2009–current: Working on a new novel and other fiction.
2008–2009: Worked as a Development Assistant at That Man May See in San Francisco, CA. I supported the president and annual fund manager with a wide range of detail-oriented activities relating to fund raising for vision research, education, and patient care. I performed administrative tasks, proofread proposals, and assisted in the coordinating and editing of publications such as VISIONS newsletter. That Man May See (affiliated with UCSF’s Ophthalmology Department) strives to raise the much needed funds for vision research that would otherwise not be possible due to government funding being at an all-time low.
2007–2008: Worked as a Copy Editor/Proofreader for Charles Schwab in San Francisco, CA. As a member of a dedicated proofreading team in one of Schwab’s largest offices, I upheld company standards and legal requirements for both print and online material. A diligent nature and meticulous eye was needed to affirm that all trademarks, copyright lines, disclaimers, and other key text elements were in proper form.
2006–2007: Worked as a Copy Editor/Proofreader for Marketing Designs in Belmont, CA. Was responsible for proofreading and editing all projects, both printed and on-screen, at every stage, produced by writers, designers, and account managers. Handled multiple projects with tight turnaround and precision, ensuring all proofs were accurately written and formatted.
2006: Worked as a Formatting Proofreader for Crimson Language Services in San Francisco, CA. Nit-picking attention to detail was utilized in a productive team environment. Was responsible for comparing translated, formatted documents against English language original to ensure accuracy. Excellent communication skills as well as a high quality conscious was needed to ensure instructions for medical devices were formatted to exact specifications.
2005–2007: Served as Fiction Reader/Proofreader/Copy Editor for online literary journal, Switchback.
2005–2006: Served as Organizer/Host for monthly fiction/poetry readings at the Bazaar Cafe.
2003: Volunteered for San Francisco’s annual literary festival, Litquake.
1996: Served as staff member for literary journal, Transfer.
Qwert City is the official home of fiction writer Alika Yarnell. The name "Qwert City" was derived from the first five letters of the standard typewriter. Qwert City serves as a place where Alika can share with the world and vice versa. It is a place where words collide with creativity and synchronicity in hope to serve some kind of function.