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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This Week in Fandom banner by Olivia Riley

This Week in Fandom, Volume 62

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, kudos to the stars and fans of CW shows, especially Supernatural, for raising over US$300,000 for victims of hurricane Harvey. Great work!


The biggest fandom event of the week–possibly of the year–is one many people never thought would happen. The author of the infamous Harry Potter fanfic My Immortal has been revealed. A couple weeks ago, there was a scandal involving a book called Handbook for Mortals appearing on the New York Times bestseller list. Some fans found the book to be so poorly written that they compared it to My Immortal, and things just kind of escalated from there.

There’s a very thorough account of what happened in a pair of articles by BuzzFeed: Article 1, and Article 2.

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