Epistolary novels ? also called novels in letters ? have reached its peak of popularity in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. The letters can be traced back to the times of Ovid and the New Testament. This master thesis gives an historical outline of the epistolary development, as well as the woman?s role in society and their contribution to the literate world. It also shows that female writing deserves as much attention as that of males, as there is a considerable collection of women?s letters to be found throughout history. The aim of this master thesis is not only to investigate the epistolary novel, but also to analyse the art of letter writing, as well as the diary form. Furthermore, it shows how traumatised characters can benefit from the art of letter writing, as well as the necessity of a confidential friend one writes to. For that purpose, the novels and short stories discussed and analysed are by Canadian writers, such as Saul Bellow?s Herzog, Alice Munro?s Before the Change and A Wilderness Station, Lynn Coady?s The Antagonist, and Richard B. Wright?s Clara Callan. Clara Callan is an epistolary novel, which also consists of diary entries written by the female protagonist. The inclusion of diaries or diary fragments into narratives was very common as it delivered a feeling of veracity. The role of the diary will be discussed in detail. Multiperspectivity is defined by multiple and often discrepant viewpoints for the presentation and evaluation of a story. Alice Munro?s A Wilderness Station consists of different viewpoints regarding a murder and will be analysed according to the definition of multiperspectivity. All of the novels mentioned are epistolary novels, which provide the reader with the character?s secret feelings and thoughts, and further give an impression of immediacy and authenticity.