Jane Vandenburgh

July 20th, 2016

Just Back from Fishtrap 2016

Fishtrap, located six hours east of Portland in Wallowa Country, welcomes its new director in Shannon McNerney. She too is dedicated to clear writing in the West

July 1st, 2016

The Place of the Physical in the Personal Memoir

Last Friday night, June 24th, Cafe Society welcomed Neal Snidow, whose beautiful memoir Vista Del Mar has just been published. The book’s subtitle is “A Memoir of the Ordinary,” as it’s about the kind of normal family who seemed to inhabit the houses whose plate glass windows I’d gaze into longingly, wondering what it’d be […]

January 9th, 2016

“When Grace at the Bliss Cafe Calls” Is Published in The New Yorker

“When Grace at the Bliss Cafe Calls” is published in The New Yorker under circumstances as extraordinary as those that prompted the writing of the poem itself.

August 28th, 2015

How the Yearlong Works

Writers are encouraged to write in scene rather than in summary of scene. You are asked to jump into the dynamic process, to start anywhere along the storyline, ignoring the problems of structure and skipping the complex difficulties of finding your story’s “beginning.” The idea is that you write the scenes of your story’s story first, […]