Natalie Goldberg

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Natalie Goldberg (born 1948) is an American popular author and speaker[1] She is best known for a series of books which explore writing as Zen practice.[2]


Goldberg has studied Zen Buddhism for more than thirty years[3] and practiced with Dainin Katagiri Roshi for twelve years.[3][4] Goldberg is a teacher who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her 1986 book Writing Down the Bones sold over a million copies and is considered an influential work on the craft of writing.[5][6][7] Her 2013 book, The True Secret of Writing, is a follow-up to that work.[8][9]


  • Chicken and in Love (1979), ISBN 978-0-930100-04-9
  • Writing Down the Bones (1986), ISBN 0-87773-375-9
  • Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life (1990)
  • Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America (1993)
  • Banana Rose (1995)
  • Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World (1997)
  • Thunder and Lightning (2000)
  • The Essential Writer's Notebook (2001)
  • Top of My Lungs (2002)
  • The Great Failure (2004)
  • Old Friend From Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir (2008), ISBN 978-1-4165-3502-7
  • The True Secret of Writing (2013)
  • The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life (2016), ISBN 978-1-61180-316-7


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    Description: "The first thing that comes to mind when I think about the writing life. . . I just think of space. Time to daydream. Time to notice things," says Natalie Goldberg, author of many beloved books on writing. Space, she explains, is inherently important to the author, allowing her to time to receive, reflect and simply be in the world. Watch Goldberg discuss her beliefs and philosophies in her beautiful town of Taos, New Mexico, in this new video from Open Road Integrated Media.

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