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Writing Deep, Writing True: A Day of Writing and Meditation

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The Writing Barn
10202 Wommack Rd
Austin, TX 78748

11/10/2012 From 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

with Dr. Saundra Goldman


Preregistration for this event is now closed. Please note: There will be no walk-up registrations for this workshop.  If you would like to see about registering with a check, please contact Jennifer Ziegler at by 5 pm Thursday, November 8.



$129 for Writers' League members (log in to get member price)

$179 for nonmembers

Ticket price includes lunch


As writers, we need to slow down in order to be good observers of our world. While friends and family rush about, we stand back, try to take it all in, and report back in our stories, poems, and memoirs. But when our minds are filled with to-do lists and Internet chatter, how do we unplug? How do we bring our minds to zero?

This fall retreat offers an opportunity to get away from the noise and distractions of everyday life, to spend the day in silence and stillness—and write. Learn what Natalie Goldberg calls, “the true secret of writing”—the combined structure of sitting meditation, slow walking, and writing practice. Dive beneath the surface of your discursive mind into the belly of writing. Discover what you see, think, and feel and lay it on the page.

Class Takeaways:

• Learn and review the basics of writing practice as described by Natalie Goldberg in her groundbreaking book, Writing Down the Bones, and the complementary practices of meditation and slow walking.
• Get past blocks and procrastination and jump into your writing.
• Learn prompts and exercises that shake your mind and access your heart.
• Connect with like-minded writers in a safe and supportive space.
• Experience writing practice as a path to your deepest truth and your most powerful material.

Who Should Attend:

• Beginning writers looking for a place to enter the writing life.
• Experienced writers in need of creative and spiritual reboot.
• Anyone working on a writing project looking to generate fresh material.
• Meditation students wanting to add writing as a complementary practice.
• Writers interested in the relationship between writing and meditation.


Dr. Saundra Goldman brings years of experience in writing practice, including intensive study with Natalie Goldberg. She currently serves as Goldberg’s assistant for her intensive course at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico. She is the author of “In Process: Thoughts on Writing and Life,” the newsletter for her coaching business, In Process Writing. Saundra’s short stories and essays have been published in The Rambler, Amoskeag,, and Austin Woman. Her articles and art reviews have appeared in Art News, New Art Examiner, Art Papers, Theater and Drama Review, and the Texas Observer. She has also served as art critic for the Austin American-Statesman and the Austin Chronicle. She is currently at work on a book about the feminist sculptor and performance artist Hannah Wilke.



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