Melinda Palacio &
Lida Sideris

Writing Through the Fear

1:00-3:30 PM
El Cabrillo

Wisdom from the trenches from award-winning authors on how to overcome the blocks to completing writing projects and seeing them through to publication

Course Description

Maybe you’re juggling a fulltime career and family with the goal of completing a novel. Maybe your work has been critiqued to death. Maybe you’ve written yourself into a closet where it feels you cannot escape and put your book project back on track. Or maybe you’ve finished your book, but are scared to move into the marketing phase.

What are the solutions?

Every writer faces moments when it seems a project has come to a halt. This workshop offers a toolbox for overcoming the fears and other barriers to overcoming writing paralysis. Bring your problems and questions and together we will share the solutions to your writing and marketing muddles. 

This workshop encourages interaction and movement and will wake you to what you need to do to move your project forward. We will cover the magic of ritual, concrete practices and a little of the spiritual to free up your writing and get it to the finish line.


Melinda Palacio is a the author of an award winning novel, Ocotillo Dreams, as well as three poetry books, Folsom Lockdown, How Fire is a Story Waiting and her latest, Bird Forgiveness (3: A Taos Press 2018).  Her work has been featured in journals and anthologies and online in the Academy of American Poets. She also writes a Friday column for See Melinda’s recent blog post on marketing tips. She holds two degrees in comparative literature. She grew up in South Central Los Angeles and now lives in Santa Barbara and New Orleans. 

Lida Sideris is an author, lawyer, and all-around book enthusiast. She writes soft-boiled mysteries and was one of two national winners of the Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America scholarship award. The third installment in her Southern California Mystery series, Murder: Double or Nothing will be released on June 25th by Level Best Books. Lida is also the author of The Cookie Eating Fire Dog, a picture book for ages 4-8. She lives in the northern tip of SoCal with her family, rescue dogs and a flock of uppity chickens.  To learn more, please visit: