Natalie Goldberg

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Natalie Goldberg
Born (1948-01-04) January 4, 1948 (age 76)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationWriter, teacher, Zen practitioner

Natalie Goldberg (born January 4, 1948)[1] is an American popular author and speaker.[2] She is best known for a series of books which explore writing as Zen practice.[3]


Goldberg has studied Zen Buddhism for more than thirty years[4] and practiced with Dainin Katagiri Roshi for six years.[4][5] 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.[6][7][8] Her 2013 book, The True Secret of Writing, is a follow-up to that work.[9][10]


  • 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
  • Three Simple Lines: A Writer's Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku (2021), ISBN 978-1608686971
  • Writing Down the Bones Deck: 60 Cards to Free the Writer Within (2021), ISBN 978-1611809008


External links[edit]