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2017-02-16 11:58:17 -0500
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International Fanworks Day

Sadly, International Fanworks Day (IFD) has now come to an end, but here are a few details to share about the day's events.

1) There are hundreds of fanworks in many fandoms recced here and elsewhere for Feedback Fest, so check out those comments. It's also not too late to add your own! Shoutout to the Daily Fandom for their IFD post reminding us of fanworks people don't often remember to rec.

2) To those of you who contributed to our Short Fanworks Challenge, your work might have been signal boosted through our social media accounts! 123 works and counting were posted at AO3 as part of the #IFDShare.

3) We had over 1000 visitors to our chat and game room in the past 30 hours. Congratulations to our prize winners: evansentranced, Ryro, A_Song_to_Say_Goodbye and Zhie.

4) Our 2nd Poetry Round Robin session came up with a ghazal:

Why must we always explain the things we read
Why won't they just leave us alone to read.
I am always looking for a time to read
love the thrill when I get books to read.
Every word written in ink
Words proudly, boldly in ink.
Emotions staunchly bleeding onto pages
Stark against the cleanly cream pages.
They make time go away oh that great page
There is a brand new world on each page.

Our first session of Lyrics Round Robin players came up with a fun rewrite of "All the Single Ladies":

All the clever writers, All the clever writers
All the clever writers, now pick your pens up

Down on the page (page), you've hit writer's block (block), trying to write your own world
Decided to read (read), and now you wanna cry (cry), 'cause another character just died (died)

You up all night, reading that story
Don't pay dawn any attention
Have no fears, no angst nor tears
The ending's almost here

'Cause if you liked it then you should have left a comment
If you liked it then you shoulda left a comment
Don't be sad once you see that they've got a block
Cause if you like it then you shoulda left a comment

What’s next?

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week starts in a few days! From February 22-26, sites around the web will be talking about fair use and fair dealing, the elements of copyright law that make transformative works legal.

This year for Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, OTW's Legal Committee will be sharing some preliminary responses fans gave to their survey during January's Copyright Week. So keep an eye on OTW News for more.

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2017-02-14 17:35:38 -0500
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International Fanworks Day

As our previous post announced the OTW is sponsoring a variety of activities celebrating International Fanworks Day (IFD) today. Please check that post for details!

We're also hosting a 30-hour party in the OTW's Public Discussion chatroom from 23:00 UTC 14 February until 05:00 UTC 16 February. Join us to take part in games, or chat and share fanworks with fellow fans. All times below are in UTC. Click the link to see the time in your timezone February 14th

 

  • 23:30 - Linkee -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host

 

February 15th

 

  • 02:30 - Cards Against Humanity - Janita Burgess (OTW Communications), host
  • 03:00 - Poetry Round Robin - Angel Fang (OTW Translation), host
  • 05:15 - That's Life - Karen R. (OTW Communications), host
  • 07:00 - 20 Questions -- Karen R. (OTW Communications), host
  • 08:15 - Lyrics Round Robin -- Pokestine (AO3 Tag Wrangling), host
  • 09:45 - 20 Questions -- Pokestine (AO3 Tag Wrangling), host
  • 11:15 - That's Life -- Ian (OTW Translation), host
  • 12:45 - Trivial Pursuit -- Ian (OTW Translation), host
  • 14:15 - Lyrics Round Robin -- Sarah Loch (OTW Communications), host
  • 15:30 - That's Life -- Sarah Loch (OTW Communications), host
  • 17:15 - Cards Against Humanity -- Sandra Staunch (OTW Communications), host
  • 17:45 - Poetry Round Robin -- Neymat (AO3 Documentation), host
  • 20:15 - Trivial Pursuit -- Art (AO3 Accessibility, Design & Technology), host
  • 23:15 - Cards Against Humanity -- Janita Burgess (OTW Communications), host
  • 23:45 - 20 Questions -- Kirsten Korona (OTW Communications), host

 

February 16th

 

  • 02:30 - Linkee -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host

 

Details About the Games

20 Questions

How to Play: Host thinks of a person, place or thing. The first person in the room roster (on the upper right side) gets to ask a question that host will only answer with a YES or NO.

As soon as the host replies, the next person on the list can ask their question. Players can call out a guess at any time but the host will only answer if it's correct so that the next person gets their turn.

The game will continue until someone has guessed the person, place or thing.

Cards Against Humanity

How to Play: Once the game starts, the computer will deal each player ten White (answer) Cards. Your host is the Czar, who will then play a Black (question) Card.

Choose your 'best' White Card answer by clicking 'Select' on the card. Once everyone has submitted an answer the Czar picks the funniest play and the computer will award whoever submitted it an Awesome Point.

After the round, a new player becomes the Card Czar, and everyone draws back up to ten White Cards.

* Note: The CAH room is limited to 30 players so other discussion and games will go on in the Public Discussion room in the meantime.

Linkee

How to Play: The host will read a clue and each player should guess (to themselves -- shhh!) what the answer is that fits into the [BLANK]. The host will then read 2 more clues. After each one players can call out a guess about what they think links the clues together.

BUT if they guess wrong, they have to drop out of the game until we're done! The first person to guess correctly gets a point. When we have completed all 12 clue sets the person with the most points wins.

Lyrics Round Robin

How to Play: During this game we'll collectively write FANDOM lyrics to replace those of a familiar song. The host will choose the song and type out an alternate first line. Then the next person in the room roster (on the upper right side of the chat window) will write the next line until the song is finished.

Poetry Round Robin

How to Play: During this game we'll write a FANDOM poem. The host will choose a style (limerick, haiku, sonnet, or ghazal) and post the first line. Then the next person in the room roster (on the upper right side of the chat window) will write the next line. Once the poem is complete, the next person on the roster list will start the round over again so everyone attending the chat is included.

That's Life

How to Play: The host will offer three questions. Participants should each name a character that they know well and will then share how that character would answer the three questions. For each round, participants will name a different character each time and answer three questions for that character. We'll have 10 minutes for you to come up with answers to each set of questions.

Trivial Pursuit

How to Play: Like most trivia games, the host will ask a question and the first person to answer correctly wins that round. Because we're online and you're free to do searches we're going to add another factor, which is time -- you must answer within 3 minutes. But you can call out your answer as soon as you think you know. If you have the correct answer the host will type your name and award you a point. At the end of the game, whoever has gotten the most points will be named the winner!


There will be 4 games offering prizes of a ripstop nylon bag in red with a matching compact pouch. The bag is imprinted with the OTW logo in white.

To keep things manageable the chat room has a 50-person limit at any one time, so if you're unable to get in for one event, do try another.


We also want to hear from you about other celebrations taking place today. Leave us a comment here to tell us about what your fandom communities are hosting!

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International Fanworks Day is nearly here. To celebrate we are kicking off one of our planned events today, which is Feedback Fest!

How does it work?

We know you love fanworks, that's why you're here reading this! So get specific.

Leave a comment here recommending at least three fanworks, and say something about why you love these works and think others should check them out. You can also link to a rec post you've made elsewhere and tagged with #IFDFest. Remember that fan communities, newsletters, archives, and other resources are fanworks too so there are a lot of possibilities.

For everyone checking out the recced fanworks, don't forget to leave comments, likes, kudos or other love to those fan creators to help spread the squee.

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International Fanworks Day

As we mentioned last month, the OTW will be hosting events for International Fanworks Day again this year.

On February 15th we'll be celebrating International Fanworks Day across all timezones. Below we have a few things listed that the OTW is sponsoring but we'd like you to let us know, in comments, about other events and activities you're aware of so that we can signal boost them.

  1. Feedback Fest: Everyone who creates and shares fanworks loves hearing from the people who enjoyed it, so we're hosting a Feedback Fest to celebrate the works that we love. Participate by leaving a comment to our Feedback Fest post between February 13-16 with either your recs or a link to your post elsewhere with your recs tagged with #IFDFest. Share what you love about fanworks while encouraging others to leave feedback, too!

  2. Short fanworks challenge: Get out your tablet, your laptop, or your phone and create a short fanwork on the following topic:

    What does your favorite character—or your favorite pairing—get fannish over? For example:

    • What happens when the members of the Samwell Men's Hockey team dress up as characters from Yuri on Ice for a group costume contest?
    • Have Brendon and Dallon from Panic! at the Disco been secretly writing Rogue One fanfic at AO3?
    • If the characters from Homestuck were transported into Dragon Age, what songs would Leliana write about them?

    Post your haiku, drabble, drawble, short vid, audio work or other format this week and tag it #IFDShare on tumblr, Facebook, Dreamwidth, or wherever you fan. And if you post it on Archive of Our Own, tag it with the "International Fanworks Day 2017" tag.

    Keep it safe-for-work, and we may give you a signal boost!

  3. Fan Activism: OTW's Legal Committee has long worked to protect fanworks. For this year's IFD they offered a twist on our fanwork flash challenge. Create a short fanwork (a drabble, song, piece of visual art, puzzle, game, gif, vidlet, etc.) in which "fair use" is the fandom. Share it in your online spaces with #IFDShare -- we'll be looking to signal boost them as well!

  4. What Fanworks Mean to Me: Last month, we sent out a call for essay contributions about what fanworks mean to you. Some of those submissions went out through OTW News on February 5. But if you missed your chance to participate, #IFDShare is also for meta! Let people know how you feel and help spread the International Fanworks Day celebrations.

  5. Games and Fan Chat: On February 15th itself we'll be hosting a chat in the OTW's Public Discussion chatroom through all timezones. Join us between 23:00 UTC 14 February and 05:00 UTC 16 February to share fanworks, or play games such as trivia contests or a Cards Against Humanity game. You might even win a prize! We'll post a detailed schedule as February 15 rolls around in our earliest timezones.

Now that we've shown you ours, please show us your fandom's plans for IFD, either by commenting here or linking us to your post elsewhere!

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Banner created by Ania celebrating International Fanworks Day, featuring various fanworks including cosplay, text, and visual art.

International Fanworks Day will take place on February 15, 2017. The OTW is making plans to celebrate, but we also want to know what you will be doing!

What is International Fanworks Day?

A day to promote fan creativity in all of its forms, all over the world. Whether in text, image, audio, or multimedia, and whatever their nation or language of origin, we use fanworks to express love for our fandoms and forge our own communities and traditions. On International Fanworks Day (IFD), we want fans everywhere to show how important fanworks are to them.

Tell Us What Fanworks Mean to You

We will be announcing OTW-sponsored activities next month, but in the meantime we'd like to hear your plans for celebrating. We'd also like to get you to tell us what fanworks mean to you.

Send us your thoughts (up to 500 words) through our Communications contact form by January 31. We will be selecting up to six submissions for publication on OTW News in February as part of our lead-up to International Fanworks Day. When submitting, please tell us:

  1. How you would like your name/pseudonym listed
  2. What country you call home

Submissions are welcome in all languages!

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2016-02-16 12:45:28 -0500
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International Fanworks Day celebration, featuring fandom-themed emoji and representations of fanworks around the globe

Sadly, International Fanworks Day (IFD) has now come to an end, but here are a few details to share about the day's events.

1) Some outlets that covered IFD include:

  1. The Daily Fandom moved their Fanfic Friday series to February 15
  2. The Slash Report interviewed OTW Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt.
  3. The Crafting System interviewed OTW Communications Staffer Kirsten Korona

2) There are around 1000 fanworks recced at Feedback Fest, so check out those many comments! We also had a lot of contributions to our Short Fanworks Challenge! 282 works and counting were posted at AO3 as part of the #IFDShare challenge. Below are a few more fanworks from IFD:

From the chat room game players on February 14, here's their Lyrics Round Robin for "Hey Jude" fandom-style:

Hey dude, don't make it sad,
we're all here for our happy endings
Cause John can't take another Reichenbach Fall
Since BBC doesn't make it better

Hey dude, you can write fic,
You can keep the angst in its canon
'Cuz at the minute, feels hit you like bricks
And you know the characters won't get better

Anytime you feel the pain, hey Ciel, refrain
You know that Sam and Dean will come knocking
And we want all want to see our ship, make a cute quip
we've got our fanfics in a giant folder,
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah!

While this was the final result from the players on February 15 for "Thriller"

It's close to midnight and we're all reading fanfic in the dark
In Constantine, you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You miss fanzines, but tumblr helps you kind of sort of fake it
you find a fic the author hasn't updated for years
Your eyes fill with tears!

'Cause this is fandom, fandoms are life
And Tumblr's not gonna save 'ya from the feels about to strike
You know its fandom, fandom life
You're fighting for your OTP inside a Tumblr post, tonight

You hear a door slam and realise that someone heard you laugh
You try to remain silent and wonder when the feels will go away
You close your eyes and hope that no one sees you cry
but all the while you hear your feels creepin' up behind
You've already died and you don't really mind

3) Congratulations to our chat room game and Feedback Fest prize winners: duckbunny, adustyspectacle, Lilac/Luke, darkmoore, Sherian, and phidari!

4) Lastly, thank you to everyone who has responded to OTW Legal’s IFD activism challenge and given them information about fanwork takedowns. If you haven’t had a chance to send your fanwork takedown stories yet, please do—Legal will keep collecting them for several more weeks.

What’s next?

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week starts in a few days! From February 22-26, sites around the web will be talking about fair use and fair dealing, the copyright laws that make transformative works legal.

This year for Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, OTW's Legal Committee will be hosting a Virtual Q&A, and we want your questions! Ask OTW Legal anything about how the law relates to fandom and fanworks. Every question you were afraid to ask: now is the time to ask it! (With one exception: we can’t give you personal legal advice.)

So send your questions to OTW Legal and they’ll answer them in public posts next week.

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International Fanworks Day celebration, featuring fandom-themed emoji and representations of fanworks around the globe

As we mentioned last month, the OTW will be hosting events for International Fanworks Day again this year across all timezones.

  1. Feedback Fest: Everyone who creates and shares fanworks loves hearing from the people who enjoyed it, so we're hosting a Feedback Fest to celebrate the works that we love. Participate by leaving a comment to our Feedback Fest post with either your recs, or a link to your post elsewhere with your recs (use the #IFDFest tag!). Share what you love about fanworks while encouraging others to leave feedback, too. You may even win a gift.

  2. Short fanworks challenge: Get out your tablet, your laptop, or your phone and create a short fanwork on the following topic:

    What does your favorite character—or your favorite pairing—get fannish over? For example:

    • What happens when Hetalia's Axis Powers and Allied Forces compete in League of Legends?
    • Has Kermit the Frog ever cosplayed as Yoda?
    • What happens when the Avengers take a break from civil war and instead take an afternoon to fan squee over Hamilton?

    Post your haiku, drabble, drawble, short vid, audio work or other format on February 15th and tag it #IFDShare on tumblr, Facebook, Dreamwidth, or wherever you fan. And if you post it on Archive of Our Own, tag it with the International Fanworks Day 2016 tag.

    Keep it safe-for-work, and we may give you a signal boost!

  3. What Fanworks Mean to Me: In December, we sent out a call for essay contributions about what fanworks mean to you. We've distributed guest posts through OTW News with some of the results. But if you missed your chance to participate, #IFDShare is also for meta! Let people know how you feel and help spread the International Fanworks Day celebrations.

  4. Fan Activism: The OTW's Legal Committee has long worked to protect fanworks. They recently asked for stories from fans worldwide on how notice and takedown is impacting fandom. Have you, or anyone you know, been the subject of a takedown notice? What did you do about it? How did it feel? Have you had a fanwork of your own removed, or has a work you loved been removed? Please submit information you have by February 28. Help the OTW let governments around the globe know that fanworks are important to you!

  5. Games and Fan Chat: We're hosting a 35-hour party in the OTW's Public Discussion chatroom. Join us and take part in scheduled games, or chat and share fanworks with fellow fans.

    All times below are in UTC. Click the link to see the time in your timezone

    • February 14th
    • 18:00 - Linkee -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host
    • 19:30 - Poetry Round Robin -- C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host
    • 21:30 - Lyrics Round Robin -- C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host
    • 22:45 - Scattegories -- Curtis Jefferson (OTW Volunteers & Recruiting), host
    • February 15th
    • 01:15 - Trivial Pursuit -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host
    • 03:01 - Cards Against Humanity - Heidi Tandy (OTW Legal) and Mark Oshiro (Mark Does Stuff), hosts
    • 06:00 - 20 Questions -- Sarah Remy (OTW Communications), host
    • 07:01 - Character Association -- ashleyhasahat (OTW Communications), host
    • 08:00 - First and Last -- ashleyhasahat (OTW Communications), host
    • 08:45 - That's Life -- ashleyhasahat (OTW Communications), host
    • 10:30 - Sounds Like -- Janet Vandenabeele (OTW Communications), host
    • 12:00 - That's Life -- Janet Vandenabeele (OTW Communications), host
    • 13:30 - Lyrics Round Robin -- C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host
    • 15:00 - Poetry Round Robin -- C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host
    • 16:30 - Scattegories -- Curtis Jefferson (OTW Volunteers & Recruiting), host
    • 18:00 - Three Degrees -- Curtis Jefferson (OTW Volunteers & Recruiting), host
    • 19:30 - Linkee -- Sarah Remy (OTW Communications), host
    • 21:00 - That's Life -- Sarah Remy (OTW Communications), host
    • 22:30 - 20 Questions -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host
    • 23:30 - Three Degrees -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host
    • February 16th
    • 01:30 - That's Life -- Janet Vandenabeele (OTW Communications) & Angel F. (OTW Translation), hosts
    • 02:30 - Three Degrees -- Janet Vandenabeele (OTW Communications) & Angel F. (OTW Translation), hosts
    • 03:01 - Cards Against Humanity -- Kirsten Korona and Janita Burgess (OTW Communications), hosts

There will be 4 games offering prizes of a packet of OTW merchandise, which includes a nylon carry-all, stickers and magnets. To keep things manageable the chat room has a 50-person limit at any one time, so if you're unable to get in for one event, do try another.

We also want to hear from you about other celebrations taking place today. Here are some we know about:

  1. GleeBlast 2016 is encouraging every Glee writer or artist to help blast AO3 with as much new Glee fandom material as possible! Write, draw, mix, or vid something special from Glee fandom and post it to AO3 today.
  2. In our events announcement post, a fan suggested drawing an F on your index fingernails to signal your participation in fandom to fellow fans today.

Leave us a comment here to tell us about what your fandom communities are hosting!

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International Fanworks Day is nearly here. To celebrate we are kicking off one of our planned events today, which is Feedback Fest!

How does it work?

We know you love fanworks, that's why you're here reading this! So get specific.

Leave a comment here recommending at least three fanworks, and say something about why you love these works and think others should check them out. You can also link to a rec post you've made elsewhere and tagged with #IFDFest. Remember that fan communities, newsletters, archives, and other resources are fanworks too so there are a lot of possibilities.

For everyone checking out the recced fanworks, don't forget to leave comments, likes, kudos or other love to those fan creators to help spread the squee.

But wait, there's more!

To celebrate AO3's recent milestone of 2 million fanworks, we'll be giving away either an AO3 Water Bottle or an OTW iron-on and sticker to two randomly chosen participants in Feedback Fest. Just start your comment here with a YES or NO so we'll know if you'd like a chance at the gifts. (We'll only be counting one entry per person).

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