In 2014 I was all about sharing great writing resources. You can still find many on those I found on my “Places of Unregulated Learning” page. Today I introduce you to “Open Cultured” which still gives great information and entertainment.
If you are a fan of About.com, Guernica Magazine and East Village Inky then you are certainly right at Open Culture. Its mission is to offer a platform where you can find high-quality cultural information. You can scour a huge library of free short stories links, free e-books, free e-courses, free language courses and much more.
Its lead editor Dan Colman used to work for About.com a knowledge library that I always go to when I need information about anything. Co-founder and former managing editor of the Guernica Magazine Josh Jones is part of the team behind Open Culture. Ayun Halliday author and illustrator of the East Village Inky writes for it too.
I like the fact that there is a big team from different backgrounds working together to bring the best picks from the internet to our doorstep. They help us, who are interested in life-long learning, to find the right free courses or resources.
The reason this page turned up on my search for the Short Story Links is Alice Munro. I stumbled over her with last week’s link and realized I have heard the name but never read anything from her. Then I read the article about her at Open Culture. So much in the writing community, today is about if you want to be a full-time writer or can do it with a day job.
Alice Munro started writing in a time and age where there was hardly any help from gadgets like a washing machine or a laptop. She says in an interview from 1990 with Rex Murphy that she never intended to write short fiction but “stumbled” over it as she had to find time for writing while raising her children. Writing and a day job or raising a family does not seem to have done any damage to great writers.
She is said to have revolutionized short story writing with her courage to move forwards and backward in time in her stories. Munro is compared to famous short story writers like Chekov and Faulkner and she won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013.
What I like about her is the fact that she writes different versions of her stories and publishes them. I have always thought that to be a sign of not being an accomplished writer but it looks to me that it is more an expression of her hugely productive creativity.
So please visit Open Culture and discover lots of information for your learning journey but mostly enjoy great short stories by Alice Munro.