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Sun, Oct 20


Iowa City

A Lunch and Conversation with Natalie Goldberg

Meet Natalie and join in a conversation about her new book "Writing on Empty"

A Lunch and Conversation with Natalie Goldberg
A Lunch and Conversation with Natalie Goldberg

Time & Location

Oct 20, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Iowa City, 1019 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA

About the event

Natalie Goldberg has influenced generations of aspiring creative writers with books like "Writing Down the Bones" and "Wild Mind." Her books offer  down-to-earth guidance for developing a meaningful writing practice in the real world, however different that is for each of us. In her new book, "Writing on Empty," she opens up about a new experience; that of loosing her will to write, and finding her way back to it. Join Natalie  at this limited seating intimate event. PorchLight director Jennifer Colville will talk with Natalie about how to use her new book. There will be a group conversation and a light lunch. The price of the event includes a copy of "Writing on Empty."

Natalie Goldberg is the author of fifteen books, including Writing Down the Bones (Shambhala, 1986), which has sold over one million copies, has been translated into fourteen languages, and started a revolution in the way we practice writing in this country.

She recently co-edited a collection of talks by revered zen teacher Katherine Thanas, The Truth of This Life (Shambhala, 2018). In her latest memoir Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home(Shambhala, 2018), she shares her experience with cancer grounded in her practice of zen and writing. Her other books include The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life (Shambhala, 2016), the novel Banana Rose (Bantam, 1995), and the beloved Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America, a memoir about her zen teacher Katagiri Roshi.

Natalie is also a prolific painter. Her book Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing (Abrams, 2014), describes painting as her second art form. Top of My Lungs (Overlook Press, 2004) contains forty poems, twenty of her paintings in color, and an essay, “How Poetry Saved My Life.” Natalie’s paintings are available to view on this website.

For more than forty years Natalie has practiced zen and taught seminars in writing as a practice. 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 lives in Northern New Mexico.


  • Natalie Goldberg at PorchLight

    This ticket includes lunch and a copy of "Writing on Empty"




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