OTW Signal, March 2024

Every month in OTW Signal we’ll take a look at stories that connect to the OTW’s mission and projects, including legal, technology, academic, fannish history, and preservation issues that are important for fandom, fan culture or transformative works. In the News Before OTW’s Open Doors began importing at-risk digital archives to AO3, they were already working to preserve physical fan creations. These were recently featured in an article about The University of Iowa’s Special Collections and its ties to fandom. A lot of students don’t know that the University of Iowa is a hub of fan fiction,” Balestrieri said. The Organization for Transformative Works, the… Read more

OTW Guest Post: Quordle

Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Quordle has been a slash fan and fanfic writer since the 1980s and first started writing M*A*S*H fanfic in 2003. Iolanthe was then an online friend and fellowM*A*S*H fan. Quordle loved her stories and wanted to archive them after her death. Today, Quordle talks about making that wish a reality by creating a memorial archive for Iolanthe’s works with the… Read more

Five Things with Tanya D. Zuk

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Tanya D. Zuk, who volunteers for Transformative Works & Cultures. How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does? As an Assistant Editor for Transformative Works & Cultures (TWC), I help to review incoming scholarship on fans and transformative works by connecting articles with peer reviewers, synthesizing feedback, and maintaining journal standards. But… Read more

The OTW is Recruiting for Fanlore and Translation Volunteers

Do you have an interest in fandom history or in fannish culture and the different tropes, ships, communities and viewpoints that make up fandom? Are you interested in social media, community management or outreach? Would you like to moderate fannish social media accounts? Would you like to help keep the Fanlore Discord server a lively and welcoming place? Are you fluent in a language other than English? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting! We’re excited to announce the opening of applications for: Fanlore Discord Moderator Volunteer – closing 28 February 2024 at 23:59 UTC [or after 30 applications] Fanlore Outreach Analyst Volunteer – closing… Read more

Thanks for Participating in #IFD2024

International Fanworks Day is a celebration of so many things we love about fandom. Whether you contributed on AO3, Fanlore, social media, or Discord, we’re delighted that you’ve joined in for the 10th year of this special day. Be sure to check out everyone’s contributions in the International Fanworks Day 2024 tag on AO3 and using the tag #IFD2024 on social media. We have also had over 120 contributions to Feedback Fest on AO3 and at the OTW website, so stop by and add your own. Our OTW Tumblr mod has also been keeping up with many rec lists posted there. So far over 55,000… Read more