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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Celebrating OTW's 10 Years of History

Could You Win an OTW Trivia Contest?

POST UPDATE: The trivia contest is now CLOSED.. Congratulations to our winners, Ashley Q, BelaBelissima, CIL78, Courtney, Crayonsurpapier, Cyn, Destiny, IsabelClover, Kostia, Jill, Livi, Liviania, Mark R., Nrandom, Oxymora, Penelope, rhps_brad_fan, soshisenshi, Syrenian, TaterPie, Vita_Sine_Fantasy_Mors_Est

We received 175 entries and 90 of those had all 5 correct answers. For those curious about what they were, here are some links:

1 – The U.S. Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet (a Subcommittee of the House Committee on the Judiciary )

2 – Turkfanfiction.net and German Speaking Slashers United

3 – Either or both of these two challenges:

“Pick a page – stub or not! – of a fandom, character, relationship, trope, person, or anything else at Fanlore. Add five details to it, large or small – bullet-point lists or full paragraphs, whatever you can think of!”

“As the observation of Women’s History Month in many parts of the world wraps up, why not give one last hurrah to the amazing women in our favourite canons? Tell us all about your fannish experiences with women characters — the women themselves, the relationships they’re in (het, lesbian, canonical, fannish, whatever!), the fanworks they star in — whatever you can think of! Stub out pages, or add a sprinkle of information on an existing page.”

4 – November 18

5 – Volume 9 and Ian Roberts

Thanks to everyone who took part, and also for the many good wishes included with those entries. We’re glad you had fun finding the answers. We have our final 2 chat events to celebrate our anniversary this weekend so we hope to see you there!


You just might, especially if you have good search-fu!

This is how it will work:

  1. Answer the five questions we have listed below. Only one entry per person
  2. Submit those answers to our Communications Committee. (Put “OTW Trivia” in the Subject line)
  3. Let us know what name or pseudonym you’d prefer we use when we announce the winners.
  4. We can’t guarantee you’ll receive a particular prize, but you can include your top 3 choices in order of preference.

Please do NOT post your answers in a comment.
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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.

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