What others have to say
“Wendy Hoke has been a true professional, handling a variety of assignments throughout the three years she has been writing for the Catholic Universe Bulletin. Her versatility as a journalist has been tested time and again. She has repeatedly demonstrated her skills through quality reporting and excellent writing. I am pleased to have her as a contributor to our publication.”
EXPERIENCED WRITER FOR HIRE
Wendy A. Hoke is equally comfortable interviewing former presidents and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists; education reformers and business leaders; those quietly working for a better world and those changing lives through their words and actions.
Long-form narrative writing
Storytelling: The best way to tell a story is through the people who are involved or served by an organization or a program. Wendy has developed, over the course of a three-year project, a process for long-term observation, reporting and writing by earning the trust of those about whom she is writing in order to capture the challenges and success of progress. This narrative nonfiction style informs much of Wendy's work.
Books: Wendy is interested in nonfiction books, including histories, biographies and current events.
Annual reports: An abbreviated form of storytelling is used to share the stories of mission-driven organizations dedicated to social services.
Wendy uses her journalistic techniques to create compelling, revealing
profiles about the ordinary and extraordinary people in our midst. Past interview subjects have said, "Your wonderful questions were a refreshing change from the typical media questions I often get." Another subject said: "You distilled so well the heart of all we bantered about for what, 2 hours?!?" Good interviewing is like a conversation.
Wendy’s expertise in editing encompasses all aspects from basic copy editing to complete magazine editing. In her 13 years of magazine editing experience, she has been responsible for everything from creating a new city magazine from scratch to newsstand in four months time to managing quality freelance talent, guiding story development and research, working closely with art directors and designers and managing the final printing and proofing process. Editing services include:
Wendy is available to talk about writing, the business of freelancing and the process of storytelling. She has spoken on a number of topics, including:
• Getting started as a freelancer
• First Place, Features, Catholic Press Association Awards, 2008 • 2008 Society of Professional Journalists, Cleveland Chapter, Distinguished Service Award • 2008 Peter Jennings Fellow for Journalism and the Constitution, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, Penn.