Our project

The lists on this blog are part of an ongoing project to compile a comprehensive database of women writing in Canada previous to 1950.

Canada’s Early Women Writers (CEWW) is one of the seed projects for the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory, a larger project based at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton. The mandate for CEWW is ultimately to include “all notable [female] English-language writers active before 1950 who lived in Canada or wrote about Canada, whatever their audience and genre, ranging from travel journalism and scientific writing to poetry and fiction” (CWRC website).

Information for each entry we construct will include biographical as well as bibliographical information. If you have information about any of these authors, or know of other women writing in Canada during this time period—in journals, periodicals, newspapers, or published works—please contact me, Karyn Huenemann, at khuenema@sfu.ca, and I will add them to our list of authors to investigate.

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10 thoughts on “Our project”

  1. Okay — I’ve signed in! This looks exciting,

    Carole

  2. Susan McColl said:

    I was delighted to find this site; Back in the late 40s I read books set in Canada and loved them. Now, I am 76 and I don’t see many Canadian books in the library. I daresay you concentrate on promoting books for your nationality. Keep up the good work!

  3. A project that I am working on led me to your site. See my most recent post on Sara Jeanette Duncan: http://canadianwritersabroad.com

  4. A project I am working on led me to your site. http://famouscanadianwomen.com

  5. Janice said:

    what a wonderful tribute to these women, many of whom had no acclaim during their lives. Descendants, scholars, and the “audience” will appreciate the works you bring to light….

    • Thanks, Janice. More than just paying homage to these women, who were some of them very well known in their day, we are hoping that our project will spur others that look at the individual authors. Some relatives have expressed interest in republishing poems we have found. I hope such projects come to fruition.

  6. J. Warren said:

    Our book club is featuring poetry this month and I found your site while
    researching Canadian women poets.
    I love the poem “Thirst” by Marriott, Anne, published in 1936. I was delighted
    to find that the editor of the collection was Alan Crawley of Victoria, BC,
    my neck of the woods.
    I enjoyed Marriott’s imagery, which mirrors the spectacular
    Fall we are experiencing this year. Best of luck with your project – very
    important work!

    • Thank you so much for your comment! I particularly like Marriott’s poetry as well. The quality of our authors’ production is at times uneven, but all of these women deserve to be remembered, and it is really gratifying to belong to a project that helps that happen. Marriott, of course, is more well-known than many of our authors, but even her poetry needs to be brought more fully into the digital world and shared.

  7. David Reed said:

    I notice that my grandfather’s first cousin Helen Leah Reed is listed as an author to be evaluated.

    Is there any information you need that I might be able to provide?

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