Welcome to the Scribbling Women Project
When Nathaniel Hawthorne scribbled his now infamous judgment about his "fellow" women writers, they were vastly outselling him in all the mid-19th century markets. Writers such as Fanny Fern, Susan Warner, Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth, and Maria Cummings were household names then. Yet by the mid-20th century, their works were totally ignored or relegated to specialized university courses. Since the 1970s, however, efforts to recover and reassess U.S. women’s writing have been ongoing. These efforts have reacquainted us with the substantial contributions women writers have made to our literary heritage.
Scribblingwomen.org, originally under the sponsorship of The Public Media Foundation, has participated in this effort through its professionally produced radio plays, all adapted from American women's fictional or autobiogrpahical narratives. We are proud to present these plays, without charge, as they appreared on the original site, along with their award-winning educational materials. The Radio Plays option below provides an opportunity for teachers, students, library patrons, visually impaired listeners, and a general audience to learn about and enjoy an often neglected part of our cultural heritage as well as being introduced to some new voices.
The site now offers two more segments to provide expanded opportunities to participate in the making and assessing of American women's creative efforts. Through Discussion (Click on below) you can join in forums and conversations. Through New Women Scribbling (Click on below) we will offer a variety of women and their words, through spoken, written, auditory, and visual media.