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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The journal features previously unpublished interviews, reviews and discussions about craft in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and screen writing.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 Hands Like Trees (Ronsdale Press, 2023) and three previous collections of poetry including Uncharted (Mansfield Press, 2020). His fiction and poetry 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.

Creative Non Fiction

Lucy E.M. Black is the author of The Marzipan Fruit Basket, a collection of short stories (Inanna Publications, 2017) and Eleanor Courtown, a work of historical fiction (Seraphim Editions, 2017).  Her novel, Stella’s Carpet (Now or Never Publishing, 2021) is a study of intergenerational trauma. The Brickworks (Now or Never Publishing) will be released in the Fall 2023. Her short stories have been published in Britain, Ireland, USA and Canada. A former educator, she studied creative writing at university and has an M.A. in nineteenth-century British fiction. Her current writing projects include work on the expropriation of farmland, and a collection of CNF stories called Class Lessons about vulnerable young people without agency. Lucy lives with her partner in the small lakeside town of Port Perry, Ontario, the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island, First Nations. 


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. Debbie lives with her husband in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island where she works as a freelance curriculum writer and plain language editor. She is a Buddhist of Scottish/Irish descent and a quiet rebel.


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.

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