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.

  • OTW Fannews: Fandom self-discoveries

    Tags: News of Note, Commercial Works Authors, Fanfiction , Fannish Communities

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    Two articles popped up recently that showed how introducing people to fanfiction through, well, fiction could spark discoveries. At Book Riot, Cassandra Neace used Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl as a way to jumpstart her imagination. "This is what I’ve learned: writers of fan fiction are incredibly capable and inventive...I even, at one point, dabbled in writing my own because it occurred to me that it was a great way to get used to writing on a regular basis. When the stress of world-building is taken away, it’s much easier to let the words flow. Eventually, the act of writing becomes so comfortable that the idea of building my own world from the ground up isn’t as intimidating as it once was."

  • Our Legal & AO3 projects are looking for volunteers!

    Tags: Abuse Committee, Volunteering, Legal Committee, Volunteers & Recruiting

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    We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for volunteers!

    Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

    • Abuse Committee Staff - Closing 21 April 2014 UTC
    • Legal Staff - Closing 21 April 2014 UTC
    • Volunteers & Recruiting Staff - Closing 21 April 2014 UTC

    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 volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org 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.

  • OTW Fannews: How fandom works

    Tags: Gender and Sexuality, News of Note, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, Gaming, Movies, Television

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    The question of how fandom works has been popping up in the media. Entertainment Weekly used the finale of True Detective to raise the question 'Does modern TV fandom actually make it harder to understand TV shows?': "I wonder if the conversation around True Detective made the show seem more ambitious than it actually was. I wonder what it would be like if we could have those conversations about shows that do have a deeper point beyond 'Good vs. Evil.'" (Spoiler warning for the series).