Canadian Women Writing and Reading from 1950 is an open-access research collection 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 project 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.


The project is indebted to 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.

Project Leader

Patricia Demers, University of Alberta