|Name:||The Fanauthor Workshop|
|URL:||https://fanauthorworkshop.tumblr.com/; archive link|
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The Fanauthor Workshop was am MFA-style creative writing workshop run online for fanfiction writers by fan, writer, Wayward Daughters founder, and MFA grad student Betts aka Betty Days. The first session of the Fanauthor workshop began September 4, 2017 and Betts says future workshops are likely if there is interest. The workshop was application only and limited in the number of participants both because Betts was doing it for course credit toward her MFA and also because, ideally, writing workshops should be small. Participants were given the opportunity to workshop both fanfic and original fic.
As Betts in the application post explained: "fanfiction taught me how to write and i have immense respect for it as a genre. i think fanauthors do amazing literary work, and i’d like to take what i’ve learned from my MFA so far and bring it back to the community that fostered my passion for writing."
Betts discussed the workshop on an episode of the podcast Fansplaining, Episode 171: OFIC Magazine, in which she also spoke about the literary magazine OFIC Magazine, which was created by Betts and of which she is Editor-in-Chief.
- Better know a fic author: Vaysh
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- Better know a fic author: agent-nemesis
Applications for the spring 2022 cohort opened on January 15th, 2022, and closed on March 16th. The spring 2022 course ran weekly between April 22nd to May 20th, the cohort consisting of two groups, each of nine writers, for a total of 18.
While initially priced at $250 per participant, the workshop moved to a price of $1 plus a 'pay what you think it's worth' tip before beginning, to make the workshop as accessible as possible. All proceeds from the workshop went to startup capital for OFIC Press, a publisher of book-length works by fanfiction writers which Betts hopes to create.
- The Fanauthor Workshop collection at the Archive of Our Own.
- Writers University - an online resource website that offered centralized discussions of fan fiction