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October 27, 2000

Natalie Goldberg to speak at UW-RF

Renowned author and teacher of writing Natalie Goldberg will speak on campus at the University of WisconsinčRiver Falls on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Chalmer Davee Library. Her visit will include a reading from her work, as well as discussion and book signing. Goldberg recently published her latest book, "Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft."

Goldberg is also the author of "Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within" (1986), which started a revolution in the way authors practice writing in this country. The book has sold almost one million copies and has been translated into eight languages.

Through this book and "Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life" (1990), Goldberg shares her love of writing and seeks to inspire and instruct aspiring writers. Interwoven among her instructions are autobiographical portions that reveal Goldberg's own methods and struggles as a writer, as well as other more spiritual aspects of her life, especially the effect that Goldberg's study of Zen Buddhism has had on her life.

Goldberg has written six other books, including a novel, "Banana Rose," "Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America," which focuses on her relationship with Zen master Katagiri Roshi, and "Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World," about painting, which she practices as a second art form.

She has been practicing Zen meditation and teaching seminars in writing for the past 25 years. People from around the world attend her life-changing workshops, and she has a reputation as a great teacher.

Currently, Goldberg is conducting a series of events and classes at the Clouds in Water Zen Center at 308 Prince Street in St. Paul, Minn. Topics focus on Zen insights and writing.

For more information, contact Lynn Jermal, UW-RF art department at 715/225-3375 or 3266.

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