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International Fanworks Day 2018 Is Coming

International Fanworks Day is February 15, 2018. The OTW is making plans to celebrate, but we also want to know what you will be doing!

What is International Fanworks Day?

A day to promote fan creativity in all of its forms, all over the world. In text, image, audio, or multimedia, whatever their nation or language of origin, we use fanworks to express love for our fandoms and forge our own communities and traditions. On International Fanworks Day (IFD), we want fans everywhere to show how important fanworks are to them.

Tell Us What Fanworks Mean to You

We will be announcing OTW-sponsored activities next month, but in the meantime we’d like to hear your plans for celebrating. We’d also like you to tell us what fanworks mean to you. Do one of the following by January 31:

  • Hashtag your thoughts with #WhatFanworksMeantoMe on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr, and add a hashtag for your country if you like!
  • Send longer essays (up to 350 words) to Communications through our contact form

We will be selecting up to six submissions for publication on OTW News on February 5 as part of our lead-up to International Fanworks Day. When submitting, please include the following:

  1. How you would like your name/pseudonym listed
  2. What country you call home

Submissions are welcome in all languages, so start sharing your fanworks love!

OTW Recruitment banner by Erin

The OTW is Recruiting Tag Wranglers, Plus Communications and Translation Staff

Do you like organising and working in teams? Or do you have an interest in new media and networking? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting for Tag Wranglers, Volunteer Managers and Media Outreach personnel!

We’re excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Communications Committee Staff – Media Outreach Staffers
  • Tag Wrangling Committee Volunteers
  • Translation Committee Staff – Volunteer Managers

All roles will close on the 17th of January. 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 our e-mail address 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. (more…)

OTW 10th Anniversary Chat

Transcript for OTW’s 10th Anniversary Chat with Tessa Gratton & Kate McNair

If you missed any of our posts or events celebrating our 10th anniversary, check out our announcement post. Below is the transcript for the chat held on September 30th which concludes our series of guest talks. We would like to thank all of our guests for their time and support which has made these events possible.

The transcript has been edited for arrivals and departures in the room, greetings from the audience, moderator instructions, and side conversations.


Kirsten: 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 Young Adult genre.

I’m your moderator, Kirsten Korona, 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.

Today our guests are author Tessa Gratton and Young Adult Services librarian and YALSA board member, Kate McNair. You can check out their bios by following the links on our announcement post.

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