Patrice Sweeney

Freelance Writer/Editor


About me

After eight years as a tour guide in Rome, Italy, I feel that I've outgrown the role. Due to my lifelong passion for words, I'm ready for a new challenge in the content development sector. In my freelance roles as a correspondent, social media manager, and writer, I've crafted blogs and articles across the culture, travel, health, and fashion industries. I demonstrate my keen grasp of language in my portfolio, and in my capacity as a freelance editor. I received the Academic Achievement Award while pursuing an MA in Creative Writing, and graduated with a Distinction. With these accomplishments in mind, I'm eager to expand upon my burgeoning career. I garnered an array of relevant, transferrable skills as a tour guide. Leading tours in multiple sites, and to different groups, made adept in producing captivating narratives for targeted audiences. The role required extensive research, and effective public speaking. As such, I have vital experience in collating and relaying information to a segmented demographic, key responsibilities for content developers. I also amassed outstanding interpersonal skills in leading groups of up to 50 people, along with the ability to stay focused in fluctuating, and stressful situations. Liaising with museums and other historical sites exercised my fluent Italian, and talents at organisation. With my writing background and flair for communicating, I believe that I could be a great fit for a content development position.


  • Author
  • Copywriting
  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Blogs
  • Blogging
  • Creative
  • Features
  • Proofreading
  • Web Content
  • Word
  • Culture Writing
  • Academic Editing
  • Research Narrative Development

Work history


Rome Correspondent

Rough Italia

Jul 2013 - Feb 2014
  • -Brainstormed, wrote, edited, and posted own articles on Roman culture for the Milan-based online magazine. -Provided images and planned page layout. -Liaised with Senior Editor on a weekly basis via Skype and email.


Social Media Manager & Blogger

The Kingston Natural Health Centre

Feb 2013 - Dec 2013
  • -Created articles and blogs on natural therapies and/or psychological health three times a week through Wordpress. -Routinely liaised with Madrid-based owners via Skype and email. -Utilised social media, print ads, radio, and grassroots marketing strategies for advertising the centre. -Achieved a working understanding of Google Analytics.


Content Creator & Editor

Freelance Writer/editor

Dec 2011 - Dec 2015
  • CONTENT CREATOR -Contributing Editor for The Culture Trip, an online travel magazine. -Contributor to The Italian Insider, an online Italian culture magazine. -Ghost writer for Gold Coast Couture. Produced long copy on fashion and culture. -Ghost writer for Source4Style. Produced long copy on sustainable sourcing, and “green” fashion. -Published author on Squawk Back, an online literary magazine. EDITOR -Clients mainly from academia. -Check for grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and correct referencing. Rewrite when necessary. -Write detailed feedback about the work. -Organise deadlines, negotiate payments, and draft invoices.


Tour Guide & Excursion Coordinator

Dark Rome Tours; The Roman Foodie; Go Seek Adventures

Aug 2007 - Oct 2015
  • -Role required excellent research, public speaking, leadership, problem solving, and fluency in Italian. -Storytelling and articulacy essential in engaging and coordinating groups of up to 50 clients. -Tours included wine tastings, the Historical Centre, the Vatican Museums, and full day excursions outside of Rome.



Masters in Creative Writing

Kingston University

Aug 2012 - Aug 2013
  • Recipient of the Academic Achievement Award. Graduated with a Distinction.