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Name: Flourish
Alias(es): Flourish Klink, msbunburyist, cennorethsdaughter, mahtala
Type: fan writer, aca-fan
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Vorkosigan
Other: The Alternity website
URL: dreamwidth, website
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Flourish Klink is a fanfic writer, conference organizer and archive administrator, most notably in the Harry Potter fandom (having written stories for that fandom prior to the establishment of its Fanfiction.net section.)

She is also an aca-fan who has frequently worked with Henry Jenkins.

One notable contribution to fandom includes co-founding FictionAlley, being on staff at FanFiction.Net at the age of 13. [1]

Flourish also co-authored the classic Harry Potter fanfic "Alternity." Though the story has since disappeared from the internet, she resurrected it as an RPG in 2008. The RPG is also entitled Alternity.

List of Primary Fandoms:

  • 1997-1998: X-files
  • 1998 - present: Harry Potter
  • 2007 - present: Vorkosigan


Flourish Klink (Chief Research Officer, Partner) masterminds all of Chaotic Good's key social media and fan strategy initiatives across all platforms for studios, networks, game developers and brands.

Flourish's interest in fandom started early: at thirteen, she co-founded FictionAlley, which became the largest _Harry Potter fanfiction community online. She also helped organize Harry Potter fan conferences over the course of ten years. She then continued her interest in participatory culture at MIT and for her graduate degree carried out a groundbreaking and in-depth study of _Twilight_ fans (and their counterparts, Twilight haters).

Before joining Chaotic Good, Flourish was the Chief Participation Officer at The Alchemists where she oversaw transmedia and social media strategy for Hulu's TV series _East Los High_ and was the lead producer and co-writer on the _Transcendence: Origins_ mobile game for Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment.

Flourish is a prolific writer and transmedia storyteller. She is the founder and co-author of _Alternity_, a collaborative transformative work of fiction based on JK Rowling's _Harry Potter_ alternate universe which ran for seven years. Her fanfiction work also includes _The Hellhound of the Rockefellers_ (_Sleepy Hollow_ & _Elementary_ crossover) and _Just For The Cameras_ (One Direction).

In 2012 Flourish designed, wrote and programmed _Muggle Studies_, a text adventure that critiques the morality of the _Harry Potter_ universe. It won a prestigious XYZZY award (the Academy Awards of interactive fiction). Also in the interactive novel/narrative game space Flourish wrote _Out of the Night_ and _Red Room_, both taking place in the _Twin Peaks_ universe.

In 2015 she launched a podcast about fandom, _Fansplaining_, with Elizabeth Minkel. She is also a board member of the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation, which seeks to preserve and support the creation of all forms of interactive storytelling.

Flourish graduated from Reed College in 2008 with a B.A. in Religion and also holds an S.M. from MIT in Comparative Media Studies. In her copious free time, Flourish often lectures at MIT in the US and has also lectured in Brazil, Norway and Columbia. [2]



List of Conferences & Conventions (Presenting or Organizing)


  1. Fandoms, the Internet, and Harry Potter: An interview with Flourish Klink, co-founder of FictionAlley and CMS lecturer (2013)
  2. Flourish Klink - Biography, Archived version, accessed September 15, 2017