Maria Valatkaite - Writer + Editor

I enjoy purple pens and eviscerating first drafts. I write stuff too.

 
 
 
 
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A little about me

Lithuanian by birth, American by habit, Berliner soul.

 

You can usually find me chugging a Club-Mate while doing some desperate thrift shopping in an attempt to Berlin-ify my wardrobe.

Still, I've gotta eat — I currently work as a copywriter at a Berlin-based tech startup and moonlight as a freelance editor and writer. In addition to my regular degree, I trained as a writing tutor at Tufts University in Boston. I specialize in cross-disciplinary writing and in communicating complex topics effectively and clearly.

I edit primarily for communications agencies with nonprofit clients, with a focus on progressive campaigns and strategic communications plans. Previously, I spent over two years working in media and communications for a trade association, covering subjects as diverse as electric vehicles, renewable technology, sustainability, and energy policy.


Short version? I transform convoluted information into readable media. Check out some of my work below.

Recent work

 
 

Simple words on complex subjects.

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Where does my electricity come from?

What happens when I flip a switch?

It may seem like magic, but that electricity has traveled a long way to get to your house. Let’s go on a field trip behind the wires.

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Hamilton Utilities’ urban forestry program boosts safety, reliability

When Dave Bienemann joined Ohio’s Hamilton Utilities at the start of 2016, the utility had a problem: trees all over the city were leaning on power lines, causing outages and saddling the utility with endless repairs.

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Grid security: It takes a community

Keeping the grid secure is a lot like keeping a neighborhood safe. It works best when the community comes together and shares information so everyone is aware, prepared, and ready to help each other.

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The evolution of electricity

The beginning

Electricity was understood in nature - ancient Mediterranean cultures understood static shock

Patients suffering from gout, headaches advised to touch electric fish in hopes of a cure

Austin Energy launches EV 

transportation hub

Texas-based Austin Energy on March 27 cut the ribbon on Electric Drive, a transportation and charging hub aimed at supporting the city of Austin’s thriving electric vehicle infrastructure.

 

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What do customers expect from your utility?

How do public power utilities adapt to changing customer expectations and new technologies? This was a critical question debated by the keynote expert panel at the American Public Power Association’s November 2016 Customer Connections Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Resume

 

Work History

June 2018 - Current

Contentful, Business Copywriter

Nov 2016 – Current

Freelance Copyeditor

May 2015 – Jan 2018

American Public Power Association, Integrated Media and Communications Coordinator

July 2014 – May 2015

Tagazu LLC, Manager of Marketing and PR

Aug 2011 – May 2014

Academic Resource Center, Undergraduate Writing Fellow

June 2013 – July 2013

European Parliament, Intern for Laima Andrikiene, MEP

June 2012 – Aug 2012

Imagination Playground LLC, Sales and Marketing Intern

May 2012 – Aug 2010

Susan Davis International, Public Relations Intern

Education

Oct 2010 – May 2014

Tufts University, BA History and International Relations, Cum Laude

Sept 2012 – May 2013

University College London (UCL), Junior Year Abroad

 

Skills and Languages

 

Technical 

Microsoft Office Suite

Google Suite 

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Photoshop

Quickbooks

Traditional and headless CMS

Real Magnet/Mailchimp

Languages

English

Lithuanian 

In my free time, I enjoy hostel hopping around the world, honing my irreverent Instagram alter ego, and exercise in the form of running at a slightly below average pace.

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