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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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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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OTW 10th anniversary history

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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OTW 10th Anniversary Chat


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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OTW 10th Anniversary Chat


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
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OTW 10th Anniversary Chat

Did you miss the chat with author Lev Grossman? If so you can check out the transcript of his talk at https://goo.gl/KGa7sw
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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said


"I’ve used fanfic archives, Yahoo Groups, LiveJournal, Fanfiction.net, AO3, and tumblr among others so I know just how important what OTW does is for fandom. I’ve seen the good (even great), bad, and ugly that can from fandom and I still keep coming back for more. I can’t get enough of seeing and reading other fans’ passion for the things that I love."

In Five Things, graphics volunteer Rachel G discusses what she creates for the OTW and what she likes about the results: https://goo.gl/UgBcsY
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WhedonCon 2017

Join OTW on May 19th at 6pm as part of Los Angeles area‘s Whedon Con 2017. We’ll answer questions about our projects & discuss what fans need to know about copyright law: https://goo.gl/In0xza
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5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Graphics volunteer Kat St. Pete kicks off our new series 5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said. Come ask a bonus question! http://bit.ly/1Ss98FR
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5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Graphics volunteer Kat St. Pete kicks off our new series 5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said. Come ask a bonus question! http://bit.ly/1Ss98FR

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