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Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD

Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD

By Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD
Writing the Wrong Way is the perfect podcast for serious writers who want to stand out in a crowded industry by becoming more productive while taking more artistic risks. Jonathan Ball is an award-winning author of dark, experimental artworks. He holds a PhD in creative writing and uses an analytical approach to show serious writers new ways to write, edit, and work so they can create innovative art that stands taller than the crowd. www.strangerfication.ca/
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SM Beiko on Worldbuilding, Writing a Series, and the Publishing Industry
Jonathan welcomes in artist, author & editor S.M. (Samantha) Beiko to talk about her process of creating the world in which your characters can live through multiple story instalments.  Find more of Samantha's work here: https://www.smbeiko.com/ Pick up your copy of the Dead Work Anthology at https://deadwork.ca For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
01:00:49
April 12, 2022
Jordan Scott on Writing Poetry and Picture Books and Using a 'Magpie' Process
University of Winnipeg Writer-in-Residence Jordan Scott joins Jonathan's writing class to talk to students and answer questions about his writing process. For more on Jordan and his work: https://news.uwinnipeg.ca/2022-carol-shields-writer-in-residence-is-jordan-scott/ Pick up your copy of the Dead Work Anthology at https://deadwork.ca For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
50:09
April 05, 2022
Prose Poetry with Ryan Fitzpatrick
Jonathan welcomes in poet ryan fitzpatrick to define and discuss prose poetry, and its differences with traditional verse poetry. Check out fitzpatrick's work: https://ryanfitzpatrick.ca/ Pick up your copy of the Dead Work Anthology at https://deadwork.ca For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
55:12
March 29, 2022
Structuring Story — Aliens Attack the Government! (Part 2 of 2)
Jonathan and Lyndon continue to break their Alien Invasion story, working out the structure of the tale in the process.   Pick up your copy of the Dead Work Anthology at https://deadwork.ca For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
01:13:27
March 22, 2022
Breaking Story — Aliens Attack the Government! (Part 1 of 2)
Jonathan welcomes back comics creator Lyndon Radchenka to "break story" or come up with a completely new story idea from beginning to end.  Even though the Kickstarter is now over, you can still get your copy of the Dead Work Anthology at https://deadwork.ca For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
54:18
March 15, 2022
Celebrating the Resurrection of Dead Work (Kickstarter Funded!)
Jonathan joins other members of the Dead Work Collective as their Kickstarter to publish an anthology of original comic stories is funded! The conversation quickly turns to the art of creating comics: what works for some doesn't for others as these gentlemen can attest. Even though the Kickstarter is now over, you can still get your copy of the Dead Work Anthology at https://deadwork.ca For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
59:27
March 08, 2022
Chasing Artwork & GMB Chomichuk on Crowdfunding the Dead Work Anthology
Comic creators GMB Chomichuk and Justin Currie (known the world over as Chasing Artwork) join Jonathan for an in-depth discussion about crowdfunding at large as they approach the end of the Dead Work Anthology Kickstarter campaign. To back the Dead Work Anthology, go to https://deadwork.ca For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
45:47
March 01, 2022
Adam Petrash on editing the Dead Work Anthology
As the Dead Work Anthology Kickstarter nears completion, Jonathan talks to writer/editor Adam Petrash about how he edited the Dead Work Anthology and put all these stories together. To back the Dead Work Anthology, go to https://deadwork.ca For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
42:28
February 22, 2022
Collaborating on the Dead Work
Jonathan welcomes more members of the Dead Work Collective: Zach Schuster, Steven Kaul, and Lyndon Radchenka. They discuss their individual Dead Work Anthology stories, how they collaborated to help each other finish them, and the excitement building as the Kickstarter gets closer and closer to being funded! To back the Dead Work Anthology, go to https://deadwork.ca For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
40:46
February 15, 2022
Creating the Dead Work Comics (Kickstarter is Live Now!)
Jonathan welcomes in two more members of the Dead Work Collective, Jordan Patrick Finn and Christopher Smith. They discuss their creative process for their Dead Work stories. For more information, and to back the Dead Work Anthology, go to https://deadwork.ca For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
47:54
February 08, 2022
Back the Dead Work Kickstarter!
Jonathan welcomes Zach Schuster and Lyndon Radchenka back to the podcast to discuss Dead Work, an new indie comics anthology now available on Kickstarter! For more information, and to back Dead Work, go to https://deadwork.ca For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
37:35
February 02, 2022
Writing from Life and Teaching the Creative Process with Catherine Hunter
Jonathan welcomes award-winning poet and University of Winnipeg creative writing professor Catherine Hunter for a wide-raging discussion on her craft. The conversation digs deep into the process, from drawing on your own experiences to re-writing Harry Potter. Spoiler alert for The Great Gatsby, if you haven't read it.  You can find more on Catherine and her work here.  Jonathan's latest project is The Eye Collector, available from Heavy Metal magazine: https://shop.heavymetal.com/products/the-eye-collector-1 For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
01:07:07
January 11, 2022
Creative Goals with Lyndon Radchenka (Part 2)
Lyndon Radchenka is a successful writer, letterer and comic creator who has a  plan for his career. Jonathan talks to him about that plan, and about  whether he can achieve the goals he has set out for himself. You can find Radchenka's work here: https://www.infinitestudio.ca/projects Jonathan's latest project is The Eye Collector, available from Heavy Metal magazine: https://shop.heavymetal.com/products/the-eye-collector-1 For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/ Episode analytics
01:03:43
January 04, 2022
Creative Goals with Lyndon Radchenka (Part 1)
Lyndon Radchenka is a successful writer, letterer and comic creator who has a plan for his career. Jonathan talks to him about that plan, and about whether he can achieve the goals he has set out for himself. You can find Radchenka's work here: https://www.infinitestudio.ca/projects Jonathan's latest project is The Eye Collector, available from Heavy Metal magazine: https://shop.heavymetal.com/products/the-eye-collector-1 For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
53:27
December 28, 2021
Wren Brian on Writing and the Theatre
Jonathan welcomes playwright Wren Brian to the podcast to discuss the challenges of writing for the stage. Check out Brian's work at https://www.wrenbrian.com Jonathan's latest project is The Eye Collector, available from Heavy Metal magazine: https://shop.heavymetal.com/products/the-eye-collector-1 For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
47:33
December 21, 2021
Fell Hound on Creating Comics and Commander Rao
Jonathan welcomes illustrator/comic artist Fell Hound to discuss her new one-shot comic Commander Rao, and to talk about the challenges of funding comics through Kickstarter. Check out Commander Rao, now on sale from Scout Comics: https://www.scoutcomics.com/collections/commander-rao Jonathan's latest project is The Eye Collector, available from Heavy Metal magazine: https://shop.heavymetal.com/products/the-eye-collector-1 For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
44:11
December 14, 2021
Erín Moure on Poetry and Translation
Jonathan welcomes in University of Winnipeg Writer-in-Residence Erin Moure to speak with his class and answer questions about her career as an acclaimed writer and poet.  Pick up Moore's most recent poetry collection here: https://www.amazon.ca/Planetary-Noise-Selected-Poetry-Moure/dp/0819576956 Jonathan's latest project is The Eye Collector, available from Heavy Metal magazine: https://shop.heavymetal.com/products/the-eye-collector-1 For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
54:51
December 07, 2021
Writing Horror with Keith Cadieux (Part 2)
Keith Cadieux is a Winnipeg-based horror fiction writer. In this episode, he joins Jonathan's University of Winnipeg writing class to talk about the intricacies of horror. Find more of Cadieux's work here: https://www.keithcadieux.com/ Jonathan's latest project is The Eye Collector, available from Heavy Metal magazine: https://shop.heavymetal.com/products/the-eye-collector-1 For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
48:23
November 30, 2021
Writing Horror with Keith Cadieux (Part 1)
Keith Cadieux is a Winnipeg-based horror fiction writer. In this episode, he joins Jonathan's University of Winnipeg writing class to talk about the intricacies of horror. Fine more of Cadieux's work here: https://www.keithcadieux.com/ Jonathan's latest project is The Eye Collector, available from Heavy Metal magazine: https://shop.heavymetal.com/products/the-eye-collector-1 For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
43:60
November 23, 2021
Samurai Kaiju Horror with Jonathan Chance (published by Heavy Metal’s Virus Comics)
Jonathan welcomes fellow Virus Comics label-mate Jonathan Chance to talk about his unique blend of Samurai Kaiju Horror. Check out his new graphic novel The Boy Who Conquered a Mountain now available from Heavy Metal Magazine's Virus Comics. Jonathan Ball's latest project is The Eye Collector, also available from Heavy Metal Magazine: https://shop.heavymetal.com/products/the-eye-collector-1 For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
43:14
November 16, 2021
Self-publishing Genre Fiction with Z. F. Sigurdson
Jonathan welcomes genre writer Z.F. Sigurdson to the podcast to discuss his Veiled Sagas series and his methods of publishing them. Black as Night (Book 2 of the Veiled Sagas) is available for sale here.  For more on Sigurdson's work: https://zfsigurdson.com/ Jonathan's latest project is The Eye Collector, available from Heavy Metal magazine: https://shop.heavymetal.com/products/the-eye-collector-1 For more of Jonathan's work: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ https://www.strangerfiction.ca/
31:36
November 09, 2021
Creating THRUD via Kickstarter with Comic Artist Zach Schuster
Calgary-based comic book and board game artist Zach Schuster joins the podcast to discuss his comic THRUD, using Kickstarter to fund comics, and his best comic-writing practices. THRUD is now available through publisher Mythos & Ink: https://www.mythosink.com/books/thrud/ and you can find more of Schuster's work at https://zmschuster.com/projects. Jonathan's horror comic series The Eye Collector is available now from Heavy Metal Magazine's Virus Comics: https://shop.heavymetal.com/products/the-eye-collector-1 Connect with Jonathan: Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.ball.1441/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ Opening song is "We Got the Poison" by Electric Candles Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur
46:04
November 02, 2021
On Agent Fit with Emmy Nordstrom Higdon from Westwood Creative Artists
Over the years, Jonathan has been asked many questions about agents, and so today he welcomes Emmy Nordstrom Higdon, a literary agent with Westwood Creative Artists. They talk about what Nordstrom Higdon looks for in new clients/submissions, the current state of the publishing industry, and Nordstrom Higdon's completely rational fear of zombies.  Check out Nordstrom Higdon's manuscript wish list: https://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/emmy-nordstrom-higdon/ The Eye Collector is available now from Heavy Metal Magazine's Virus Comics: https://shop.heavymetal.com/products/the-eye-collector-1 Connect with Jonathan: Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.ball.1441/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ Opening song is "We Got the Poison" by Electric Candles Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur
01:08:02
October 26, 2021
Creating the Heavy Metal Comic The Eye Collector with GMB Chomichuk (Part 1)
Jonathan welcomes his friend and collaborator GMB Chomichuk to the podcast to discuss their new comic miniseries called The Eye Collector, published by Virus Comics, which is an imprint of Heavy Metal. Part 2 of this conversation will be posted October 21, 2021 on Chomichuk's podcast Super Pulp Science. The Eye Collector is available now from Heavy Metal's Virus Comics: https://shop.heavymetal.com/products/the-eye-collector-1 If you live in Canada you can save on shipping by purchasing it from Stranger Fiction: https://stranger-fiction.square.site/product/eyecollector1/12?cs=true&cst=custom Connect with Jonathan: Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.ball.1441/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ Opening song is "We Got the Poison" by Electric Candles Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur
42:24
October 19, 2021
Rappers as Writers: Talking to Bazooka Joe 204 (formerly John Smith from Peanuts & Corn)
Jonathan welcomes rapper Bazooka Joe 204 to talk about his writing process, the challenge of rhyming, and the history of Manitoba's hip-hop scene.  Check out Bazooka Joe 204's work at http://www.peanutsandcorn.com/ Jonathan's new comic series The Eye Collector is available now from Heavy Metal magazine's Virus Comics: https://shop.heavymetal.com/products/the-eye-collector-1 Connect with Jonathan: Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonathanballcom Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.ball.1441/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jonathanballcom/ Opening song is "We Got the Poison" by Electric Candles Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur
52:08
October 12, 2021
Kevin Mcpherson Eckhoff on Humour and Experimental Poetry
Poet, actor, and comedian kevin mcpherson eckhoff joins me to talk about writing, humour, and experimental poetry. More at www.writingthewrongway.com. More info on Jonathan’s new book at www.possiblestorms.com.
31:41
December 08, 2020
Ryan Fitzpatrick on Writing Flarf and Experimental Poetry
Ryan Fitzpatrick was kind enough to do an interview on his poem "Join the Wrinkle Resistance" and on writing flarf and experimental poetry, for the benefit of my class... and now you! More at www.writingthewrongway.com. More info on Jonathan’s new book at www.possiblestorms.com.
37:55
December 01, 2020
Derek Beaulieu on Conceptual Writing and Concrete Poetry
Concrete Poet and Conceptual Writer Derek Beaulieu joins me to talk about why you should try experimental writing. More at www.writingthewrongway.com. More info on Jonathan’s new book at www.possiblestorms.com.
48:52
November 24, 2020
95 Books in 2020 with Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick and I update each other on our 2020 reading (this was recorded in August, so it's not quite up to date) as I finish the #95books Challenge early. More info at www.95books.com
59:44
November 17, 2020
Starting a Creative Business with Lyndon Radchenka - Part 2
Writer and comics letterer Lyndon Radchecka (https://www.infinitestudio.ca) talks with host Jonathan Ball about what one must do and consider when starting a creative business. This is part 2 of a 2-part episode. More at www.writingthewrongway.com. More info on Jonathan’s new book at www.possiblestorms.com.
01:00:56
November 10, 2020
Starting a Creative Business with Lyndon Radchenka - Part 1
Writer and comics letterer Lyndon Radchecka (https://www.infinitestudio.ca) talks with host Jonathan Ball about what one must do and consider when starting a creative business. This is part 1 of a 2-part episode. More at www.writingthewrongway.com. More info on Jonathan’s new book at www.possiblestorms.com.
45:15
November 03, 2020
Dennis Cooley On Writing Poetry
Poet and professor emeritus Dennis Cooley joins me to talk about writing poetry and his three new books. More at www.writingthewrongway.com. More info on Jonathan’s new book at www.possiblestorms.com.
51:24
October 27, 2020
Working Together Making Comics with Ball, Kaul, Chomichuk and Radchenka
A long backyard hangout produces an in-depth discussion of the philosophy, business, and life of making comics and collaborating on art and writing. Featuring your host, Jonathan Ball, alongside Steven Kaul, GMB Chomichuk, and Lyndon Radchenka. More at www.writingthewrongway.com
01:26:01
October 20, 2020
Book Launch for The Lightning of Possible Storms
On September 30, I launched my book The Lightning of Possible Storms (Book*hug Press) in a virtual event hosted by McNally Robinson Booksellers and MC'd by my editor for the book, the outstanding author Stuart Ross. You can find out more about the book at www.possiblestorms.com and also listen to the audio here!
58:18
October 13, 2020
Saleema Nawaz On Her Accidental Pandemic Novel And Her Writing Roots
Author Saleema Nawaz joins Jonathan Ball to talk about SONGS FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, her accidental pandemic novel, and her roots as a student writer. More info at www.writingthewrongway.com
01:06:23
August 25, 2020
The Seven Seas Of Story
Writing professor Jonathan Ball talks about developing a story idea using the "7 Cs of Story" with specific examples as they relate to developing a feature film script idea. More at www.writingthewrongway.com
01:03:38
August 04, 2020
Ranting, Raving, And Creative Careers With Lyndon Radchenka
Lyndon Radchenka hosts me in his garage for a discussion of how to not annoy your girlfriend while living the creative life. Topics: lawyering, spreadsheets, working, procrastination, happiness, creativity, hard work, talent, and bad coolers. More at www.writingthewrongway.com
01:22:57
July 21, 2020
Lovecraft and Samurai, Kickstarter and Comics with Jordan Patrick Finn
Comics writer Jordan Patrick Finn on the Kickstarter for his upcoming graphic novel Death Kanji, the influence of Lovecraft, and his love for Kurosawa’s samurai. More info at www.writingthewrongway.com
44:26
July 07, 2020
Robert J Sawyer On Science Fiction, Alternative History, And Your Publishing Rights
Science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer talks about his latest novel, The Oppenheimer Alternative, his place in Canadian literature, and how authors should think deeply about their rights and publishing options in the digital age. More info at www.writingthewrongway.com
01:08:28
June 23, 2020
Heinlein's Rules For Writers With GMB Chomichuk
Heinlein's Rules For Writers With GMB Chomichuk by Martian Embassy Media
01:09:51
June 09, 2020
Lisa Robertson
Lisa Robertson talks about writing both poetry and prose and her new novel, THE BAUDELAIRE FRACTAL. More info at www.writingthewrongway.com
34:46
May 26, 2020
Constraint - Based Poetry With Anthony Etherin
Anthony Etherin talks about writing and publishing constraint-based poetry, including palindromes and anagrams. More info at www.writingthewrongway.com
59:10
May 12, 2020
Writing Workshops With Francine Cunningham
Francine Cunningham (www.francinecunningham.ca) joins me to talk about her book ON/ME, developing and running writing workshops, and what it takes to become and remain a writer. More at www.writingthewrongway.com
53:33
April 06, 2020
Dave Bidini Of Rheostatics On Writing Across Artforms And In Troubled Times
Dave Bidini of Rheostatics and Bidiniband, writer of numerous books, and publisher of the West End Phoenix, talks about writing song lyrics, writing nonfiction, writing about hockey, and writing in troubled times. Visit www.writingthewrongway.com for show notes and more.
31:23
March 30, 2020
Writing Through Trauma And Collage Poetry With Ian Kinney
Ian Kinney fell seven stories and survived. Kinney examines his trauma and recovery in AIR SALT, a poetry collection that blends collage and memoir and experimental methods in an attempt to rewrite trauma. Visit www.writingthewrongway.com for more information.
46:09
March 23, 2020
Writing And Publishing With MC Joudrey Of At Bay Press Part 2
M. C. Joudrey, author of FANONYMOUS and publisher of At Bay Press, joins me to discuss writing, publishing, being part of a literary community, and paying your dues. Part 2 of a two-part interview. First part and notes available at www.jonathanball.com/atbay and www.writingthewrongway.com
54:10
March 16, 2020
Writing And Publishing With MC Joudrey Of At Bay Press Part 1
M. C. Joudrey, author of FANONYMOUS and publisher of At Bay Press, joins me to discuss writing, publishing, being part of a literary community, and paying your dues. Part 1 of a two-part interview. Show notes available at www.jonathanball.com/atbay and www.writingthewrongway.com
43:37
March 09, 2020
Reading #95books in 2019 with Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick, co-creator of the www.95books.com reading challenge, joins me to discuss our 2019 reading.
50:18
March 02, 2020
Tracking Your Writing Progress with Jamie Raintree
Jamie Raintree (https://jamieraintree.com) joins host Jonathan Ball (www.jonathanball.com) to talk about tracking progress, why spreadsheets free you to be more creative, and how to have a sustainable career as a writer. Visit www.writingthewrongway.com for more and get a free book at jonathanball.com/freebook
42:08
February 24, 2020
Visual Storytelling with Justin Currie aka Chasing Artwork
Justin Currie aka Chasing Artwork (www.chasingartwork.com) joins host Jonathan Ball (www.jonathanball.com) to talk visual storytelling, career paths for art, business models for creators, and cool robots. Visit www.writingthewrongway.com for more and get a free book at jonathanball.com/freebook
53:24
February 13, 2020
Parenting And Productive Writing With Nathan Dueck - Part 2
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57:37
December 23, 2019
Parenting And Productive Writing With Nathan Dueck - Part 1
Parenting And Productive Writing With Nathan Dueck - Part 1. More information at www.writingthewrongway.com
52:32
December 17, 2019
Your Book Cover with Writer and Illustrator GMB Chomichuk
Writer and Illustrator GMB Chomichuk talks about what goes into a good book cover, what writers should expect and consider when working with a publisher or hiring an artist on their own, and red flags to look out for when viewing your cover for the first time. More at www.writingthewrongway.com
49:49
December 09, 2019
Lyndon Radchenka on Writing, Lettering, and Creating Indie Comics
Lyndon Radchenka talks writing, lettering, and creating independent comics, as author and publisher of RADKAUL. More info at www.writingthewrongway.com
01:11:02
December 02, 2019
Joining A Literary Community With Ryan Fitzpatrick
More info at https://www.jonathanball.com/podcast/
46:41
November 25, 2019
Being Influenced By Other Writers With Poetry Punk Cam Scott
More info at https://www.jonathanball.com/podcast/
01:02:03
November 18, 2019
Robin Richardson Of Citadel On The Alternative MFA Program
More info at https://www.jonathanball.com/podcast/
40:27
November 11, 2019
Launching The National Gallery With Gary Barwin
More info at https://www.jonathanball.com/podcast/
01:11:35
November 04, 2019
Gail Scott On The Rerelease Of Heroine And Playing With Perspective In The Novel
More info at https://www.jonathanball.com/podcast/
43:55
October 28, 2019
Thriller Author Andrew Pyper On Writing Outlines
More info at https://www.jonathanball.com/podcast/
51:49
October 22, 2019
Writing in a Haunted House with David Demchuk, Jess Landry, J.H. Moncrieff, and Adam Petrash
Writers David Demchuk, Jess Landry, J.H. Moncrieff, and Adam Petrash enter a Haunted House for the purposes of death. And writing. Find out more at www.thinairwinnipeg.ca (Thin Air Winnipeg International Writers Festival) or www.writingthewrongway.com!
36:17
September 23, 2019
Recent Reading And Playing Of Zelda With Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick and I talk about the #95books challenge, where we are at with our reading, how Skype sucks, and the storyline in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is my current obsession.
42:17
September 16, 2019
4 Principles For A Writer's Office
How should a writer set up office space? Four principles to keep in mind as you try to determine where to work and how best to work while you pursue your creativity. More at www.writingthewrongway.com
54:34
September 09, 2019
Grants Funding For Writers With Martine Friesen Of The Manitoba Arts Council
What should writers (especially Canadian writers) know about grants funding for artists? Martine Friesen of the Manitoba Arts Council talks about the purpose, process, and passion of arts funding and how writers can better access money to support their work. More information and a FREE SAMPLE GRANT proposal and career narrative description available at www.jonathanball.com/grants
01:00:36
September 02, 2019
Comics, Fiction, Film and Storytelling in the New World with Nick Burns
Veteran author and artist Nick Burns (http://nburnsart.com) on writing comics, fiction, and film in a world where audiences are more fragmented than ever, and some of the challenges that new writers face. More at www.writingthewrongway.com
35:44
August 26, 2019
Finishing Your Short Fiction Collection With Keith Cadieux
How do you finish your short story collection? Keith Cadieux and Jonathan Ball talk about their forthcoming short story collections and the process of getting the manuscripts prepared and then getting them published.
49:34
August 19, 2019
On Thomas Ligotti And Horror Fiction With Keith Cadieux
Keith Cadieux joins me to discuss our shared obsession, horror author Thomas Ligotti. Show notes and links at www.writingthewrongway.com/ligotti
50:48
August 12, 2019
Editing For Structure - A Radical Process Part 2
Can you self-edit? Do you worry you don't know when to stop editing? Do you struggle with gaining objectivity about your writing? Jonathan Ball walks through a four-stage process for editing, focusing on what writers most neglect, which is the core, fundamental structure of your story. www.writingthewrongway.com
37:24
August 05, 2019
Editing For Structure - A Radical Process Part 1
Can you self-edit? Do you worry you don't know when to stop editing? Do you struggle with gaining objectivity about your writing? Jonathan Ball walks through a four-stage process for editing, focusing on what writers most neglect, which is the core, fundamental structure of your story. www.writingthewrongway.com
51:07
July 28, 2019
This Podcast Is Otherwise Provided To You As-Is
THIS PODCAST IS OTHERWISE PROVIDED TO YOU AS-IS. Mystery topic!!!!! Well, it's all about www.jonathanball.com/thisbook so not super mysterious. But definitely weird and strange! All about conceptual poetry, machine poetry, odd experimental projects, and the lifecycle of a book.
01:02:35
July 22, 2019
Editing And Writing Questions And Answers With Darren Ridgley Part 2
Writer and editor Darren Ridgley, co-creator of the anthology PARALLEL PRAIRIES: STORIES OF MANITOBA SPECULATIVE FICTION, answers University of Winnipeg student questions about writing, editing, and creative careers. Part 2. More at: www.writingthewrongway.com
42:27
July 15, 2019
Editing And Writing Questions And Answers With Darren Ridgley Part 1
Writer and editor Darren Ridgley, co-creator of the anthology PARALLEL PRAIRIES: STORIES OF MANITOBA SPECULATIVE FICTION, answers University of Winnipeg student questions about writing, editing, and creative careers. Part 1. More at: www.writingthewrongway.com
54:58
July 08, 2019
Advice From The Ghost Ship
Comics author & artist GMB Chomichuk and my daughter Jessie Taylor join me aboard a Ghost Ship to get advice from beyond the grave. More podcast at www.writingthewrongway.com More about my new book at www.thenationalgallery.ca
01:16:04
June 25, 2019
Complex Comics, Graphic Novels, And Serial Stories With Scott A. Ford
Talking comics, videogame influences, graphic novels, writing, planning a plot, settings, serial fiction, and more with artist Scott A. Ford, author of ARK LAND, GIANTS' WELL and other stories. Show notes at www.writingthewrongway.com/scott
01:06:11
June 09, 2019
Literary Horror And Dangerous Books With Gregoire Courtois, Author Of The Laws Of The Skies
French author Grégoire Courtois is just starting to be translated into English, and here is his first-ever interview in English about THE LAWS OF THE SKIES, a brilliant literary horror novel. Show notes and a review of the novel at www.writingthewrongway.com/skies
50:45
June 03, 2019
Chips and Whiskey, Questions and Answers
Answering the important questions, like what are the best potato chips? www.writingthewrongway.com
55:24
May 27, 2019
Recent Reading For The #95Books Challenge With Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick and I discuss our #95books reading, and spend a lot of time with Nikki Reimer’s MY HEART IS A ROSE MANHATTAN. We also talk about the following books: • Kayla Czaga’s DUNK TANK • Saidiya Hartman’s WAYWARD LIVES, BEAUTIFUL EXPERIMENTS: INTIMATE HISTORIES OF SOCIAL UPHEAVAL • Jean Baudrillard, FATAL STRATEGIES • Sigmund Freud, BEYOND THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE • Jeannette Armstrong, SLASH • Ian Williams’s PERSONALS • Emily Carroll’s THROUGH THE WOODS • Emily Carroll’s WHEN I ARRIVED AT THE CASTLE • Grégoire Courtois’s THE LAWS OF THE SKIES • Natalee Caple's LOVE IN THE CHTHULUCENE (CTHULHUCENE) • Nikki Reimer's DOWNVERSE • Nikki Reimer’s MY HEART IS A ROSE MANHATTAN Next time, Ryan and I will read discuss the Ian Williams novel REPRODUCTION. Get the book and read along with us! Show notes available at www.writingthewrongway.com
57:05
May 21, 2019
What Can Writers Learn from Leatherface?
What can writers learn from Leatherface, killer (hero?) of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE? A talk on writing, horror, and the ethics (and evils) of art. Full text and free sonnets about Leatherface at www.jonathanball.com/leatherface
29:02
April 27, 2019
Creating Webcomics with Fantasy Writer S. M. Beiko (author of Krampus Is My Boyfriend)
I have been a fan of S. M. Beiko’s webcomic Krampus Is My Boyfriend since page one, and generally impressed with Beiko since I started paying attention to her work. As she finished work on the first 48-page print collection of the online story, I interviewed Beiko about how to get your start in webcomics, and comics overall, and how to plan out a lengthy story that unfolds serially in instalments. Show notes at www.jonathanball.com/33
01:04:45
April 15, 2019
Be More Productive And Less Anxious With The Focus Form
Having a hard time keeping focused while pursuing your creative work? Try the Focus Form, a simple tool for writers or artists or entrepreneurs designed using principles of cognitive-behaviour therapies and mindfulness meditation. Show notes are available at www.jonathanball.com/focusform
42:42
April 08, 2019
Pontypool Author Tony Burgess On Writing Horror Part 2
Part 2 of my interview with Tony Burgess, author of the zombie horror film PONTYPOOL and the novel it is based on, PONTYPOOL CHANGES EVERYTHING, and many other books and movies. We talk about writing, horror and many other topics. Show notes available at www.jonathanball.com/31 and www.writingthewrongway.com
01:00:53
April 01, 2019
Pontypool Author Tony Burgess On Writing Horror Part 1
Part 1 of my interview with Tony Burgess, author of the zombie horror film PONTYPOOL and the novel it is based on, PONTYPOOL CHANGES EVERYTHING, and many other books and movies. We talk about writing, horror and many other topics. Show notes available at www.jonathanball.com/30 and www.writingthewrongway.com
41:17
March 25, 2019
Mitchell Levy on How to Build a Business Using Books
Mitchell Levy (www.mitchelllevy360.com) joins host Jonathan Ball (www.jonathanball.com) to discuss how books can serve as a foundation for business, ghostwriting, and more. Show notes at www.jonathanball.com/29 and www.writingthewrongway.com — for information on Jonathan's newest book go to www.jonathanball.com/newbook
45:33
March 18, 2019
Refuse CanLit! #95books Reading Update with Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick, co-creator of the #95books challenge, joins me to talk about our 2019 reading so far, our favourite books and the essay collection REFUSE: CANLIT IN RUINS. Show notes available at www.jonathanball.com/28 and more on the #95books reading challenge at www.95books.com
49:23
March 12, 2019
Having Too Many Ideas
How do you choose which projects to work on, discover which ideas will help you grow as an author, and otherwise manage having too many ideas? Visit www.jonathanball.com/27 for the article version of this podcast and other show notes.
45:39
March 05, 2019
Reframing Rejection
How can writers best deal with rejection? I analyze an old rejection letter from WEIRD TALES in order to help reframe what rejection means and suggest some methods of dealing with the anxiety that rejection can cause.
29:48
February 18, 2019
Short Fiction - As We All Should Lie
A short story, "As We All Should Lie." SF/Fantasy. PDF download version at www.jonathanball.com/25
11:56
February 12, 2019
Top 11 Best Screenwriting Books
My recommendations for Top 11 Best Screenwriting Books, in the order that you should read them. More screenwriting resources available at www.jonathanball.com/bestscreenwritingbooks
56:39
February 01, 2019
Why Fear Experimental Art?
What is experimental art, why should you fear it, and why create it? I discuss the nature of experimental, innovative, radical, avant-garde art and what I think artists as wide-ranging as Dan Brown to the Weeknd to Anne Carson have in common. www.jonathanball.com/23
33:56
January 20, 2019
Taking Notes - Revisions, Feedback, and Editing
Michael Sanders, GMB Chomichuk, and Jesse Hamel give notes on the script for my short film MASK. Read the script and more insights on this revision roundtable at www.jonathanball.com/22
01:04:04
January 15, 2019
Your Manuscript Format Reveals Your Mindset
A discussion of how a writer's essential mindset is expressed in concrete details like manuscript format, with some notes on proper format and how to professionalize. Show notes at www.jonathanball.com/21
39:54
January 08, 2019
You Can Read #95books This Year - 2018 Reading Roundup With Ryan Fitzpatrick
The #95books reading challenge is simple: commit to reading 95 books over 12 months. At www.95books.com, I offer a free ebook called You Can Read #95books This Year that you can download through this link, which offers my best tips to help you read more. Ryan Fitzpatrick and I discuss our 2018 reading, some of the standout books we came across, and how you can read #95books in 2019.
01:07:44
January 01, 2019
Be Generous To Be A Better Writer
Christmas Day has come, and my gift to you, as it is every Tuesday, is a new episode of the podcast. This week (in keeping with the holiday), I want to talk about generosity. I believe writers should be generous. At its heart, to me, writing entails both creating and sharing your creations. Show notes at http://www.jonathanball.com/19
59:15
December 25, 2018
5 Startling Productivity Secrets for Serious Scribes
If you want to create great art, you have to sit down at your desk and push all thoughts of that goal from your mind. Instead of the hoped-for product of your work, you need to focus on the work itself: on your process. Over the years, I have struggled to carve and keep the space for writing in my life, when massive workloads during my PhD studies and the post-PhD work-world threatened to destroy me. Now, as I struggle to take care of two young children (aged four and two), while working both as a teacher and a writer, I have had to further develop and refine my systems. This week’s podcast focuses on the sometimes surprising things I have learned about being a productive writer over the years. I share my Top 5 Tips: 1. Pick One Priority 2. Don’t Multitask, Doubletask 3. Batch Your Baking 4. Just Quit 5. Start Right Now Show notes available at www.jonathanball.com/18
01:07:47
December 18, 2018
Angie Abdou on Research For Fiction - 017
Angie Abdou discusses doing research for writing fiction. More info at http://www.writingthewrongway.com
43:56
December 11, 2018
Making Comics with GMB Chomichuk part 2 - 016
GMB Chomichuk talks making comics, his graphic novel trilogy MIDNIGHT CITY, how to have a creative career, and his newest project: a graphic novel for the Japanese band BABYMETAL. This is part 2 of a 2-part episode. Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD is the perfect podcast for serious writers who want to stand out in a crowded industry by becoming more productive while taking more artistic risks. Jonathan Ball, an author with a PhD in literature, interviews writers, screenwriters, musicians, filmmakers, and other artist entrepreneurs, going deep on various topics related to writing, editing, screenwriting for film and television, comics and graphic novels, games and multimedia writing, humour, horror, and any other topic you can imagine. Episodes range from interviews and panel discussions to solo shows where Jonathan breaks down complex concepts into practical approaches through close analysis or answers a variety of questions. http://www.WritingTheWrongWay.com Please share, rate, and subscribe to this podcast!
01:13:34
December 04, 2018
Making Comics with GMB Chomichuk part 1 - 015
GMB Chomichuk talks making comics, his graphic novel trilogy MIDNIGHT CITY, how to have a creative career, and his newest project: a graphic novel for the Japanese band BABYMETAL. This is part 1 of a 2-part episode. Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD is the perfect podcast for serious writers who want to stand out in a crowded industry by becoming more productive while taking more artistic risks. Jonathan Ball, an author with a PhD in literature, interviews writers, screenwriters, musicians, filmmakers, and other artist entrepreneurs, going deep on various topics related to writing, editing, screenwriting for film and television, comics and graphic novels, games and multimedia writing, humour, horror, and any other topic you can imagine. Episodes range from interviews and panel discussions to solo shows where Jonathan breaks down complex concepts into practical approaches through close analysis or answers a variety of questions. http://www.WritingTheWrongWay.com Please share, rate, and subscribe to this podcast!
01:01:12
November 27, 2018
Eden Robinson On Crafting The Trickster Trilogy - 014
Eden Robinson discusses the crafting of her Trickster Trilogy, after the release of its second book, and teases some of the aspects of the unpublished third and final volume. Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD is the perfect podcast for serious writers who want to stand out in a crowded industry by becoming more productive while taking more artistic risks. Jonathan Ball, an author with a PhD in literature, interviews writers, screenwriters, musicians, filmmakers, and other artist entrepreneurs, going deep on various topics related to writing, editing, screenwriting for film and television, comics and graphic novels, games and multimedia writing, humour, horror, and any other topic you can imagine. Episodes range from interviews and panel discussions to solo shows where Jonathan breaks down complex concepts into practical approaches through close analysis or answers a variety of questions. http://www.WritingTheWrongWay.com Please share, rate, and subscribe to this podcast!
01:06:48
November 20, 2018
Hot Sauce + Editing an Anthology Part 2 with Adam Petrash, Darren Ridgley, and Keith Cadieux - 013
Eating hot sauces and answering spicy questions about editing an anthology. Adam Petrash & Darren Ridgley, co-editors of PARALLEL PRAIRIES, join Keith Cadieux, co-editor of THE SHADOW OVER PORTAGE AND MAIN, and host Jonathan Ball for an ill-advised discussion. More information at http://www.jonathanball.com/13
57:54
November 13, 2018
Hot Sauce + Editing an Anthology Part 1 with Adam Petrash, Darren Ridgley, and Keith Cadieux - 012
Why not eat crazy hot sauce while talking about the complexities of editing an anthology? Listen and find out why. This is a two-part episode. Featuring Adam Petrash & Darren Ridgley, co-editors of PARALLEL PRAIRIES, and Keith Cadieux, co-editor of THE SHADOW OVER PORTAGE AND MAIN. Visit http://www.writingthewrongway.com/12 for show notes and more information.
50:20
November 06, 2018
David Annandale on Writing Tie-In Fiction - 011
David Annandale, author of a million WARHAMMER 40,000 novels, discusses writing tie-in fiction. Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD is the perfect podcast for serious writers who want to stand out in a crowded industry by becoming more productive while taking more artistic risks. Jonathan Ball, an author with a PhD in literature, interviews writers, screenwriters, musicians, filmmakers, and other artist entrepreneurs, going deep on various topics related to writing, editing, screenwriting for film and television, comics and graphic novels, games and multimedia writing, humour, horror, and any other topic you can imagine. Episodes range from interviews and panel discussions to solo shows where Jonathan breaks down complex concepts into practical approaches through close analysis or answers a variety of questions.
01:06:18
October 30, 2018
My Daughter Jessie Taylor On Writing Confidence — 010
My daughter, Jessie Taylor, and I talk about what to consider when you think about taking your writing more seriously, and how to do so. Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD is the perfect podcast for serious writers who want to stand out in a crowded industry by becoming more productive while taking more artistic risks. Jonathan Ball, an author with a PhD in literature, interviews writers, screenwriters, musicians, filmmakers, and other artist entrepreneurs, going deep on various topics related to writing, editing, screenwriting for film and television, comics and graphic novels, games and multimedia writing, humour, horror, and any other topic you can imagine. Episodes range from interviews and panel discussions to solo shows where Jonathan breaks down complex concepts into practical approaches through close analysis or answers a variety of questions.
01:10:10
October 23, 2018
Ryan Fitzpatrick on Editing a Poetry Book - 009
Ryan Fitzpatrick and I discuss editing a poetry book. I served as Ryan's editor for his book FORTIFIED CASTLES and we go through the editing process for poetry in a goodly amount of detail. Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD is the perfect podcast for serious writers who want to stand out in a crowded industry by becoming more productive while taking more artistic risks. Jonathan Ball, an author with a PhD in literature, interviews writers, screenwriters, musicians, filmmakers, and other artist entrepreneurs, going deep on various topics related to writing, editing, screenwriting for film and television, comics and graphic novels, games and multimedia writing, humour, horror, and any other topic you can imagine. Episodes range from interviews and panel discussions to solo shows where Jonathan breaks down complex concepts into practical approaches through close analysis or answers a variety of questions.
57:16
October 16, 2018
Writing in a Haunted House — 008
Jonathan Ball is joined by Lauren Carter, Kevin Marc Fournier, and Joanna Graham to spend a night in the haunted Dalnavert House as a writing retreat, and discuss dark fiction and developing ideas. Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD is the perfect podcast for serious writers who want to stand out in a crowded industry by becoming more productive while taking more artistic risks. Jonathan Ball, an author with a PhD in literature, interviews writers, screenwriters, musicians, filmmakers, and other artist entrepreneurs, going deep on various topics related to writing, editing, screenwriting for film and television, comics and graphic novels, games and multimedia writing, humour, horror, and any other topic you can imagine. Episodes range from interviews and panel discussions to solo shows where Jonathan breaks down complex concepts into practical approaches through close analysis or answers a variety of questions.
55:24
October 09, 2018
Natalee Caple on Writing Titles - 007
Natalee Caple, novelist, poet, and professor, discusses writing titles. Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD is the perfect podcast for serious writers who want to stand out in a crowded industry by becoming more productive while taking more artistic risks. Jonathan Ball, an author with a PhD in literature, interviews writers, screenwriters, musicians, filmmakers, and other artist entrepreneurs, going deep on various topics related to writing, editing, screenwriting for film and television, comics and graphic novels, games and multimedia writing, humour, horror, and any other topic you can imagine. Episodes range from interviews and panel discussions to solo shows where Jonathan breaks down complex concepts into practical approaches through close analysis or answers a variety of questions.
57:47
October 02, 2018
Failed Projects – 006
Before I published my first book, EX MACHINA, I wrote 7 books and 8 feature-length screenplays that were never published or produced. This week, I walk through all of these failed projects one by one in order to show how much work a writer often has to go through before having what the world sees as the first success and explain some of the things I learned and what kept me going. Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD is the perfect podcast for serious writers who want to stand out in a crowded industry by becoming more productive while taking more artistic risks. Jonathan Ball, an author with a PhD in literature, interviews writers, screenwriters, musicians, filmmakers, and other artist entrepreneurs, going deep on various topics related to writing, editing, screenwriting for film and television, comics and graphic novels, games and multimedia writing, humour, horror, and any other topic you can imagine. Episodes range from interviews and panel discussions to solo shows where Jonathan breaks down complex concepts into practical approaches through close analysis or answers a variety of questions.
58:54
September 25, 2018
Daniel Scott Tysdal on Writing Exercises - 005
Daniel Scott Tysdal on Writing Exercises - 005 by Martian Embassy Media
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September 18, 2018
Reading for Writers - 004
How should a writer read? I talk about my own process, and suggest a three-part structured approach for reading: thinking about your SELECTION, reading with INTENTION and ATTENTION, and having a process of REFLECTION. Show notes at www.jonathanball.com/4
01:10:23
September 11, 2018
Keith Cadieux on Horror, Weird Fiction, and Publishing, Part 2 - 003
Keith Cadieux, author of GAZE and co-editor of THE SHADOW OVER PORTAGE AND MAIN, visits Jonathan Ball's university creative writing class and answers a variety of questions from students about writing, editing, horror, weird fiction, and publishing.
56:24
August 28, 2018
Keith Cadieux On Horror, Weird Fiction, And Publishing, Part 1 - 002
Keith Cadieux, author of GAZE and co-editor of THE SHADOW OVER PORTAGE AND MAIN, visits Jonathan Ball's university creative writing class and answers a variety of questions from students about writing, editing, horror, weird fiction, and publishing.
56:02
August 28, 2018
Foundations for Creative Practice - 001
In the first episode of the Writing the Wrong Way podcast, host Jonathan Ball discusses the foundations for creative practice, the core of what a serious writer needs to consider to become a working professional. Show notes available at https://www.jonathanball.com/1 Jonathan Ball, an author with a PhD in literature, interviews writers, screenwriters, musicians, filmmakers, and other artist entrepreneurs, going deep on various topics related to writing, editing, screenwriting for film and television, comics and graphic novels, games and multimedia writing, humour, horror, and any other topic you can imagine. Episodes range from interviews and panel discussions to solo shows where Jonathan breaks down complex concepts into practical approaches through close analysis. The perfect podcast for serious writers who want to stand out in a crowded industry by becoming more productive while taking more artistic risks.
01:20:58
August 27, 2018