Jonathan Ball, PhD

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Every week, I will send you my best new page, and tell you about how I wrote it. I'll share resources I used, techniques you could try, and other behind-the-scenes information and writing advice.


I’m the author of several books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including Clockfire, The Politics of Knives, and the forthcoming The National Gallery.

I hold a PhD in creative writing and host the podcast Writing the Wrong Way.

On that podcast, and this website, I share my own creative work, interview other artists, and offer resources to help my fellow writers.

If you are a serious writer who is willing to put in the work, I will help you experiment to develop your craft, edit to improve your art, and become more efficient and productive.

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