Patricia Shannon

Patricia Shannon, Senior Editor for Southern Living
Title: Lifestyle Writer
Education: University of Central Florida
Location: Birmingham, AL
Expertise: Etiquette, Beauty, Housekeeping, Decorating, Gardening, Entertaining

Patricia has worked as a lifestyle writer and expert for over a decade. She focuses on topics such as cleaning, gardening, decorating, floral arranging, etiquette, and beauty. Over the years she has helped millions of readers tackle anything from finally cleaning their washing machine to pulling off a professional-looking centerpiece for their holiday table. 


University of Central Florida - Bachelor, Journalism, minor in English-writing

Lifestyle Editor, Southern Living, 2013 - 2022

Contributing Lifestyle Writer, Southern Living, 2022 - Present


Patricia began her professional writing career in 2009 with Southern Accents magazine. There she was based in the copy and fact-checking department, working on stories written by the industry’s leading voices and featuring Southern style-makers and decorators renowned in their field. From there, Patricia jumped into the world of food writing, spending two years as a contributor for Cooking Light magazine, while also contributing to sister sites and She went back to her roots in 2013 as a staffer for Southern Living where she once again delighted in covering topics ranging from etiquette, beauty, homes, decorating, gardening, and more. She helped conceptualize some of the brand’s most successful pillars and franchises while ideating and writing weekly content geared toward readers’ seasonal interests and search trends. 


Patricia graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2009 with a degree in journalism, and minor in English - writing. She was a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the University of Central Florida’s academic honor society. 

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