News of Note, Commercial Works Authors, Fanfiction , Fannish Communities
Two articles popped up recently that showed how introducing people to fanfiction through, well, fiction could spark discoveries. At Book Riot, Cassandra Neace used Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl as a way to jumpstart her imagination. "This is what I’ve learned: writers of fan fiction are incredibly capable and inventive...I even, at one point, dabbled in writing my own because it occurred to me that it was a great way to get used to writing on a regular basis. When the stress of world-building is taken away, it’s much easier to let the words flow. Eventually, the act of writing becomes so comfortable that the idea of building my own world from the ground up isn’t as intimidating as it once was."
Abuse Committee, Volunteering, Legal Committee, Volunteers & Recruiting
We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for volunteers!
Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:
- Abuse Committee Staff - Closing 21 April 2014 UTC
- Legal Staff - Closing 21 April 2014 UTC
- Volunteers & Recruiting Staff - Closing 21 April 2014 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.
Gender and Sexuality, News of Note, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, Gaming, Movies, Television
The question of how fandom works has been popping up in the media. Entertainment Weekly used the finale of True Detective to raise the question 'Does modern TV fandom actually make it harder to understand TV shows?': "I wonder if the conversation around True Detective made the show seem more ambitious than it actually was. I wonder what it would be like if we could have those conversations about shows that do have a deeper point beyond 'Good vs. Evil.'" (Spoiler warning for the series).
Announcement, Development & Membership Committee, Fannish Practices, Financial Support, OTW Sections
The OTW's April membership drive has officially ended, and we'd like to thank everyone who came out to support it. Your generosity and efforts in spreading the word have made this our most successful drive ever! Since April 3 we've received more than 2,800 individual donations totaling over US$63,000. We've also raised the OTW's membership to at least 4,869 people!
Archive of Our Own, Spotlight, Financial Support
You might have noticed some loud partying and fireworks recently over the Archive of Our Own surpassing a phenomenal one MILLION fanworks. Fanwork creators, viewers, volunteers, and fans greeted this milestone with much joy and celebration and a jaw-dropping explosion of fanwork — even an infographic! As one of the site's coders put it, February saw a lot of "twirling in sleep-deprived excitement."
The best part? That's not even the only amazing milestone the Archive has reached in 2014. In addition to having more than one million fanworks, the site has also become home to over a quarter of a million members — a number that's rising every day!
Fanhackers, Spotlight, Development & Membership Committee, Financial Support
Do you geek out over academic and wider media discussions about fandom? You might just be a fanhacker!
Fanhackers is one of the OTW’s most recent projects, launched last year on Tumblr and WordPress. Its goal is to connect useful research on fans, academic or otherwise, with people who want to hear about it. Right now they're focusing on bringing fan studies scholarship closer to fans themselves, through reblogging links and quotes of interest.
Spotlight, Transformative Works and Cultures, Development & Membership Committee, Journal Committee, Financial Support
What gets you excited about academic studies in fandom?
"Here's what I'm excited about," said Karen Hellekson in 2008: "an academic journal that welcomes, instead of rejects or overtly mocks, fan studies as a topic ... that takes as a given the notion that fans provide something valuable to our culture that ought to be analyzed."
That journal is Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC): run, peer-reviewed, edited, and supported by OTW members and fans like you.
Spotlight, Legal Advocacy, Development & Membership Committee, Financial Support
If you've ever felt the sting of an unfair takedown notice, you know that copyright and trademark owners and other rights-holders don't always play nicely, or recognize the legitimacy and the value of fan activity. That's why the OTW's Legal Advocacy team is on call to defend fandom and the importance of fair use and transformative works.
Spotlight, Fanlore, Development & Membership Committee, Financial Support
Have you visited Fanlore lately? If you have, then you probably know it’s a living, evolving history of fandom, created and maintained by fans. Launched in 2008, Fanlore is a collaborative wiki in which fans are invited to record their experiences and memories of fandoms, fanworks, events, and everything fannish. It's open for fans just like you to join the community in shaping how everyone perceives and remembers fandom.
Spotlight, Open Doors, Development & Membership Committee, Open Doors Committee, Financial Support
As this year’s theme of Stepping Stones reminds us, our future is built on our past. No OTW project better exemplifies that than Open Doors, which is dedicated to preserving fanworks for future generations.