The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) is a nonprofit organization run by and for fans to provide access to and preserve the history of fanworks and fan cultures.

  • Candidacy Deadline Extended

    Tag: Elections, Announcement

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    Elections Committee is happy to report that 3 candidates have so far come forward to declare candidacy for the Board of Directors.

    However, since that means we have the same number of candidates as open seats on the Board, we have extended the deadline by one week. The new deadline for declaring candidacy is October 3, 2014.

  • OTW Fannews: Caution, Advice Ahead

    Tag: Fanfiction, Gender and Sexuality, Intellectual Property, Music, News of Note

    OTW Fannews Caution Advice Ahead

    Advice columnist Prudie from Slate reassured a mother who discovered her 13-year-old daughter reading "fan fiction for a very popular all boy band which describes in explicit detail sex acts between the male band members." (One guess?) In her response, Prudie reminisced on her own illicit Playboy reading as an adolescent and suggested that the mother address the issue but understand she can't police everything. "Your discovery is the kind of thing that does call for a talk," she wrote, "but first you have to both gather yourself and find your sense of humor." She finished by speculating that "the writers of this series didn't think their most avid fans would be teenage girls!"

  • OTW Fannews: Putting Out the Welcome Mat

    Tag: Comics, Fannish Communities, Gender and Sexuality, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, Television, News of Note

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    At Suvudu, Matt Staggs urged fans to be more welcoming to others. "The first thing that those of us who have identified as geeks or nerds need to accept is that there’s nothing marginal about our interests anymore. Liking comic books, games, collecting action figures doesn’t make me or you or anyone else part of a subculture. Far from it, as a matter of fact: It’s all mainstream. Want proof? Go ask your parents or grandparents if they know what Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead are. Face it: Like the Borg always threatened (the ‘rents probably know about them, too!), we’ve been assimilated."