About Natalie

Natalie Writing

Photo by Mitsue Nagase

Natalie Goldberg is the author of Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within (1986), which broke open the world of creativity and started a revolution in the way we practice writing in this country. The book has sold over one million copies and been translated into fourteen languages. Since then she has written nine other books, including the novel Banana Rose.

Natalie Painting

Photo by Mitsue Nagase

Natalie is also a prolific painter. Her book Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World, describes painting as her second art form. Her lively watercolors are exhibited at Ernesto Mayans Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico and you can see her paintings on this website. Top of My Lungs (Overlook Press), contains forty poems, twenty of her paintings in color and an essay, “How Poetry Saved My Life.”

Natalie has been teaching seminars in writing as a practice for the last thirty years. People from around the world attend her life-changing workshops and she has earned a reputation as a great teacher. The Oprah Winfrey Show sent a film crew to spend the day with Natalie for a segment on Spirituality that covered her writing, teaching, painting, and walking meditation. She currently lives in Northern New Mexico.