Episode 107: Traditional Publishing and the Winds of Change

Litquake panel

What does the publishing industry still have to offer writers who are breaking in? In this episode, George Higgins and Susie Gerhard take to the field to check out the Litquake panel “Tried and True: What’s so great about traditional publishing?” On a windy Sunday morning in front of Z Below in San Francisco’s Mission District, they speculate about what the title means before heading inside to interview audience members and hear from moderator Natalie Baszile, author of the novel Queen Sugar, and her publishing pro panelists Trisha Low of Small Press Distribution, indie-publishing consultant Pamela Feinsilber, and literary agents Anna Ghosh and Ted Weinstein. Tune in to get their takes on publishing in multiple genres.

Episode 59: Natalie Baszile On Catching Oprah’s Eye

Natalie Baszile

Natalie Baszile

Natalie Baszile’s ascent from working in her family’s business to publishing her first novel is the classic story of a 20-year “overnight” success, one that ends with a TV deal and a playdate with Oprah. Join Natalie as she steps into the GrottoPod to talk about the ups and downs of her journey, including how she bounced back from “the darkest summer” of her life, how her novel Queen Sugar caught the eye of Harpo Productions and director Ava DuVernay and became a TV series, and why fiction writers can benefit from the teachings of Robert McKee.

Fiction Workshop: Novel and Short Story (with Natalie Baszile)

Natalie Baszile

Natalie Baszile

Contact: nbaszile@gmail.com

Number of sessions: 6

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Dates: Tuesdays, June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28

Course fee: $375

The best fiction transports us.  We open to the first page of a novel or short story and the world falls away.  We will begin each session with a craft talk.  We’ll examine characterization, conflict, plot, and other elements that make for compelling storytelling. Then we will move into intensive, supportive workshopping of student stories and opening novel chapters. This course is best suited for students who already have a work in progress.

Natalie Baszile is the author of the debut novel Queen Sugar, soon to be adapted into a TV series by writer/director Ava DuVernay of Selma fame, and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey for OWN, Winfrey’s cable network. Queen Sugar was named one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Best Books of 2014, was long-listed for the Crooks Corner Southern Book Prize, and nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Natalie has a M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers. Her nonfiction work has appeared in The Rumpus.net, Mission at Tenth, The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9, and O: The Oprah Magazine.