Writing about food & restaurants, travel & destinations, architecture & design for brands and editorial outlets.

Senior Copywriter (freelance)

NYC, LA & REMOTE

Jan. 2011 – Present

Self-employed writer working with agencies and companies on projects short-term and long-term, B2B and consumer-facing. Requirements have included extensive research, client management.

Journalist & Travel Writer (freelance)

Writing about food & restaurants, travel & destinations, architecture & design for brands and editorial outlets.

REMOTE

Jan. 2008 – Present

Editorial writer and journalist for magazines and online publications. Features about social issues and the arts have appeared in The Nation, Smithsonian Magazine, VanityFair.com, Curbed and elsewhere.  Travel writing bylines include CNN, The Washington Post, Suitcase and Away Luggage branded publication HERE. 

Sponsored Content Writer, Bisnow (freelance)

NYC & REMOTE

Winter-Spring 2019

Writer and peer editor of B2B branded content on all aspects of commercial real estate. Responsibilities included phone interviews with clients and SMEs, work in a CMS, and publication of four to six 700- to 1,000-word posts weekly.

Associate Editor, DVEIGHT Magazine (freelance)

CATSKILLS & REMOTE

Mar. 2017 - Present

Contributing editor to Catskills-based, large format print lifestyle magazine focusing on arts, culture and trends.

Senior Campaign Producer, Askwith & Co (freelance)

LA, NYC & REMOTE

Oct. 2015 - Nov. 2017

Crowdfunding consultant for large-scale, multi-million-dollar crowdfunding campaigns. Responsibilities included project management, managing team members, outline and execution of content-driven marketing strategies, brand and voice guardrails, content creation, PR, and working with talent. Campaigns include Super Troopers II, Bring Back MST3K and In the Soup. Co-produced highest-grossing doc film crowdfund in history.

Social Media Manager, MakerBot  (freelance)

NYC 

June 2015 - Jan. 2017

Director of community engagement and social brand awareness for a prosumer 3D printing manufacturer. Deliverables included social media management, voice guardrails, customer support workflow and templates, case studies, social content creation and running customer surprise and delight campaigns.

Director of Marketing, VHX (now Vimeo OTT)

NYC

April 2014 - May 2015

Directing marketing efforts at a video start-up. Responsibilities included inbound marketing strategy, PR, writing all content for product, blog, case studies, social media posts, and designing and giving talks on audience building.

Staff Writer, various (freelance)

REMOTE

Jan. 2008 – Nov. 2014

I have been a regular contributor or freelance "staff" writer at the following publications: Cinespect (2011-2014): Staff writer of film reviews and interviews.

Architizer (2011-2012): Regular contributor, architecture and design coverage.

GOOD Magazine (2008-2009): Daily blogger.

VanityFair.com (2008-2011): Regular contributor, arts, music and culture.

Huffington Post (2008-2010): Regular contributor, arts, music and culture.

Lead Writer, GroupMe Experiences (Skype)

NYC

July 2012 - July 2013

Defined the editorial voice for an experimental new revenue stream for Skype’s GroupMe, managed content strategy and produced all written content for product, marketing, blog, user outreach, and social media.

Director of Communications & Special Projects, 212box Architecture LLC

NYC

June 2011 – June 2012

Lead writer and social media content strategist. Responsibilities included project descriptions, website copy, project look books, e-newsletters, press releases, and grant proposals.

Director of Communications, O+ Festival (Freelance)

KINGSTON, NY & REMOTE

May 2009 - Nov. 2014

Co-founder of a national arts non-profit. Defined editorial voice, wrote mission statement and all blog and web content, all community and press outreach, e-marketing and more before transitioning to Board of Directors. 

Web Producer, Vanity Fair (Freelance)

NYC

Jan. 2007 – July 2010

After a staff position as JANE magazine web editor concluded with the magazine’s folding, provided web copywriting and content management on a full-time freelance basis for Vanity Fair and W.

Lead Writer, Experiences (Seasonal)

New Haven

Yale University

Summers 2004, 2005

At a prestigious summer enrichment program for high school students on Yale's Campus, I worked with the seasonal, on-site Director of Communications to interview students and faculty and tell multimedia stories about the events of the summer on Explo's blog and social media channels.

 

SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

As an expert in building and engaging digital communities, I've participated in panels and lead workshops and discussions on crowdfunding, fan engagement and audience building, including:

2014

2015

HOT DOCS FILM FESTIVALToronto, Canada

Ignite Labs Workshops and "Kickstart Strategic Partnerships" Panel

MARKETING UNITED CONFERENCENashville, TN

SOHO HOUSE, New York, NY

Lower East Side Film Festival speaker series

Speaker: “Distribution & Audience Building for the Creative Entrepreneur”

GEENA DAVIS INSTITUTE, Bloomberg, New York, NY

See Jane Salon Speaker Series

Panelist: "Art of the Deal"

THE APPLE STORE, New York, NY

The Tribeca Film Festival Speaker Series

Speaker: "Creative Entrepreneurs in Film"

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVALPark City, UT

Sundance Institute Artist Services 

Panelist

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Vancouver, Canada

Panelist: "Power to the Indie"

SLOAN FOUNDATION, Los Angeles, California

Sloan Film Summit 2014

Panelist: “Digital Distribution 101: Panel with Industry Experts”

FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL, Montreal, Quebec

Industry Rendez-Vous

Panelist: "Lessons Learned in Crowdfunding"

 

SELECT EDUCATION

Kenyon College

Gambier, Ohio

Summer 2016

KENYON REVIEW WRITERS WORKSHOPS

Poetry (Carl Phillips)

NYC

Jan. - Mar. 2015

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Digital Marketing

Los Angeles

Spring 2014

AMERICAN FILM MARKET 

Independent Film Distribution and Marketing

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Spring 2013

HARVARD SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

Digital Marketing: Social Media, Online Strategy

Northwestern University

Chicago, IL

Spring  2013

KELLOGG SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AT NORTHWESTERN 

Digital Marketing for Microsoft

NYC

Winter  2012-2013

GOTHAM WRITERS WORKSHOP

Fiction Writing

THE SALT INSTITUTE FOR DOCUMENTARY STUDIES

Documentary Photography (35mm)

Poughkeepsie, NY

Sept. 2002 - Dec. 2005

VASSAR COLLEGE

Bachelors Degree in Anthropology

Portland, ME

Jan. 2006 - May 2006

GET IN TOUCH

Email me:  alexandra@marvar.co 

Connect with me on LinkedIn:  /alexandramarvar 

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