Welcome to our first monthly Events Calendar roundup! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website and is open to submissions by anyone with news of an event. These can be viewed by event-type, such as Academic Events, Fan Gatherings, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.
- Currently for April, we have the Fanwork Programming Development for Dragon*Con in the U.S. Dragon*Con is the largest multimedia, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. There is an initiative underway to create programming devoted to fic, vids, podfic, zines, and fanart at Dragon*Con. The OTW is seeking OTW-related fans who might be interested in participating or in being a panelist. This year, Dragon*Con will be held Labor Day weekend (August 31 – September 3, 2012) in Atlanta, GA. Anyone interested can comment at an organizational community on Dreamwidth.
- In addition, April brings Yuri’s Night: The World Space Party on April 12, celebrating, commemorating, and driving interest in the exploration of outer space.
- A more snarky holiday comes around on April 23, Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, which began in 2007. The holiday encourages the posting of fiction online for free to promote online and digital publishing. It takes place on the same day as World Book and Copyright Day, created by UNESCO in 1995 to champion reading, publishing and copyright.
- On the homefront, the Archive of Our Own and Fanlore have launched the April Showers promotion to encourage fans to upload their fanworks to the AO3, and fannish stories and information to Fanlore, particularly if the content is for underrepresented fandoms. Also of general importance, the OTW will begin its annual membership drive, which will be held from April 18-25. Expect to hear more about that in coming weeks!