Irene Panke Hopkins is a writer who specializes in non-fiction, essays and newsletters. As an editor her goal is to help clients find their authentic voice and and express themselves effectively.
Born and raised in NYC, Irene lives on a 42’ sailboat in Seattle with her husband, Dan. They spend their summers cruising the Pacific Northwest coast and, when the gray and rain of Seattle become too dreary, escape to warm, southern climes for a few weeks to a few months each winter.
Irene has worked in theater, (once auditioning for Paul Newman); with homeless and runaway teens at Covenant House, a shelter in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan; and at Seattle’s University of Washington Medical Center running cancer support programs and writing a monthly newsletter for the Volunteer Department.
Before leaving her nine-to-five to pursue writing and editing full time, Irene wrote a quarterly newsletter for the University of Washington’s Spanish Department.
Irene has been a columnist for a local newspaper for many years with a loyal following. Her personal writing has appeared in anthologies, blogs, magazines and internet publications. Individuals contract her for writing and editing projects. Irene is as happy helping clients find their way on the page as she is working on her own material.