.

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