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   February 23, 24, and 25, 2024



Email Cindy at [email protected] to be sure space is still available or to add to our waiting list.


The Asheville Christian Writers Conference is not just a writers’ conference – it’s a ministry. Our job is to take new and seasoned writers and help them recognize their calling to write, then to help train them in the skills they’ll need to pursue a writing career. Each year we pray for God to send those He’d have to attend this conference, and each year, this conference sells out. 

Housed at the Cove, the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, North Carolina, ACWC is a warm and inviting atmosphere for the new writer and a challenge for the seasoned writer. From the accommodations to the meals and the meeting facilities, conferees are welcomed, cared for, and prayed over. ACWC is special in every way. Join us for this packed weekend of worship, learning, and new writing peers. We can’t wait to meet you face to face.


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.

Join us and let your writing voice be heard.


Past attendees have gone on to write for: 

Inspire A Fire

Christian Devotions

  Upper Room

Other attendees have received book contracts from Iron Stream Media, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, Bold VisionElk Lake, and other book publishers. 










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Assignment 6 - Self-Editing Is Not For the Faint of Heart

2/17/2024 1:00:00 PM BY Andrea Merrell

Self-Editing Is Not for the Faint of Heart

By Andrea Merrell


Writing without revising is the literary equivalent

of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear. 

~ Patricia Fuller

If I want to see my husband cringe, all I have to do is say, “Let’s move the furniture.” This is especially true during the holidays as we make room for the Christmas tree. He expects me to know exactly where to place each piece so he only has to move it once.

If it were only that easy.

The truth: I have an idea in my head where something should be placed.

The problem: Once it gets there, it doesn’t fit the overall plan.

Writing is much the same as rearranging furniture. Many times when we get our words out of our head and in front of our eyes, what made sense before doesn’t make sense now. That’s when the real work begins.

Once we have our words on paper—or tucked away in our computer—it’s time for the editing/proofreading/rewriting process. This is not for the faint of heart. But if we want our words to shine, we can’t skip this process. Even if we plan to hire a professional editor, our manuscript should be as clean as possible before we send it into cyberspace.

Here are a few elements to look for when beginning the process:

Start with the basics: grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Look up words you’re unsure of, especially hyphenated words.
Don’t mix past and present tense, especially in the same paragraph.
Avoid overusing quotation marks and exclamation points.
Use correct formatting (12 pt. Times New Roman, double-spacing, one-inch margins). No fancy fonts, and no bold, all-capped, or underlined words.
Glance at your paragraphs. Are you beginning too many with the same word (He, She, They … and especially I)?
Familiarize yourself with your pet words and phrases, and don’t use them over and over throughout your manuscript. Do a word search and eliminate them.
Get rid of weasel words (that, just, really, because, however, therefore, thus, so), and be careful not to overuse adverbs (suddenly, quickly, quietly, softly, gently … well, you get the idea). Use strong verbs instead.
Read your manuscript aloud for syntax and sentence structure. There should be a natural flow to your story (both fiction and nonfiction), and events must be in chronological order. Learn how to weave-in backstory or flashbacks without losing your reader.
Be careful with POV (point of view). No head-hopping.
Show, don’t tell your story. Paint a picture with your words.

Editing and rewriting can also be compared to remodeling a house. It’s easier to build a house from the ground up, but sometimes the initial structure is beautiful and sound—it just needs to be made a little stronger by some important and well-thought-out additions or changes.

Don’t let the process derail you. It’s a natural part of the writer’s life. Whatever you do, keep working until your manuscript is as clean and professional as possible.


Take a look at your WIP (work in progress), and see how many of the elements we talked about, need to be addressed. In the next few weeks, we will look a little closer at ways to improve our writing.


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