Welcome

Amanda Shortman freelance writer for hire

Hi, I’m Amanda, the voice behind The Family Patch.

I’m an experienced freelance writer, blogger, and published author with a degree in modern foreign languages. Let’s just say that communication is my “thing”.

I enjoy getting to the heart of a message and spreading it far and wide, and am a passionate advocate for various causes. Whether connecting with people via social media, talking to journalists, attending conferences or simply meeting a local business over a cup of tea, I am at my very best when in conversation with others.

Between 2010 and 2015 The Family Patch was my home online, providing me with a place to express myself and share the things I cared about in a typical blog style. This means that there is a wealth of articles and information on here that showcase the kind of work that I do. If you’d like to know more, please visit my “Best Of” page to see my most popular posts and topics.

You can also see my work away from the blog by visiting my Portfolio page. This showcases work I have done for high profile sites such as iVillageUK and BritMums, as well as my own book, and tv and conference appearances. If you would like to commission me for work, please get in touch via my Contact page.

Finally, if you’d like to see what I’m currently up to, you can find me at Spirit Kid Network, a new site I launched at the beginning of 2016.