This Week in Fandom Volume 12

This Week in Fandom, Volume 45

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, a heads up that it appears that people are still debating sexism in Doctor Who and its fandom. With 30 comments so far on a 300-word article.


The Guardian posted an article written by a furry fan hoping to dispel the stigma surround the practice. The author, Brian Switek, recounts their personal experience accepting the fact that they’re a furry, and that that’s ok.

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OTW Guest Post

OTW Guest Post: Alice Huzar

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.

Alice Huzar is a Canadian/British filmmaker currently in production on Fanfic: The Documentary. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia and reads far too much fanfic.

How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?

I’ve been aware of fanart and fanvids for years, but they really never really hooked me in, and I’d encountered specific individual fanfic stories from time to time, but never delved further. It wasn’t until I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell a few years ago that I became aware of the whole fanfiction world. The book really grabbed me and I was really intrigued by the idea of writers and readers being so hooked by stories that existed outside of the original canon. I didn’t understand the appeal, and so started reading fanfic myself to try and discover what people loved about it. I got hooked really really quickly, and am now a massive advocate for fanfiction.

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OTW Recruitment banner by Erin

The OTW is Recruiting Abuse and Elections Staff!

Are you interested in volunteering for the Organization for Transformative Works as Abuse Committee Staff or Elections Committee Staff?

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Tag Wrangling Volunteers and Fanlore Staff.

Today, we’re excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Abuse Committee Staff – closing 29 March 2017 23:59 UTC
  • Elections Committee Staff: Team Coordinator – closing 29 March 2017 23:59 UTC
  • Elections Committee Staff: Voting Process Architect – closing 29 March 2017 23:59 UTC

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don’t see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

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