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When communities of determined people come together, community publishing can result in pretty creative and interesting material for all of us to enjoy!
“Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.” – Jodi Picoult, Second Glance
That to me, is the essence of a community. Ordinary people, reaching out to one another in ways that can seem extraordinary – sharing love, life, laughter and tears – over stories and a (perhaps imaginary!) cup of tea.
While there is plenty of horrible stuff on the Internet, one of the very best things to emerge from it is genuine virtual communities and platforms, built on the idea that we don’t have to ‘know’ each other to empathise, share and support. Along with the rise of such communities has emerged – Community Publishing. Very simply, community publishing is when a bunch of people come together over common interests or shared ideas, and a creative product emerges from that delicious mingling of minds.
Here at Women’s Web, we pride ourselves on having built a community of independent minded women, who are not afraid to voice their opinions, and lead the change we want to see around us. The community publishing trend that we are a part of, is taking hold in every part of the world. From community radio in rural communities, to urban artists coming together to use graffiti as art at public places, to books of every genre emerging from such groups – community publishing is well and truly on the rise. Here’s why.
1.Room for diversity – White, Male, Affluent – once upon a time, this was the most popular kind of writer. Today, writing and publishing are no longer the prerogative of a single group. We all want to be heard, and community publishing is making that possible for us.
2.Constructive feedback – Digital platforms like Women’s Web and others offer creators the chance to receive constructive feedback and polish their work. Especially when platforms are supportive of creators and offer a safe space, creativity can truly flourish.
3.Reach a global audience – Community developed products, especially online, can often go to a much wider audience than we ever imagined previously.
Take a look at our infographic below, which tells you all about Community Publishing and how you can ride this trend as well and access new opportunities.
Here at Women’s Web, we’ve taken it one step ahead to select and bring you some of the best work of this community.
Kunti’s Confessions & Other Short Stories is a collection of 15 short stories by women, that reflect some of the quiet joys as well as deepest fears of Indian women today.
Drawing inspiration from leading contemporary female authors in India today, including Anuja Chauhan, Anita Nair, Jaishree Misra and Jhumpa Lahiri, every month in 2016, readers of Women’s Web sent in their own writing. These 15 shortlisted stories represent the very best of the short fiction published on the site in 2016. These stories that emerge from the reality of women’s lives will resonate with women and men everywhere.
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