The Great Spring, with Natalie Goldberg


We are proud to present, in partnership with Fields End and BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network), author and speaker Natalie Goldberg in celebration of her new book The Great Spring and the 30th anniversary edition of her classic, Writing Down the Bones. Goldberg will be at the store on Wednesday, March 16, at 7pm.

We are asking guests to sign up for the event, as we expect a large turnout. Customers who buy the book in advance will receive priority in seating and signing. You can both buy the book and/or sign up for the event below.

What does it take to have a long writing life? Drawing on her years of writing, teaching, and practicing Zen, in The Great Spring Natalie Goldberg shares the experiences that have opened her to new ways of being alive experiences that point the way forward in our lives and our writing.

The "great spring" of this book title refers to the great rush of energy that arrives when you think no life will ever come again--the early yellow flowering forsythia, for example. It also refers to enlightenment: obstructions shatter, pain cracks open, previously resisted truth releases, an acceptance of transiency flows through. Goldberg shares the moments that have sprung from her own life of writing, teaching, and Zen practice --  moments of searching, wandering, zigzagging, losing, and leaping where she has found herself and her voice. In these pages, we watch as Natalie "makes positive effort for the good" one of the guiding rules of her writing life, and we see that if we can stay attentive in our lives, even in the middle of the ruins, "we can hear the sound of a songbird in a Paris chestnut tree." Whether we know if the song comes from inside us or out doesn't matter.

In Writing Down the Bones, Goldberg uses insight, humor, and practicality to inspire writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer's craft: on writing from "first thoughts" (keep your hand moving, don't cross out, just get it on paper), on listening (writing is ninety percent listening; the deeper you listen, the better you write), on using verbs (verbs provide the energy of the sentence), on overcoming doubts (doubt is torture; don't listen to it), even on choosing a restaurant in which to write. Goldberg sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives. The advice in her book, provided in short, easy-to-read chapters with titles that reflect the author's witty approach ("Writing Is Not a McDonald's Hamburger," "Man Eats Car," "Be an Animal"), will inspire anyone who writes or who longs to."


Natalie Goldberg is the author of ten books, including Writing Down the Bones, which has sold over one million copies and has been translated into twelve languages. She has also written the beloved Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America, a memoir about her Zen teacher. For the last 30 years she has practiced Zen and taught seminars in writing as a spiritual practice. She lives in northern New Mexico.



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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611803167
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Published: Shambhala - February 2nd, 2016

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within Cover Image
By Natalie Goldberg, Julia Cameron (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781611803082
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Published: Shambhala - February 2nd, 2016

Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781617690846
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 11th, 2014

The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451641257
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Published: Atria Books - February 11th, 2014