About Us

Lane Browning

Lane Browning was first paid for writing when she was a teenager, earning bylines in the Bangkok World and the Sacramento Bee before completing a degree in Journalism. She has published hundreds of essays, investigative pieces, short stories, business articles, doggerel, humor, snarky letters, jokes, reviews, biographies, advice items and features in The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, The Oregonian, Portland Tribune, New Woman, OMNI, California Today, Cosmopolitan, Portland magazine, USAir, Rain City Review, Reader’s Digest, Executive Female, Black Lamb and others she’s forgotten.

She edited a massive book about the history of Packard engines (the book weighs nearly as much as an engine) and several books about developmental disorders as well as articles for medical journals. It’s her voice you hear on the audiobook The Fabric of Autism, Weaving the Threads into a Cogent Theory, by Judith Bluestone. She helped Ross Eliot finalize his memoir Babette: The Many Lives, Two Deaths and Double Kidnapping of Dr. Ellsworth. She presented career/resume workshops at New Seasons and for NELA, and she delivered five writing coaching sessions for Multnomah County, in its wonderful libraries.

She has worked as a reporter, sailing instructor, magazine editor, radio host assistant, and paralegal. She taught ESL to Royal Thai Navy officers in Bangkok at 16; she fell into a puffin burrow in Iceland in 2005 (no puffins were harmed; no puffin eggs were scrambled).

Her Willamette Week column “Whiplash” was named most popular feature in several surveys and was syndicated nationally; she judged WW’s fiction contest.  She taught classes for Oregon Writers Workshop and the Mountain Writers Center in Portland and judged the Kay Snow Writing Competition for Willamette Writers. She has read her work for events at Barnes and Noble, Broadway Books, Powell’s Books, Proper Eats, Bold Sky Cafe, Rose Schnitzer Manor, Annie Bloom’s Books, the Jack London Pub (alas, now defunct), and smaller venues where the smell of coffee overpowers the scent of syllables. She has owned and operated three writing shops in California and two in Portland, mentoring more than two dozen employees, some of whom survived without scars.

She has published hundreds of personal essays and can help YOU craft your own memoir, if that is the route out of your emotional tangle/conflict — or the route toward your jubilation. Perhaps writing your story isn’t a route to anything but is, itself, the thing.

Lane is far too fond of parentheticals and ellipses. She is very UNfond of dangling modifiers, superfluous apostrophes, misused reflexive pronouns, and tautology. She knows that “bicep” and “tricep” are not accurate terms for anything; she knows that koalas and pandas are not bears and a peanut is not a nut; and she cherishes her Random House unabridged dictionaries.

She has volunteered with the SMART program since 2001 and has the preposterously endearing photos to prove it. She’s also contributed hundreds of hours to local and international organizations. If you want to participate, try volunteermatch.org, craigslist, or handsonportland.org. Call or write for specific volunteering ideas.

She won her college bowling title a very long time ago, right after bowling competitions discontinued the use of boulders.

In addition to writing, she offers coaching, cheerleading, counseling, advocacy and research services. She knows the lyrics to far too many songs and can’t be persuaded not to sing. Rain is, to her, the most wonderful of all descending things, and she is happy to rhapsodize on the topic. She celebrates Homo sapiens every day:


Give her questions; she will furnish answers. However, don’t ask her to explain Fermat’s last theorem, monoclonal antibodies, supply side economics, the Mandelbrot set, Mersenne primes, meiosis, or the completely befuddling popularity of “The Bachelorette.”

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