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
  • Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home: A Memoir (2018), ISBN 978-1611805673


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