Current Projects and Plans

The WWP is always engaged in expanding the scope of the Women Writers Online collection. In addition to this regular capture of new material, however, we also undertake more specific projects that offer enhancements to the functionality of WWO, or provide opportunities for us to involve our readers in new ways. Our major projects are described below; many are completed, some are now under way, and others await funding.


Under a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the WWP developed “Intertextual Networks,” a three-year research project focusing on intertextuality in early women’s writing. As part of this project we have expanded the encoding of WWP texts to include explicit identification of the sources of quotations, allusions, and citations in the WWO textbase, and we have developed a comprehensive bibliography of those sources. The bibliography and related data sets of reference networks were published in 2022 as the open-access Women Writers: Intertextual Networks. We also engaged a team of collaborators in a detailed exploration of the varieties of intertextual references and interconnections between WWO texts. The results of this work are published in the form of exhibits in Women Writers in Context. Read more...

Reception History

For the “Cultures of Reception” project, funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the WWP pursued a study of readership and reception based on the WWO collection. This project produced Women Writers in Review, an open-access collection of source material including contemporary reviews and commentary on WWO texts, together with tools for analysis of the cultural and geographical landscape of reception. Read more...

WWP scholarly workshop series

The WWP staff have been offering workshops on scholarly text encoding since 2004, serving an audience of humanities researchers, digital librarians, archivists, and digital practitioners. In summer 2011 we received an award from NEH to support “Taking TEI Further”, a three-year series of institutes on advanced topics in digital humanities starting in March 2012. This series built on two previous awards from NEH. In 2006 we received funding from the NEH to support a two-year program of workshops and seminars on text encoding, aimed specifically at humanities faculty, held at humanities centers across the US during 2007–2009. In 2008, we received a second NEH grant to support a continuation of this work, providing a smaller set of more advanced workshops on special topics in scholarly text encoding. This program ran for two years, ending in June 2011. In 2018, the WWP received a grant from the NEH Institutes for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities to support a series of advanced seminars on using word embedding models in teaching and research. This program supported four institutes in 2019–2022: introductory and intensive seminars on research and on teaching. Read more about the series here.

As part of this program, the WWP also provides consultation and other followup services to participants. The goal of the program is to enable faculty to play a more intellectually engaged role in digital projects, and also to undertake text encoding projects on their own.

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WWP Exhibits

Starting in 2013, the Women Writers Project has published “Women Writers in Context”: a series of online exhibits organized around texts from our Women Writers Online collection. These exhibits serve both as brief scholarly introductions to important thematic or conceptual divisions and as explorations of the relationship between current scholarship on early modern women’s writing and electronic texts. Exhibits offer an opportunity for individual scholars to explore parts of our collection through the lens of specific topics that interest them, to put selected texts in dialogue with one another and with other areas of their research, and to introduce readers to new and potentially unfamiliar authors and texts. All of the contextual essays formerly published in Renaissance Women Online are being republished in Women Writers in Context, a process which is now nearly complete.

Early Modern Women’s Manuscripts

The WWP is exploring ways of including collaboratively edited manuscript materials in the WWO collection. We are currently working on an extended pilot project with the editors of Mary Moody Emerson’s Almanacks, as part of which we have incorporated manuscript-specific reading features into the reading interface for Women Writers Online. After the completion of the pilot, we will be seeking partners for an initial set of manuscripts to be included in Women Writers Online. Thus far we have published twenty-one folders from the Almanacks in Women Writers Online. Read more about the project here.

Internships in Digital Humanities

The Women Writers Project invites proposals for one- or two-semester internships, as well as summer internships, focusing on methods of representing, visualizing, and analysing digital texts in the humanities. Interns work closely with WWP staff and develop tools or research studies arising from the Women Writers Online collection. Read more about our internship program here.


In order to allow for experimentation with new tools, and to give our readers a chance to test and play with these tools as they emerge, we are developing an experimental annex or “sandbox” connected to the main WWO interface and linked from it. This space is used to test out experimental interface ideas, to give users a chance to work with beta versions and provide feedback, and to present tools and interface features that are too specialized or unusual to be incorporated directly into WWO. Visit the WWP Lab here.

Online Syllabi

The WWP has been collecting and digitizing syllabi which use texts from the WWP collection, contributed by faculty members who have used our texts in their teaching. These syllabi demonstrate a fascinating range of teaching approaches and juxtapositions between texts: those that are well known and those that are more obscure; texts by female and male authors; texts from unexpected genres that allow a particular theme to be pursued in innovative ways. We have created a database of these materials and they are now available to our readers in a searchable form, with links to online WWO texts. We also host a “Teaching Partners” program for instructors to develop and share teaching materials that connect with WWP publications. Read more about the Teaching Partners program here.