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The journal features previously unpublished interviews, reviews and discussions about craft in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and screen writing.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

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 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 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 Reviews

Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews is a poet, author, teacher and the host & coordinator of the Oakville Literary Cafe Series. Her latest book of poems, Meta Stasis, was released in July 2021 by Mosaic Press. Her collection of local poems and photography, Sunrise Over Lake Ontario, was launched in 2019. Her previous poetry publications include: Sea Glass, The Whispers of Stones, The Red Accordion, Letters from the Singularity and A Jar of Fireflies. Josie’s poetry has been shortlisted for the Malahat Review’s Open Season Award, Descant’s Winston Collins Prize, The Canada Literary Review, The Eden Mills Literary Contest and The Henry Drummond Poetry Prize. Her poetry has won first place in Arborealis Anthology Contest of The Ontario Poetry Society and in Big Pond Rumours Literary E-Zine. Some of her poems feature on The Niagara Falls Poetry website. One of her pieces was included by Priscila Uppal in Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology, Mansfield Press, in 2018, rated by Chatelaine Magazine as one of the best Canadian poetry books of 2018. Josie is the author of two non-fiction books: How the Italians Created Canada (the contribution of Italians to the Canadian socio-historical landscape) and In the Name of Hockey ( a closer look at emotional abuse in boys’ sports.) Josie teaches workshops for Poetry in Voice and for Oakville Galleries. She writes and lives in Oakville, Ontario.

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