An Investigative Report on WWII Internment

I couldn’t ask for a better close to 2015 than seeing my investigative project on the internment of Coastside Japanese-Americans published in the the Half Moon Bay Review. When I started this project a year ago I figured it would be mostly of historical interest; I am amazed and saddened to see internment invoked by modern politicians in ways that make it clear they have no idea what it entailed.

Check it out:–year-old-injustice/article_37f34b74-af1a-11e5-8a65-2f47a8895aed.html

Puppy Love, Unrequited

Check out my essay in the most recent issue of Stanford Magazine:

“When I was 8, my family decided to adopt a dog. The local shelter was a filthy, noisy place in the worst part of San Diego, so we chose the first medium-sized puppy we saw, threw $20 at a volunteer and dashed back to the minivan. There were times when we wished we had been more discerning because Katie, as we called her, turned out not to be the most intelligent of creatures . . .” (Read more)

Freelancing Bootcamp 4/21

Hi all,

There are still spaces available in my freelancing bootcamp at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. See below for more info.


Instructor: Marie C. Baca
Contact: mariecbaca (at) gmail [dot] com
Number of sessions: 1
Meeting time: Sunday, 10 AM- 4:00 PM, with a break for lunch
Dates: April 21

Course fee: $120, $50 deposit to register

Size Limit: 15

To register, contact the instructor. All deposits are nonrefundable.

Description: Want to break into the world of freelance writing? This one-day bootcamp will teach you everything you need to know to successfully begin freelancing for major magazines, newspapers, and Internet publications. Topics include:

-Coming up with salable ideas
-Identifying the best market for your story
-Figuring out which editor to approach
-Creating compelling pitches
-Negotiating compensation
-Building a brand
-Using social media to publicize your work
-Supplementing your freelancing income
-Connecting with other writers

All students will receive a packet of real “pitches that worked” and will have the opportunity to workshop their pitches in class.

This class is appropriate for writers at the beginning stages of their careers as well as experienced journalists looking for a change of pace.

Instructor Bio: Marie C. Baca is a freelance writer and editor. Her journalism and essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, ProPublica, Salon, and the New York Times’ Motherlode blog, among other publications. She holds a master’s degree from Stanford University’s Graduate Program in Journalism.

When Breast Isn’t Best

I’ve written a very personal essay for the NYT’s Motherlode blog on how not breast-feeding my son has affected my relationship and career. Here’s an excerpt:

“Several years ago, I was on a flight home from college when the woman sitting next to me — slim, blond, earth mother-y — began to nurse her infant son. The attendant offered her a blanket; it was refused. “What does he want me to do, smother my baby?” she asked me sarcastically . . .” (read more)