Jonathan Ball, PhD

is creating Stranger Fiction and mentoring writers

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Every month, I will Skype or FaceTime with you for an hour — we’ll have a virtual coffee and talk about writing, or whatever you want. You’re getting access to my Patreon content and making all of my free content possible. From time to time, I will send you a note to say thanks!

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About

Hello!! I’m Jonathan Ball, an author of multiple books with a PhD in English. I combine genre concepts and experimental methods to craft innovative fiction, poetry, and film. I also work to demystify the creative process and share my methods to benefit other writers.

In the past decade, I’ve spent thousands of dollars providing free content through my various websites. Now I’m asking for your support to continue providing free content, and also to create more premium content.

I want to develop more innovative, complex, literary works and I need a stable, recurring income in order to justify higher levels of investment (of both my time and my money), and to hire other people to help me.

I am a full-time stay-at-home father of two young children (aged 1 and 3) who also teaches and writes to help support them and my third, older daughter (she's 18 and about to start university). Basically, I have four jobs (Dad, writer, freelancer, teacher) and I hope Patreon will help me quit the latter two so I can focus on the first two.

In exchange for your support, you will unlock my patron-only feed and locked, premium content on my main website, www.jonathanball.com.

Currently, for free, I publish:


I am going to begin locking some of the content at www.jonathanball.com as premium content. I will also be creating new premium content.

My premium content takes three core forms:

  • Creative Work: poetry, fiction, film, and various hybrids — a blend of older work, new work, and exclusive artworks not available elsewhere — you’ll also get special access to new works-in-progress. To begin with, I will serialize a novella, a Kafkaesque comic nightmare
  • Creative Process: a look “backstage” at how I create, with advice and tools that will help you create — ongoing lessons from a PhD-wielding writing instructor. To begin with, I will take an intensive look, draft-by-draft, at the writing and editing process for a single short story, exploring every significant choice in detail
  • Contact: Actual time spent on Skype/FaceTime with you talking about my work or giving writing advice, or even feedback on your own work

I’m opening my vaults to you, and opening my office to you. I have been writing seriously for two decades and have literally thousands of things that I will be releasing over time … plus I will be continually creating new work.

As I reach my funding goals, I will invest more time and reinvest some of your money into creating more material and taking on newer, more ambitious projects. Some of the projects on my horizon:

  • Serialized fiction that has never been published before
  • Online courses on writing and editing
  • A podcast delving deeply into creative issues, where I interview artists on extremely specific topics
  • An endless, multimedia website-novel, with intersecting storylines and special “nexus” scenes repeated from the perspectives of different characters
  • Special collaborations with other artists, including film work, comic books, and more

Thank you for your support!! It means the world to me.
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$70.94 of $100 per month
I will start a podcast, Writing the Wrong Way, where guests join me to delve deep into specific creative process issues.
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Audio releases
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111
Writings

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