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2022-02-17 18:28:38 UTC
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Another International Fanworks Day has gone by and once again, we at the Organization for Transformative Works are grateful for the enthusiasm and participation of our visitors. IFD is all about celebrating the creativity of the fandom community and it was on full display this year!

The theme for #IFD2022 was Fandom Classics, and we encouraged you to post remixes of or tributes to classic fanworks as well as to to recommend your favorite fandom classics in our Feedback Fest. We're blown away by the number of recommendations we received: easily enough fanworks to keep us busy until IFD 2023.

We'd also like to thank everybody who participated in our chatroom games marathon, which ran from 21.00 UTC on February 14 until 03.00 UTC on February 16. Once again, we hosted the games on our dedicated Discord server and our volunteer moderators were entertained, amused, and impressed by the cheerful enthusiasm of everybody who participated (including the very many people who chose to play games instead of sleeping - we're sorry!). As usual, the fandom songs produced in the Lyrics Round Robin game rounds can be found at our dedicated IFD AO3 account.

If you didn't manage to participate in any of the above events, don't worry: the Fanlore IFD challenge will be running until Sunday, February 20th, with a different editing challenge each day. It's suitable for new and experienced editors alike, so check it out and join in!

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2022-02-14 20:59:05 UTC
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Hurray! It’s International Fanworks Day, our annual opportunity to celebrate all things fanworks and fandom. As is now traditional every February 15, the OTW will be celebrating with a chatroom games marathon, hosted on Discord: you can find all the details below. And remember to check out our previous post for details of the rest of our #IFD2022 celebrations!

About the IFD games session

The OTW’s chatroom games session is a 30-hour party that lasts from 21.00 UTC on 14 February until 03.00 UTC on 16 February. The times listed below are in UTC, but you can click the time to find out how that converts to your own timezone.

The games will be hosted on our dedicated Discord server and moderated by OTW staffers throughout the day. Every hour you will be able to participate in a different fandom-themed game! The timetable and game descriptions are given below; (Update: The Discord channel is now closed). The games will be played and moderated in English.

14th Feb

21.00 Lyrics Round Robin - hosted by C Ryan Smith
22.00 That’s Life - hosted by C Ryan Smith
23.00 Linkee - hosted by Claudia Rebaza

15th Feb

00.00 List Builder - hosted by Claudia Rebaza
01.00 20 Questions - hosted by Julie Bozza
02.00 5 Things - hosted by Julie Bozza
03.00 That's Life - hosted by Zoey
04.00 Lyrics Round Robin - hosted by Zoey
05.00 Trivia - hosted by Chrome
06.00 List Builder - hosted by Chrome
07.00 20 Questions - hosted by iManga
08.00 5 Things - hosted by iManga
09.00 Trivia - hosted by Anhaita
10.00 Lyrics Round Robin - hosted by Anhaita
11.00 That’s Life - hosted by Wishopenastar
12.00 List Builder - hosted by Wishopenastar
13.00 20 Questions - hosted by Jonny H
14.00 5 Things - hosted by Jonny H
15.00 That's Life - hosted by Jess H
16.00 Lyrics Round Robin - hosted by Eskici
17.00 Trivia - hosted by SecurityBreach
18.00 List Builder - hosted by SecurityBreach
19.00 Linkee - hosted by Teo
20.00 20 Questions - hosted by Teo
21.00 5 Things - hosted by C Ryan Smith
22.00 Trivia - hosted by Izzy
23.00 Lyrics Round Robin - hosted by Izzy

16th Feb

00.00 That’s Life - hosted by Jess C
01.00 List Builder - hosted by Pokestine 02.00
20 Questions - hosted by Pokestine
03.00 END

Game Guidelines

5 Things
How to Play: During this game, the host will name a topic and players in the room will call out examples from their favorite fandoms. This will repeat for at least 5 rounds. Be prepared to explain why your answer counts (maybe you’ll recruit someone new to your fandom!)

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 two lines. Then those in the room will write the next lines until the song is finished.

That’s Life
How to Play: This is an RP game. Participants will first name a character that they know well for each round. Every round will consist of two random questions posted by the moderator. Participants share how the character they chose for that round would answer the questions as if answering from their point of view. For each round, participants will name a different character to answer the new questions.

Trivia
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!

20 Questions
How to Play: The host will think of a person, place or thing. Your task is to guess what it is. The first person in the room roster (on the upper right side) gets to ask a question that the host will 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.

List Builder
How to Play: List Builder is a collaborative game in which players work together to come up with a list of items belonging to a particular genre, starting with consecutive letters of the alphabet. Start at A and work your way through to Z (you can be as flexible as required on the difficult letters!)

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. The first person to guess correctly gets a point. When we have completed all clue sets, the person with the most points wins.

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 doing!

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Feedback Fest

We've all built our own personal canons – the fics, vids, art and other works that we love and go back to, time and time again. In January, we told you the theme of this year's International Fanworks Day was Fandom Classics, and we asked you to start compiling the fanworks that you consider to be essential reading, viewing or listening.

Now the time has come, and we'd love to see what you've come up with! This post is where you can share all the works you view as classics of your favorite fandoms. These could be works that have inspired fandoms of their own, works that have inspired you personally, or works that have made you see canon in a whole new light – however you choose to define it!

To participate, just leave a comment below sharing the details of any of the classic fanworks that you think really shouldn’t be missed. Don't forget to link to the work itself, and tell us why you consider it to be a fandom classic. (If you prefer, you can also link to a rec post that you’ve made elsewhere and posted with the #IFD2022 hashtag.)

Of course, the creators of these fanworks deserve to be celebrated, too, so when you go back to grab that link, why not tell them how much you love their work? And don't forget to check out other participants’ suggestions – you just might find a new favorite to add to your personal canon.

Have fun!

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International Fanworks Day

It's only a week until the eighth International Fanworks Day and we at the Organization for Transformative Works have a whole lot in store for you all! Please take a look at the events below and join in the fun.

1. Fanworks Challenge

Our theme for this year's IFD is 'fandom classics' and in a post made last month, we invited you to participate by creating fanworks which riff on, remix, or otherwise pay tribute to works that you consider classics of your favorite fandom. You could even write meta about your favourite pieces! We invite you to share your creations using the hashtag #IFD2022 or #IFDChallenge2022 on social media, or 'International Fanworks Day 2022' if you're posting to the Archive of Our Own. There's still plenty of time to participate and we'd love to see what you create!

2. Feedback Fest

On February 13 we'll be making a post that invites you to share recommendations for the classic fanworks that you love the most. Get thinking now and come armed with recs that you can share with your fellow fans!

3. Fanlore Challenge

Get yourself over to Fanlore, the OTW's wiki full of fan history and culture, to participate in their IFD celebrations! The Fanlore challenge runs for a week and includes different editing challenges to complete each day. What better way to honor your love of fanworks than sharing your knowledge with your fellow fans?

4. Games and fan chat

From 21.00 UTC on February 14 to 03.00 UTC on February 16 we will be hosting a chat games session in the OTW's dedicated Discord server. English-speaking OTW volunteers will moderate a series of games including fandom trivia quizzes, 20 Questions, list-making challenges and a whole lot more. It's a great opportunity to get together with fellow fans and share your enthusiasm for the fandoms you love. We will post the link and the full timetable on the day itself so put the date in your diary, come back and check it out!

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International Fanworks Day

Get ready: International Fanworks Day is only one month away! International Fanworks Day, or IFD, was founded in 2014 by the OTW. It’s a celebration of all types of fanworks, and it’s held annually on February 15. This year we're celebrating the 8th annual IFD!

Here at the OTW, our theme this year is going to be Classic Fanworks and we’re letting you define “classic” however you want to. It could mean those works that have formed the backbone of your fandom, or it could be those works that you keep going back to, time and time again –- the works that you consider “essential reading.” You can participate however you want, but here are three suggestions:

  • Create rec lists of these works and share them as part of Feedback Fest, which starts on February 13
  • Write about what your go-to works have meant to you over time, either in an essay or as a social media post
  • Take part in our IFD short-form fanworks challenge and create remixes of them

Whether the works are audio, visual, or text, from vids to podfics or meta to fanfiction, think about what is classic or essential to you!

We’re so excited to see what you come up with and share! We invite you to use the hashtag #IFD2022 or #IFDChallenge2022 if you're participating on social media and the 'International Fanworks Day 2022' tag if the works are posted on the Archive of Our Own. If you or your fandom communities will be hosting your own activities, let us know so we can signal boost them!

Then keep an eye on our news outlets to get more information about International Fanworks Day activities, as we'll be posting about our plans the week before IFD!


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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2021-02-20 01:04:10 UTC
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International Fanworks Day

That's right: International Fanworks Day is over for another year, and we at the Organization for Transformative Works want to thank everybody who participated in our scheduled events.

This year we chose to focus on lesser-known fandoms, characters, pairings and fanworks. We're grateful for everybody who created new works on this theme and posted them on social media under the #IFDChallenge2021 hashtag, or on Archive of Our Own using our International Fanworks Day 2021 tag. Make sure to go and check out everyone's creations: you might find a new fandom, encounter a new pairing or be introduced to a character you've never considered before.

In the days before IFD we hosted a Feedback Fest, asking fans to recommend their favourite works on the 'lesser-known' theme. Thank you to everybody for your suggestions and ideas! We hope all the fanwork creators are feeling the love.

Thank you, too, to everybody who participated in our chatroom games marathon, which ran for 30 hours across February 15 (to allow for the many time zones that the OTW's users inhabit!). We hosted this on Discord for the first time in 2021, but although the venue was new, the enthusiasm and creativity of the users who joined in was very familiar. Our volunteer moderators had a great time hosting you. We're also glad to report that as promised, the results of our Lyrics Round Robin sessions have been immortalised on the IFD AO3 account.

If you didn't manage to participate in any of the above events, don't worry! The last event of IFD is still running. Fanlore's 2021 editing challenge will end on February 21. You still have a chance to earn a shiny 80s-themed virtual badge!

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2021-02-14 21:04:20 UTC
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OTW Chat

Yes, it's everybody's favourite day of the year: International Fanworks Day! As is now traditional every February 15, the OTW will be celebrating with a chatroom games marathon, hosted on Discord. You will find all the details below, but be sure to check out our previous post for details of the rest of our #IFD2021 celebrations.

About the IFD games session

The OTW’s chatroom games session is a 30-hour party which lasts from 21.00 UTC on 14 February until 03.00 UTC on 16 February. The times listed below are in UTC, but you can click the link to find the time in your own timezone.

The games will be hosted on our dedicated Discord channel and moderated by OTW staffers throughout the day. Every hour you will be able to participate in a different fandom-themed game! The timetable and game descriptions are given below; if you want to join in, you'll find the Discord link at the top of our Linktree page. Please note that we will be staggering invites to keep numbers manageable; if you can't get in on your first attempt, please give it a little while and have another go later. The games will be played and moderated in English.

14th Feb

21.00-22.00 - Trivia - hosted by Izzy

22.00-23.00 - 5 Things - hosted by Izzy

23.00-00.00 - 20 Questions - hosted by Izzy

15th Feb

00.00-01.00 - Lyrics Round Robin - hosted by Irina

01.00-02.00 - That's Life - hosted by Irina

02.00-03.00 - Scattergories - hosted by Irina

03.00-04.00 - Trivia - hosted by Julie

04.00-05.00 - 5 Things - hosted by Julie

05.00-06.00 - 20 Questions - hosted by Julie

06.00-07.00 - Lyrics Round Robin - hosted by Chrome

07.00-08.00 - That's Life - hosted by Chrome

08.00-09.00 - Scattergories - hosted by Chrome

09.00-10.00 - Trivia - hosted by Papernote

10.00-11.00 - 5 Things - hosted by Papernote

11.00-12.00 - 20 Questions - hosted by Papernote

12.00-13.00 - Lyrics Round Robin - hosted by C Ryan Smith

13.00-14.00 - That's Life - hosted by Jonny H

14.00-15.00 - Scattergories - hosted by solovei

15.00-16.00 - Trivia - hosted by Claudia R

16.00-17.00 - 5 Things - hosted by Claudia R

17.00-18.00 - 20 Questions - hosted by Claudia R

18.00-19.00 - Lyrics Round Robin - hosted by Koteneko

19:00-20:00 - That's Life - hosted by Adi

20:00-21:00 - Scattergories - hosted by Dorottya

21:00-22:00 - Trivia - hosted by Martisz

22:00-23:00 - 5 Things - hosted by ami

23:00-00:00 - 20 Questions - hosted by ami

16th Feb

00:00-01:00 - Lyrics Round Robin - hosted by EmilyFowl

01:00-02:00 - That's Life - hosted by EmilyFowl

02:00-03:00 - Scattergories - hosted by EmilyFowl

Access the chatroom via the first link on our Linktree page. To keep things manageable we are limiting capacity, so if you’re unable to get in for one event, please try another.

Details About the Games

5 Things

How to Play: During this game the host will name a topic and players in the room will call out examples from their favorite fandoms. This will repeat for at least 5 rounds. Be prepared to explain why your answer counts (maybe you’ll recruit someone new to your fandom!)

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 two lines. Then those in the room will write the next lines until the song is finished.

That’s Life

How to Play:  Participants will first name a character that they know well for each round. Every round will consist of two random questions posted by the moderator. You will then share how the character you chose for that round would answer the questions as if answering from their point of view. For each round, you will name a different character to answer the new questions. There will be roughly 5 minutes for you to come up with answers to each set of questions.

Trivia

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!

20 Questions

How to Play: The host will think of a person, place or thing. Your task is to guess what it is. The first person in the room roster (on the upper right side) gets to ask a question that the host will 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.

Scattergories/List Builder

How to play: List Builder is a competitive game in which each player takes a turn to name something belonging to a particular genre. The host will give you a topic: examples could include capital cities, actors from a certain series of movies, or anything else your mind can conjure up. The winner is the last person to successfully add to the list.

Scattergories is a variant where the host will name five categories at once and ask contestants to name an example from each category beginning with a given letter of the alphabet. Play will continue for 5 rounds and pick a different random letter each time, giving people a limited time to think before naming their examples. The person who accumulates the most points over 5 rounds wins.

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 doing!

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2021-02-12 17:58:49 UTC
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Feedback Fest

Welcome to the International Fanworks Day Feedback Fest post for 2021!

Whether you’re a consumer or a creator, if you’re here it’s a safe bet to say that you love fanworks - and we do too!

Back in January, we asked you to collect any ‘lesser-known’ fanworks that you felt deserved more love, whether they were in smaller fandoms, for smaller ships, included lesser-used tropes, or were just works you liked that you thought deserved more hits and kudos. This post (and the matching post over at transformativeworks.org) is here for you to celebrate all of these works! Here’s what to do:

Leave a comment sharing any fanworks you think count as ‘lesser-known,’ including a link and a reason why you love them! You don’t have to think too hard about the criteria - it’s just for fun!

If a work you loved deserves more exposure, whether it’s got low hits in a popular fandom or is for a fandom with hardly any works, or any other criteria you can think of, we want to hear about it. Don’t forget to check out other people’s suggestions, and leave a kudos, comment, or bookmark to let the creator know you enjoyed their work too!

We can’t wait to see all the wonderful works you have to recommend to us this year, so get to it!

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