Natalie Goldberg discusses her book on memoir writing

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Natalie Goldberg discusses her book on memoir writing

Time: March 12, 2009 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: Bookworks
Street: 4022 Rio Grande NW
City/Town: Albuquerque, NM
Website or Map: http://www.bkwrks.com
Phone: 505-344-8139
Event Type: book, talk, and, signing
Organized By: Bookworks
Latest Activity: Mar 21, 2013

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Twenty years ago Natalie Goldberg's classic, Writing Down the Bones, broke new ground in its approach to writing as a practice. Now, Old Friend from Far Away -- her first book since Writing Down the Bones to focus solely on writing -- reaffirms Goldberg's status as a foremost teacher of writing, and completely transforms the practice of writing memoir. To write memoir, we must first know how to remember. Through timed, associative, and meditative exercises, Old Friend from Far Away guides you to the attentive state of thought in which you discover and open forgotten doors of memory. At once a beautifully written celebration of the memoir form, an innovative course full of practical teachings, and a deeply affecting meditation on consciousness, love, life, and death, Old Friend welcomes aspiring writers of all levels and encourages them to find their unique voice to tell their stories. Goldberg's enormously popular workshops have given countless students the ability to heed the call to write. Old Friend from Far Away recreates her trademark workshop style with its terse, demanding writing "sprints" that train the hand and mind to quicken their pace and give up conscious control. These exercises divert the eye from the obvious and redirect it to the tactile details we miss, the embarrassments we pass over, and the complications we overlook in the blur of everyday living. Goldberg writes, "No one says it, but writing induces the state of love." Old Friend from Far Away guides us into that state of love, where heightened attention and a rhythm of focus allow the patterns and details of the past to emerge on the page. Millions of Americans want to write about their lives. With Old Friend as the road map for getting started and following through, writers and readers will gain a deeper understanding of their own minds, learn to connect with their senses in order to find the detail and truth that give their written words power and authenticity, and unfold the natural structure of the stories they carry within. An absolute joy to read, it is a profound affirmation of the capacity of the written word to remember the past, free us from it, and forever transform theway we think about ourselves and our lives. Like Writing Down the Bones, it will become an old friend to which readers return again and again.

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Comment by Gwen Goldsmith on February 26, 2009 at 7:02pm
Natalie was the first writer to inspire me to write my own stories. She made it seem like a grand adventure. I look forward to attending the book signing and reading the newest book.
Comment by Leslie Fox on March 21, 2013 at 10:37am

Hi Gwen! I love Natalie too! She inspired me to write without the editor on my shoulder. I couldn't make it last night and I'm so disapointed. How was it? Have to get the book.

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