Canadian Women Writing and Reading from 1950

Canadian Women Writing and Reading from 1950 is an open-access database illustrating the immense productivity of Canadian women writers within the rapidly changing culture of the mid twentieth century to the present day.

Embracing “writing” as a large and diverse field, the site and database document the work of Canadian women in both established and emerging genres. Through the inclusion of writer interviews and reader surveys, the site acknowledges that writers and readers live in interconnected worlds. Connectivity is a key feature of the project. The born-digital information is designed as a resource for teachers, students, and general readers interested in searching according to writer, genre, or period, texts and themes. Project leader: Patricia Demers.

Supported by SSHRC, continues to be produced through the creative contributions of gifted graduate students as RAs, coders, and designers (Matthew Bouchard, Lindsay Doll, Amy Dyrbye, Carlos Fiorentino, Emily Haas, Calen Henry, Devorah Kobluk, Katie McConchie, Clare Mulcahy, and Amy Stafford). In addition to including 2010 texts and studies, we are preparing for the migration to the CWRC
platform. To ensure interoperability, we are attending to consistency in coding and protocols of nomenclature.

Project Leader: Patricia Demers
Project Webpage:
Related projects: Canadian Women Artists Books, an online exhibit hosted by the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library.