Jonathan Ball, PhD is creating innovative literature and helping writers develop their artistry
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patrons

$186
per month
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.
Tiers
Helper Monkey
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Every little bit helps, so thank you, helper monkey!
Show Your Support
$3 or more per month 1 patron
You’re making all of my free content possible. Thank you!!!
Take Your Seat
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
You’re getting access to my premium content, beginning with my serialized novella, KANADA, and an intensive DRAFT BY DRAFT examination of the writing and editing process for a single short story, and making all of my free content possible.


From time to time, I will mail you a small note to say thanks! If you stick around for a full year, then I will mail you a signed book. 

Enter the Vault
$17 or more per month 1 patron
You’re getting access to EXCLUSIVE content from my archives, and special exclusive content not available anywhere else. 


You also get access to all of my premium content. Every two months, I will mail you something special to say thanks! — starting with a signed book.

Grab Ya Java
$57 or more per month 3 of 40 patrons
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 also get access to all of my EXCLUSIVE, Creative PROCESS, and CREATIVE content — plus every two months I will mail you something special to say thanks! — starting with a signed book. 

Enter the Masterclas
$157 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Every month, I will read up to 10 pages of your writing and provide face-to-face feedback over Skype or FaceTime or phone, whichever you prefer. (If you live in Winnipeg, we could potentially meet for coffee.) I will also summarize my feedback in an e-mail for you, or as comments on your file.


My focus will be on helping you achieve your broader goals as a writer, not just on giving feedback. To begin with, I'll start with getting clear on your goals so that I can tailor my feedback to you. I will also provide you with lessons/writing exercises specifically designed to help you grow towards your goals.


You also get access to all of my EXCLUSIVE, Creative PROCESS, and CREATIVE content — plus every two months I will mail you something special to say thanks! — starting with a signed book. 

Goals
$186 of $300 per month
I will write and publish weekly micro-fictions on my website, and collect them annually into an ebook free to all of my patrons.
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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.

Recent posts by Jonathan Ball, PhD

Tiers
Helper Monkey
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Every little bit helps, so thank you, helper monkey!
Show Your Support
$3 or more per month 1 patron
You’re making all of my free content possible. Thank you!!!
Take Your Seat
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
You’re getting access to my premium content, beginning with my serialized novella, KANADA, and an intensive DRAFT BY DRAFT examination of the writing and editing process for a single short story, and making all of my free content possible.


From time to time, I will mail you a small note to say thanks! If you stick around for a full year, then I will mail you a signed book. 

Enter the Vault
$17 or more per month 1 patron
You’re getting access to EXCLUSIVE content from my archives, and special exclusive content not available anywhere else. 


You also get access to all of my premium content. Every two months, I will mail you something special to say thanks! — starting with a signed book.

Grab Ya Java
$57 or more per month 3 of 40 patrons
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 also get access to all of my EXCLUSIVE, Creative PROCESS, and CREATIVE content — plus every two months I will mail you something special to say thanks! — starting with a signed book. 

Enter the Masterclas
$157 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Every month, I will read up to 10 pages of your writing and provide face-to-face feedback over Skype or FaceTime or phone, whichever you prefer. (If you live in Winnipeg, we could potentially meet for coffee.) I will also summarize my feedback in an e-mail for you, or as comments on your file.


My focus will be on helping you achieve your broader goals as a writer, not just on giving feedback. To begin with, I'll start with getting clear on your goals so that I can tailor my feedback to you. I will also provide you with lessons/writing exercises specifically designed to help you grow towards your goals.


You also get access to all of my EXCLUSIVE, Creative PROCESS, and CREATIVE content — plus every two months I will mail you something special to say thanks! — starting with a signed book.