Database of Canada's Early Women Writers

The Database of Canada’s Early Women Writers (DoCEWW) at Simon Fraser University is associated with the larger Canada’s Early Women Writers (CEWW) project, which is part of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC). Both projects include Canadian women writers who published their first work, in English, in or before 1950.

CEWW offers extensive bio-bibliographic entries on a selection of early Canadian women writers for whom sufficient information can be found; the DoCEWW is a simpler, easily navigable database of all Canadian women writers who have been identified by our project. Intriguing stories about our authors and titles can also be found on our project blog.

DoCEWW contains some 5000 authors, but the list is not yet comprehensive: we invite the public to contribute new names or additional information. To contact us, please leave a comment in the form on the specific page, or leave a comment on our blog.


This project has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Simon Fraser University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Department of English, and the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab at SFU.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Simon Fraser University faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of English, and SFU Library SFU Digital Humanities Innovation Lab