Weekly Round-Up April 12

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Weekly Round-Up April 12

Our Initiatives

PFWA’s Fan-Fiction Initiative Continues Through April

General Literary Happenings

April is Poetry Month & Camp NaNoWriMo

April 13-19 is National Library Week

Upcoming PFWA Events

April 19: Democratizing Fiction
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May 3: Social Meetup
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For National Poetry Month

Daily Poem Sea Cans by Derek Walcott

Daily Poem October 13 by Lauren Ireland

For National Library Week

From the American Library Association
http://www.ala.org/news/mediapresscenter/factsheets/nationallibraryweek

Free Online Products from Oxford University Press
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/oxford-university-press-is-making-online-products-free-during-national-library-week_b84538

Writing Related

Literary Map of San Francisco
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/a-literary-map-of-san-francisco_b84427

Philadelphia Public History ‘Truck’
http://www.geekadelphia.com/2014/04/04/get-introduced-to-the-philadelphia-public-history-truck-at-little-berlin-in-east-kensington/

Writing Craft and Publication

3 Deadly Traps for a Writer
http://bestsellerlabs.com/3-deadly-traps-for-a-writer/

What Struggle Means for Character
http://moodywriting.blogspot.com/2014/04/what-struggle-means-for-character.html

So What Is ‘High Concept’
http://diymfa.com/writing/ask-becca-high-concept-anyway

Realistic vs Logic
http://www.fromthewriteangle.com/2014/04/realistic-vs-logic.html

5 Writing Lessons from ‘Game of Thrones’
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2014/04/08/writing-game-of-thrones/

Writing Lesson with Sandy Pool
http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/writing-lessons-sandy-pool/

Putting Your Life In Fiction
http://litreactor.com/columns/storyvile-putting-your-life-in-your-fiction

Writing Life

How To Handle Interruptions
http://www.aboutfreelancewriting.com/2014/04/how-to-handle-interruptions-when-youre-freelance-writing/

Agents Going Off the Rails
http://www.thepassivevoice.com/04/2014/agents-going-off-the-rails/


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From the CAO’s Desk: FFI- A Subjective History of Fan Fiction Reading

websites mentioned: ffnet, AO3, wattpad and kindle worlds.

I first started reading and writing fan fiction, as many others on ffnet (www.Fanfiction.net). The first fandom I fell into was Kingdom Hearts, a Japanese RPG videogame of which the protagonists travel from an origin of a small, isolated island to distant worlds themed after Disney films. It is important to note that my introduction to the medium was of a fandom of videogame origin, since many writers now fall into fanfic via American TV and film fandoms.  It has been my observation that fandoms and the type of media that spurns the most fanfic is constantly evolving. In 2010, I remember Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts both occupying spots in top ten list of amount of works on the site.

After exhausting Kingdom Hearts stories, I stayed in media of Japanese origin: investigating similar stories in Final Fantasy and then Naruto fandoms. Once I was done with those stories, I jumped into original fiction posted on ffnet’s sister site, Fictionpress.net. It would be three years until I would find another site that would offer free community published works, and only then through my association with local writers in the Nanowrimo movement.

In 2013 I learned of Archive of our Own from a fellow local community chorister who is also a Whovian and Merlin fan. The site was (and currently is) in beta (read:developmental phase) so gaining an account to post and review required (requires) an invitation. Reading, however, is open to everyone. This site is American media-centric. Through reading stories posted there, I developed a taste for Merlin, Supernatural, Suits, and, most recently, Teen Wolf and Hannibal.

There is a tangent I should mention here. One great element of fanfic is the wonderful manner in which fanworks cross pollinate not only source media, but secondary media as well. Through AO3, for example, one can read a story that has elements of a source TV show’s narrative, but also integrates songs from a fanmix on 8tracks. Someone else may make fan art for the story, which the author can also link in the notes at the beginning of the story. Reading such stories have not only inspired me to watch the shows, but also buy mp3s of the songs featured in the mixes/OSTs.

The concept of fan fiction working as marketing for source work is not going unnoticed. Authors, (noticeably Orson Scott Card,) academic institutions, and even companies are becoming increasingly aware of the positive influence of fan work on the exposure and guerilla marketing of products. Most days, I’m an unabashed Teen Wolf fan (other days, it’s a mere guilty pleasure .) MTV not only has the episodes online for free streaming, but in the same queue has multiple promotional videos, including an interview show with the actors and an informal after-show with young avid fans who show fanshared videos and offer reaction commentary on what is going on in the show.

To return to the idea of literary consumption, the production of fanfiction has gained validity on two notable publishing websites. WattPad is a community publishing site for serious, professionally minded writers. Reputably, this site receives more attention from publishers than other sites. It has recently added the genre of fanfiction among categories for selection. The second website  of note is the well-loved behemoth that is Amazon. Kindle Worlds, established in May 2013, offers fanfiction writers of certain fandoms to professionally publish and sell their work. A limited amount of fandoms are licensed by Amazon, but the idea has gained momentum and at least one other website is deliberating on copying their idea.

When I began reading fan fiction in 2010, they were mere black words on a white page website with no graphic and only the language to recommend it. In four short years, this genre has bloomed into a true mode of fanwork exchange, linking art and often music to literature and sourceworks. Moreover, it has gained credibility and significance in the literary and commercial worlds. I can’t wait to see how dynamic and empowered fans will contribute to our society’s culture next.


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Weekly Round-Up March 16

Our Initiatives

Fan-Fiction Initiative Continues Through April

April is Poetry Month

Upcoming PFWA Events

April 19: Democratizing Fiction
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May 3: Social Meetup
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Events Around the City

Upcoming: Cherry Blossom Festival
http://www.uwishunu.com/2014/03/coming-attraction-the-2014-subaru-cherry-blossom-festival-returns-with-tons-of-family-friendly-events-across-philadelphia-april-2-13/

Writing Craft and Publication

The 10 Stages of the Creative Process
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/02/19/tiffany-shlain-creative-process/

Story as Architecture / Architecture as Story
http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/story-as-architecture-architecture-as-story/

Anachronisms: Nobody Said That Then!
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/hendrikhertzberg/2014/02/masters-of-sex-nobody-said-that-then.html

Perfecting Your Plot
http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2014/03/guest-post-by-chris-eboch.html

In Writing, There are Rules, and Then There Are “Rules”
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/03/19/in-writing-there-are-rules-and-then-there-are-rules/

“Am I Publishable, or Not?”
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/18/am-i-publishable-or-not-reading-the-tea-leaves/

Where Pantsing and Plotting Miss the Real Story
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/13/what-both-pantsing-and-plotting-miss-the-real-story/

On Being A Writer & Creative

Confidence is a Choice, not a Symptom
http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2014/03/confidence-is-a-choice-not-a-symptom.html

What Really Matters – What Authors Give Back
http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/what-really-matters/

29 Ways to Stay Creative
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/29-ways-to-stay-creative-video-infographic_b83798

11 Writers on Dealing With Criticism
http://flavorwire.com/446215/11-writers-on-how-they-deal-with-criticism/

 Writing Contests Around the Web

(note: linked contests and submission calls are not endorsed by the PFWA. These notifications are provided as a service to our viewers and subscribers. Before submitting, please review what rights, money, or other obligations are in question)

“Let’s Write” – Deadline Postmark April 10 ($8 to enter)
http://gcwriters.org/contest.html

League of Utah Writers – Deadline June 15 ($10 to enter)
http://luwriters.org/index.html (left column has links)


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Weekly Round-Up March 9

Our Initiatives

Fan-Fiction Initiative Continues Through April

April is Poetry Month

Upcoming Events

April 19: Democratizing Fiction
[Facebook RSVP]
[Twitter RSVP]
[More Details >> Add to Calendar]

May 3: Social Meetup
[Facebook RSVP]
[More Details >> Add to Calendar]

Writing Craft and Publication

Characters and Characterization
http://authorselectric.blogspot.com/2014/03/characters-and-characterisation.html

Kill Your Darlings: How Game of Thrones can change your writing
http://litreactor.com/columns/storyville-kill-your-darlings-how-the-game-of-thrones-can-change-your-writing

The Varied Emotional Stages of Writing
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/03/11/the-varied-emotional-stages-of-writing-a-book/

Top Three Reasons why Fiction Manuscripts Get Rejected
http://www.authorspublish.com/top-3-reasons-why-fiction-manuscripts-get-rejected/

Top 10 Reasons I May Have Rejected Your Short Story
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-top-10-reasons-i-may-have-rejected-your-short-story

Creativitity is Neither Madness Nor Magic
http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/creativity-neither-magic-nor-madness/

On Being a Writer

The Overlooked Job of the Writer
http://authorselectric.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-overlooked-job-of-writer.html

On the Care and Feeding of Writers
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/07/on-the-care-and-feeding-of-writers/

Writers Don’t Make Much Money: The Struggle Continues
http://flavorwire.com/443574/writers-dont-make-much-money-the-struggle-continues/

How to Avoid Homelessness and Starvation as a Writer
http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/how-to-avoid-homelessness-and-starvation-as-a-writer/

The Busy Person’s Guide to Reducing Stress
http://zenhabits.net/stressguide/

Writing Contests [Around the Web]

(note: linked contests and submission calls are not endorsed by the PFWA. These notifications are provided as a service to our viewers and subscribers. Before submitting, please review what rights, money, or other obligations are in question)

24-hour Short Story Writing Contest – Deadline April 26 ($5 to enter)
http://www.writersweekly.com/misc/contest.php

2014 Chapbook Contest | The New Michigan Press DIAGRAM – Deadline April 1 ($18 to enter)
http://thediagram.com/contest.html

Eaton Literary Agency’s Annual Awards Program – Short Story Deadline March 31 (free)
http://www.eatonliterary.com/submissions.htm


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From the CAO’s Desk: FFI- The Stigma against Fan Fiction

This past weekend, I was a presenter at Anime Boston. The previous day, I had attended a panel on “Hunger Games and Battle Royal,” which compared and contrasted the American YA novel and film with the Japanese film and manga. Also at the con, was a panel about Culture Convergence, in which the presenter-who is in an anthropology Doctoral program–spoke about how anime cons are becoming more inclusive of American fandoms. Walking the halls of the convention center, I saw many Queen Elsas and Doctors and Daleks.

Sunday, the final day of the con, I give my “Introduction to Fan Fiction” presentation. I frame it in my own personal narrative, including how Japanese culture strongly played a part in my integration into the fanfiction community: my first experience with fan fic was of the Kingdom Hearts variety, I never understood the appeal of Naturo until I read some fan fic of it.

I then integrate a historical overview of how fanfiction in the US started with Star Trek fanzines. The conversation continues and I also mention that I’m currently working on Sterek (Teen Wolf) and Johnlock (BBC Sherlock) fanfic. These topics stimulate a lot of audience discussion, which is great: for conventions, in which a large part of the experience is community and not necessarily pure, high-brow education, I prefer presentations to include an interactive quality, rather than just being an info dump. Unfortunately, one of the male audience participants decided to heckle “You’re at the wrong con,” when I was reacting to some of the points of US American fandom. I responded with a counter point about the con culture convergence and inclusivity. (It’s kind of nice being the one up on the stage with the mic and therefore having more power over mere attendees.)

The next day I’m on a seven and a half hour Megabus ride returning home to Philadelphia, and I have a moment for some reflection. A few thoughts come to mind: First, would this man have made such a comment if we were discussing Avengers (or another more male dominated) fandom? Secondly, I was glad I responded as constructively and assertively as I did, because, after the presentation concluded, an 11 year old Teen Wolf fan (sporting a hoodie featuring the fictional high school’s insignia) and her mother came up to the stage and greeted me. I’m glad I could indirectly show her my support argue that such a young girl did have a place at the con.

Fan fiction writers encounter push back not only IRL at cons, but also constantly on the internet. We are dismissed by other fans, other writers, members of the press, and sometimes (although less and less frequently) the creators and main players themselves.

In my humble opinion, much of this negativity stems from a discrete form of sexism. Fan fiction originated in the US from Star Trek zines, and most of the stories, then and now, are slash. Slash challenges not only heteronomality, but also the traditional gender paradigm, in that it is fiction written by women for a feminine audience and thus does not appeal to a masculine audience that is used to all literature being written by and for them.

Many would also assert that “Fan fiction is all porn.” Such a statement is categorically untrue, and is as accurate as saying that “All videos on the internet are porn.” Certainly, there are many stories that are pure literotica; however they are far from the norm.

What negativity or positivity have you encountered with fanfiction? These are my observations, but by no means a scientific study. I hope to hear some writer’s opinions!


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PFWA Intro to Fan Fiction CANCELLED

The Event for this afternoon (“Intro to Fan Fiction, March 8 @ 1pm”) has been CANCELLED due to the speaker falling ill. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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