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The Women Writers Project Continues Its Work to Make Writing of Early Modern Women More Accessible

The Women Writers Project (WWP) is a long-term research project that encodes writing from early modern women writers, making them accessible to teachers, students, scholars, and the general public.

The project began in the 1980s at Brown University. Its goal was to redirect attention to the writing of early modern women writers and to encode these writings so that they could be accessible to more people and preserved over time. Faculty from both Brown University and other universities worked to transcribe texts. In 1988, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the project funding. Within the first five years of the project, the team transcribed around 200 texts and began drafting teaching resources surrounding the texts.

When the expanded Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines were published in 1993, the team worked on developing their encoding methods and improving their systems of documentation. In 1996, the team resumed their encoding, and 1999, they published Women Writers Online (WWO), making the WWP available electronically. Much of the funding for the project comes from universities that pay subscription fees; however, the WWP also provides discounted subscriptions and even free subscriptions when necessary to ensure broader access. In 2013, the WWP and its staff moved to Northeastern University and became part of the university’s Digital Scholarship Group. Over the years, the WWP has developed several projects, like Intertextual Networks, that are geared toward expanding the scope of the WWO collection.

The project now houses a multitude of resources for its users. Users have access to consultation, internships, teaching materials, workshops, and seminars. Recently, the site posted a call for participants to apply to attend the Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist: Intensive, teaching focused seminar, which will be held on Zoom on May 16-20, 2022.

Visit the site: https://wwp.northeastern.edu/

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