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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-10-18 05:43 pm

Thank You!

Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, October 12-18, 2017

However you took part in #otwdonate, thank you for getting us started on our next 10 years! We've got some numbers for you about how this membership drive turned out: https://goo.gl/SMZamk

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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-10-15 12:02 pm

Looking Forward

Donors in the last 10 years have allowed the OTW to offer what it does today. Will you help us achieve more over the next 10? http://goo.gl/uF2LiA

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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-10-11 05:31 pm

OTW: A Decade of Serving Fans

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The history of the OTW spans a full decade. To keep our work going, we need your support. Learn more and donate today: https://goo.gl/sGQA77
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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-10-10 09:13 pm

OTW Finance: 2017 Budget Update

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We've updated our budget for the rest of the year, and we're making plans for the future, too! Learn more here: https://goo.gl/tKRHEA
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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-10-10 10:05 am

Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2017

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Happy Ada Lovelace Day from the OTW! Learn more about Ada Lovelace and her contribution to coding here: https://goo.gl/jGtUJw
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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-10-09 11:15 am

MTAC is Moving to the AO3

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MTAC, an NCIS fanfiction archive, is moving to AO3. Did you post there? Learn more about the move and claiming your works here: https://goo.gl/YJU33Q
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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-10-08 11:52 am

September 2017 Newsletter, Volume 117

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In the OTW September newsletter: #OTW10 celebrations, upgrades to AO3, legal advocacy, and more! Read it all here: https://goo.gl/ckqq4Z
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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-10-07 09:32 am
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Five Things SoyAlex Said

Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

In FiveThings SoyAlex relates her glittery path to Fanlore staff & why there might be future restraining orders https://goo.gl/dMCLX8

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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-10-05 10:18 am

OTW Guest Post: Betsy Craig

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"Fan art is also another part of fandom culture that inspires me and takes characters where I’d wish they could go but sadly did not in their original form. Fandom artists are unbelievably talented in their own way and artistic lane…whether it be canon, fantasy, AU or OTP. It’s just another way to be fulfilled by existing characters that touched us and now are being taken to another plane."

OTW guest Betsy Craig talks Hannibal fandom & the learning curve involved in launching a fan run convention: https://goo.gl/3wuKYP
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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-10-04 10:19 am

The OTW is Recruiting Graphic Designers and Translators

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Are you multilingual? Do you love making graphics? The OTW is recruiting graphic designers & translators!

There is particular need for translators who know Arabic, Bengali, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Filipino, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Korean, Latvian, Malay, Marathi, Norwegian, Polish, Serbian, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Welsh.

Learn more and apply here: https://goo.gl/QrKk11
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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-10-03 10:22 am

West Wing Fanfiction Central is Moving to the AO3

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West Wing Fanfiction Central, a West Wing fanfiction archive, is being imported to AO3. Learn more here: https://goo.gl/dKawLW
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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-09-30 03:02 pm

Transcript for OTW’s 10th Anniversary Chat with Tessa Gratton & Kate McNair

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*Kate M.: And then the internet came to my house. And that little dial up connection changed my life. All of a sudden this comic from Japan was at my fingertips! I could find all sorts of websites about Sailor Moon and even more anime and manga. I devoured it all! I became almost as obsessed with these websites as I was with the series I was reading and watching. And soon I wanted to contribute to this community. I wrote my own, very bad, fanfic and went to make website to host the first few stories and fell in love with web design. Soon I was more interested in the web design part than I was in the fanfic (thank god, as I was very bad at writing fanfic). I started making websites about all my favorite series which lead me to all sorts of coding languages and information hierarchies. By that time I was working in my public library as a shelver…and they asked me to help them build a collection of manga and comics and I was hooked. I haven’t looked back since!

*Tessa: For a long time YA was the genre where you could do ANYTHING. Genre-bending, pushing the envelope re: sex and narrative, you could experiment—the only thing you had to have in the story was some kind of teenage experience. I do think that YA has specialized a bit more in the past five years, and it's united by the Teen Experience—regardless of genre—and opening up in huge ways to marginalized teen experiences.

I love the intimacy and immediacy of YA. Most of it, especially the successful books, put the reader right into the heart (narratively and emotionally) of a character, and pull the reader along unstoppably until the last page. YA is the kind of genre where you can hope for and even expect to not want to put a book down until you finish. Not because they’re all action-oriented page-turners, but because you become that character, and invest in them in a way that isn’t always present in other genres.

Did you miss our chat with author Tessa Gratton & Kate McNair of YALSA? If so you can check out the transcript of their talk https://goo.gl/FGo9pM
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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-09-28 10:19 am

Support the OTW by Reading!

Choose Books, Buy Books, Support the OTW


Karen: A great thing about working in fan studies is that people spontaneously e-mail you with remarks like, “OMG I thought I was the only person who considered this stuff valuable! And you edited this book!” So I want people to remember that not only is fan engagement valuable, but it is constitutive of fandom — fundamental, essential. Fans talking to each other = fandom. This book is part of that. By editing this book, we sought to make the conversation transparent and overt, so anyone can join in, be it outside academic or current fan, because it’s all about engagement.

Want to read about fanfiction?  There are various ways to support the Organization for Transformative Works but this might be the most fun: https://goo.gl/g3DnBw 
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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-09-27 10:35 am

A Little Piece of Gundam Wing and Soul Circuit are Moving to the AO3

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Coming to AO3: a little piece of gundam wing & soul circuit, fanwork archives for Gundam Wing and Koko Wa Greenwood. Find out more here: https://goo.gl/CBg2kN
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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-09-26 01:29 pm

This Week in Fandom, Volume 63

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This Week in Fandom: A victory for fair use, American Ninja Warrior inspired fitness, pop music stan life, and more! https://goo.gl/8Luqpa
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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-09-25 10:57 am

Could You Win an OTW Trivia Contest?

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Would you like to find some OTW trivia? If so, we've got prizes for you! How many questions can you answer? https://goo.gl/A8bPvD
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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-09-21 11:06 am

OTW Guest Post: Henry Jenkins

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“News of the OTW bubbled up from many directions at once, most likely through my associations with Escapade, but also through an academic colleague whose partner at the time was involved. I was so excited to hear about the emergence of this fan advocacy network which brought together fannish lawyers willing to help protect our fair use rights as fans; fan scholars publishing their work through a peer-reviewed journal; fan programmers using their skills in support of the community; and of course, an archive where fans controlled what happened to their own works without the interference of web 2.0 interests.

Each of these things is important on its own terms, but taken together, this organization has been a transformative force, in all senses of the words, for fans and their rights to participate.”

For our anniversary Henry Jenkins talks fan studies, students, fandom changes over the years & why it's worth fighting for: http://goo.gl/fm19m5

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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-09-18 10:06 am

25 Things to Know About the OTW

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We've been around a while now, so as part of celebrating our 10th anniversary here are 25 things to know about the OTW! https://goo.gl/FuuMWS

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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-09-17 01:19 pm

Transcript of OTW 10th Anniversary Chat with Seanan McGuire & Martha Wells

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What were some of your early experiences like when your work gained its own fans?

*MarthaWells
I think my favorite experience is seeing the fan art, and seeing fanfic from my books show up in Yuletide. That’s hugely exciting to see fanfic and fan art of your work, especially to someone who was a fan from way back in the print zine era.

*SeananMcGuire
The first time something I’d created showed up as a fandom option for Yuletide, I literally cried. Happy tears! But it was like, HOLY WHAT NO HOW OMG VIXY LOOK AT THIS DO YOU SEE THIS. It’s amazing. It’s still amazing. I can’t read any of the fanfic of my own work, but knowing it exists makes me so happy.

Did you miss our chat with Seanan McGuire & Martha Wells? If so check out the transcript of their talk https://goo.gl/Q3Wu6P
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[personal profile] otw_staff2017-09-16 07:38 pm

Transcript for 10th Anniversary Chat with Christina Lauren and Catherine Roach

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What things have you been excited to see in recent years, either regarding fandom or work in your genre(s)?

*Catherine R.
I really like fanfiction and its explosion on the internet. I think fanfic is a great way for people to learn the craft skills of writing. Many of my college students fall in love with writing that way: by reading fanfic and then starting to write it themselves. I always encourage them to go for it! I love the supportive structure it creates for imagination and fantasy to run wild. I think that realm is so important. Imagination lets us explore quandaries of desire and justice and truth and conflict: all the central problems of what it means to be human.

*Christina L.
It’s been incredibly exciting to see so many writers from our fandom specifically or fandom in general out there publishing books. Of course we all know the big ones—EL James, Cassie Clare—but there are others from the Twi world that had fantastic voices and ideas and who are now also bestsellers. Sally Thorne, Alice Clayton, Nina Bocci, Leisa Rayven, Mariana Zapata, Amanda Weaver—all of these women wrote fantastic fic.

Did you miss our chat with Christina Lauren & Catherine Roach? If so check out the transcript of their talk! https://goo.gl/8DR1PG