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Natalie Goldberg is the author of fourteen books. She has led workshops and retreats for forty years nationally and internationally. She has also painted for as long as I she has written. She lives in northern New Mexico. For more information, please visit www.nataliegoldberg.com.
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Works by Natalie Goldberg

Thunder and Lightning (2000) 507 copies
Banana Rose (1995) 158 copies
Top of My Lungs (2002) 51 copies

Associated Works

The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (1998) — Contributor — 98 copies
The Best American Spiritual Writing 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 84 copies
The Best Spiritual Writing 2002 (2002) — Introduction — 46 copies
The Writer's Handbook 2004 (2003) — Preface — 43 copies


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Places of residence
Long Island, New York, USA
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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Natalie Goldberg has become a famous name among modern teachers of writing. In this short audiobook, she focuses on her process of writing memoirs. She talks about the delicate process of writing from memories and bringing out essential details that eventually form a narrative structure. The audiobook, narrated by the author, is incredibly short but power-packed at around 150 minutes.

Goldberg’s main mode is to start writing first and then piece it together later. Along the way, she includes numerous writing prompts to bring out recollections with maximal energy behind them. As a good teacher, she is incredibly encouraging and gracious while still firm in her guidance. For those who aspire to leave a set of memories in print – for humanity or just for family – this short audiobook provides excellent prodding to get started.… (more)
scottjpearson | 7 other reviews | Sep 4, 2023 |
Natalie Goldberg’s guide for writers seeks to free authors to engage their own minds in writing. Using Zen Buddhism as a template, she describes the practice of writing as similar to meditation in that an author engages her/his own mind. She seeks to free writers from a persistent “inner critic” who chatters doubts, hangups, and insecurities. She labels this the “monkey mind” in contrast to a “creative mind.” As she does in writing seminars, she even proscribes a set duration of writing each day, much like one would engage in prayer or meditation.

Goldberg herself comes from a non-practicing Jewish background. She had no strong educational awards to fall back on but became inspired in the feminist movement to do something noteworthy. She eventually gained a Buddhist mentor whose influence is all over this book and her life. She even re-engaged with Judaic spiritual rhythms.

She speaks in very earthy tones with strong metaphors, which increases reader engagement with the book. This audiobook contains the original text of her book along with interviews about each chapter done over a decade later. Goldberg is sometimes surprised at her confidence and at other times, critiques her younger self. This added dynamic makes the audiobook even more interesting.

Obviously, this book is intended primarily for authors and writing professionals. However, anyone who wants a more transparent relationship with the writing process, whether in business emails or even with computer code (my trade), can benefit from Goldberg’s advice. She simply cautions writers to tone down their self-criticism and actually get down to the process of honest writing. Most readers will engage better with what the author finds most meaningful and relatable. Self-actualization is a key part of the process. This perspective can engage with better writing and better living in 2023 as well as it originally did in the 1980s.
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scottjpearson | 82 other reviews | Sep 2, 2023 |
Just an enjoyable, and stimulating, collection of essays. I read it as I was thinking about writing a short memoir piece of my own, seeking inspiration. Goldberg sets a high standard1
jjbinkc | 1 other review | Aug 27, 2023 |



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