Writing as Exploration

Historic DeKalb Courthouse presented by Creative Flame Media

Saturday, 11:15-12:00

What are the pros and cons of each format and furthermore, how do you insure the consistency of your authentic voice throughout your chosen medium?

Join Zoe Fishman, executive director of the Decatur Writers Studio and author of essays and novels including Inheriting Edith and Saving Ruth, Nicki Salcedo, author of In My Father’s Shoes, and Shannon M. Turner, Founder/Creative Director of StoryMuse along with moderator Heidi Hill, freelance editor and adjunct professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Lesley University as they explore these topics and more.


Zoe Fishman

Zoe Fishman is the bestselling author of Inheriting Edith, Driving Lessons, Saving Ruth, and Balancing Acts . Her books have been translated into Hebrew, German, Italian, Dutch, and Polish and are also available in Audio and Large Print editions. She’s the recipient of myriad awards, including an IndieNext Pick, Target’s Breakout and Emerging Author Picks, a NY Post Pick, a Mom’s Choice Award, and a Barnes & Noble Hot Read. Interviews and profiles of her have been featured on NBC’s “Atlanta & Co.” and FGTV, as well as in Publisher’s Weekly, Mobile Bay Magazine, The Atlanta Jewish Times, and The Huffington Post. Her writing has been published in The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Time Out, and on FoxNews.com, among others. She has spoken about her books and writing process at book fairs around the country. Zoe worked in the New York publishing industry for thirteen years in the editorial department of Random House, the rights department of Simon & Schuster and later, as an agent for two boutique literary firms before moving to Atlanta in August of 2011 with her family. She teaches creative writing to adults at Emory Continuing Education and The Decatur Writers Studio, at which she is also the Executive Director. In the Spring of 2017 she was the Visiting Writer at SCAD Atlanta. Currently, she is working on her next novel, which is tentatively scheduled for a 2019 publication.

Nicki Salcedo

Nicki Salcedo is the author of a novel and three books of essays. The title piece for her latest collection, “In My Father’s Shoes,” is based on the bittersweet experience she had wearing her father’s shoes after he died. She’s a graduate of Stanford University where she studied English and Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Good Housekeeping, Decaturish, and AtlantaLoop. Nicki has four kids. She works in the corporate world by day and writes at night. She loves connecting with writers and readers.

Shannon Turner

Shannon M. Turner is the Founder/Creative Director of StoryMuse, which provides unique strategies for personal, business, organizational, and community development through reality storytelling & theatre techniques–everywhere it is needed. Shannon serves as an independent consultant who conducts workshops and provides coaching to individuals and organizations seeking to use true, personal stories for transformative potential. She has nearly two decades of professional experience and an MFA from Virginia Tech. Read more at StoryMuse.net.


Heidi Hill

Heidi Hill is a freelance writer and editor and an adjunct professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Lesley University’s Creative Writing MFA program. She has taught workshops on editing and revision at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and will be teaching a workshop on self-editing at Decatur Writer’s Studio in the spring of 2019.