The Artisanal Writer

Explores the Craft of Writing


The Artisanal Writer is an online journal about the craft of writing and reading. It explores what makes great writing, how great writing happens and how writers we love to read, make great writing happen.

The journal aims to address the forever open question of how best to read, reveal and refine what is meaningful in our world universally and in the place and time we particularly belong. It seeks to find a way into the writer’s unique aesthetic in the context of what we understand as shared principles.

The journal features previously unpublished interviews, reviews and discussions about craft in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and screen writing.

At this time featured authors are chosen through invitation only. For questions regarding submissions of craft essays or general pitches please write to

Content in the Artisanal Writer is protected under Creative Commons License. The journal will retain exclusive copyright for 30 days for any content published. Within this period content published in the Artisanal Writer may not be republished elsewhere, in any form (original or adapted) without consent from the publishers.


Craft Essays & Interviews

Sabyasachi (Sachi) Nag is the author of Uncharted (Mansfield Press, 2020) and two previous collections of poetry, Could You Please, Please, Stop Singing (Mosaic Press, 2015), and Bloodlines (Writers Workshop, 2006). His work has appeared in several journals worldwide. He is an alumnus of the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University, Humber School for Writers and the BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity. He is currently an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing program at University of British Columbia. He was born in Calcutta and writes from Mississauga, Ontario.

Fiction Book Reviews

Debbie Bateman is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio and a former teaching assistant in that program. Her work has appeared in Descant, Phoebe, Qwerty, and the “Shy Anthology” published by the University of Alberta Press. Two of her stories are included in “You Look Good For Your Age”, an anthology edited by Rona  Altrows, and recently released by the University of Alberta Press.

Poetry Book Reviews

Sharon Berg writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. She founded the International Literary E-Zine, Big Pond Rumours (January 2006 to September 2019) which ran contests and published chapbooks for Canadian authors. Sharon has published three poetry books: To A Young Horse (Borealis Press, 1979), The Body Labyrinth (Coach House Press, 1984), and Stars in the Junkyard (Cyberwit, 2020); as well as three chapbooks (2006, 2016, 2017). She also released a debut short fiction collection, Naming the Shadows (Porcupine’s Quill, 2019) and a cross genre history, The Name Unspoken: Wandering Spirit Survival School (Big Pond Rumours Press, 2019): She lives in Charlottetown, NL (Terra Nova National Park) where she runs Oceanview Writers Retreat.