Celebrating OTW's 10 Years of History

25 Things to Know About the OTW

Many of you may be new to the OTW while a few of you have been following our progress since we launched in 2007. Either way, we hope there are things you’ve been discovering about us this month. As our next big anniversary won’t be for a while though, here are 25 things about our organization you can find out right now!

  1. Our Legal Advocacy team was the first OTW project to launch as they worked on incorporating us as a non-profit in 2007. The OTW’s website went live and the first OTW newsletter was posted on December 11, 2007.
  2. One of the OTW’s first donations came in August 2007 from Cory Doctorow, who wrote that December: “This is such a good idea. When Naomi [Novik, OTW co-founder] described it at the WorldCon at a panel that we were on together, I wrote her a check on the spot for $500 to fund the org. I hope she cashes it now that they’ve formally announced.”
  3. Our volunteer records go back to 2007. We have 6 volunteers who have been working with the OTW since then.
  4. Our first membership drive was held from March 1-18, 2008. We raised $11,142 from 396 donations. The drive was announced with LOLcats.
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OTW 10th Anniversary Chat

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

If you missed any of our posts or events celebrating our 10th anniversary, or want to attend future events, check out our announcement post. Below is the transcript for the chat held on September 17th.

The transcript has been edited for arrivals and departures in the room and greetings from the audience.


Sarah L.
Hello and welcome! As advertised, the Organization for Transformative Works is running a series of chats during the month of September in celebration of our 10th anniversary. Today’s chat focuses on Fantasy & Fandom! A transcript will be made public later today.

I’m your moderator, Sarah Loch, and I’m a staffer with the OTW’s Communications committee. We have some prepared questions for guests and then we’ll be opening the floor to audience questions.

Ok, so let’s get started! (more…)

OTW 10th Anniversary Chat

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

If you missed any of our posts or events celebrating our 10th anniversary, or want to attend future events, check out our announcement post . Below is the transcript for the chat held on September 16th.

The transcript has been edited for arrivals and departures in the room as well as greetings and side discussions in the audience.


Claudia R.
Hello and welcome! As advertised, the Organization for Transformative Works is running a series of chats during the month of September in celebration of our 10th anniversary. Today’s chat focuses on the Romance genre. A transcript will be made public later today. (If you haven’t seen it yet, check out last week’s chat with Lev Grossman!)

I’m your moderator, Claudia Rebaza, and I’m a staffer with the OTW’s Communications committee. We have some prepared questions for guests and then later we’ll be opening the floor to audience questions.

Today our guests are authors Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, who write as Christina Lauren, and author and professor Catherine Roach. You can check out their bios by following the links on our announcement post.

*Catherine R.
Hi–my pleasure to be here! I’m in my office on campus at the University of Alabama, in Tuscallosa. It’s a “Game Day”–the football team plays later this afternoon. Out my window, the Quad is covered with crazed Crimson Tide Football fans. It’s fun to be looking at them and chatting about romance fandom!

*Christina L.
Catherine, I always wanted an alternative path where I went to a big football school and got to enjoy that energy.

Claudia R.
As Christina and Lauren share writing tasks and a name generally, they asked to just be identified in the singular here today to avoid duplicate answers. But we had a little trouble with them sharing the account so Lauren appears here as Christina L. and Christina appears as *christina.

Everyone ready?

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