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This Week in Fandom, Volume 91

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you liked the OTW’s Facebook page? If you enjoy the stories in TWIF, you’ll enjoy and sometimes recognize the stories we share on Facebook, too!


Two such stories are a recent article from The Guardian and an article from The Straits Times, both of which include interviews with Naomi Novik, a novelist and one of the OTW’s founders. Novik, who just published Spinning Silver, her latest novel, spoke at length in the interviews about her love for fanfiction. (more…)

5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Stephanie Godden Said

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 Stephanie Godden, who volunteers as a staffer in our Open Doors Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

The mission of the Open Doors project is to collaborate with the moderators of offline and at-risk archives and help import their works to the AO3, in keeping with the OTW’s goal of preserving and providing access to fanworks. So my duties as an Open Doors staffer range from directly interacting with archivists, creators, and fans; to actively participating in imports; to making improvements to our procedures and documentation. One nice thing about being on Open Doors is that it’s a very small committee, so there’s a lot of opportunity for anyone interested to learn every piece of the import process and to take initiative with additional tasks internal to the committee.

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OTW election news: make your voice heard

2018 Election Results

The Elections Committee would like to thank all of our candidates for their hard work in this year’s election. With that, we are pleased to present the results of the 2018 Election.

The following candidates (in alphabetical order) have been officially elected to the Board of Directors.

  • Lex de Leon
  • Natalia Gruber

The new members of the Board will formally begin their term overlap on October 1. We wish them well with their terms.

With that, the election season comes to a close. Thank you to everyone who got involved by spreading the word, asking the candidates questions, and, of course, voting! We look forward to seeing all of you again next year.