Alissa's Curriculum Vitae


Master of Arts – English Literature – California State University, Northridge (2012)
Bachelor of Arts – English Literature – University of California, Davis (2008)

Professional Experience

Founded Red Pen for Rent in 2012

Freelance Proofreader – Graphic Orb (2010–2013)
Proofread a large volume of advertising and communication projects for brand editorial style and consistency using various client-specific style guides (clients included Amgen, Sony, Gooding, Honda Financial Services, and Intel); verified content against project documentation; reviewed materials at various stages of development; worked in collaboration with project managers and production artists

Catalogue Production Manager – Gooding & Company (2012)
Produced two 300-page art-quality catalogues for Gooding & Company’s 2012 Pebble Beach Auctions in just 5 weeks: assigned writers; edited text; wrote text; coordinated text review process; and managed vendors, writers, and car specialists

Writer + Editor – Eco Family News (2009–2010)
Researched and wrote articles, compiled newsletters, proofread and edited articles and correspondence

Editor – Actor’s Ink ezine (published by Now Casting) (2008–2009)
Edited text and layout of Actor’s Ink ezine and transcribed interviews

Writer + Photographer – Animal Match Rescue Team (2008)
Wrote blurbs and took photos of shelter animals to help increase their odds of adoption

Writer – Milestone SEO (2007)
Wrote articles relating to water damage and mold remediation and then posted those articles to sites such as Article Sphere with keywords linking back to the company’s website

Professional Conferences

Moderated “Education: Dialectics and Linguistics in the Classroom” panel at “Looking Askew: Odd-Angle Approaches” at California State University, Northridge (April 2012)

“Alcatraz versus the Establishment” at “Looking Askew: Odd-Angle Approaches” at California State University, Northridge (April 2012)

“Coming of Age in Middlesex” at “Sex…or Something Like It” at California State University, Northridge (March 2012)

“Dangers of the Condescending Narrator: A Critical Perspective on Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz Series for Middle-Grade Readers” at “Once Upon a Precipice” at California State University, Northridge (April 2011)

Board Work, etc.

Current Member of EFA Diversity Initiative and Pilot Welcome Program
Current Category Leader of GCLS Awards Process IRC Evaluation Team
2017 Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) Judge
2016–2017 Member-at-Large on Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) Board of Directors
2014–16 President of the Chattanooga Writer’s Guild (CWG)