The Crafts of World Literature special issue of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature could capture only a portion of the rich conversations that took place at the CWL conference. We therefore invited presenters to submit papers for this website. These have been refined, proofed and edited by Charne Lavery and Charlotta Salmi, but not peer-reviewed by specialists. In some cases, presenters have submitted longer essays, such as Tom Overton and Brenda Cooper; others have taken the opportunity to share starting points, explorations, digressions, or summaries. Further papers will appear in due course, as well as from other events, so please return. There is space beneath the papers for comments and further discussion.