Brian Canever
Writer of true and imagined stories

Latest

Jul
19
An Olympic Hero's Journey: Matthias Steiner

An Olympic Hero's Journey: Matthias Steiner

When tragedy strikes, do you give up on the journey? Or do you move forward with a new fire inside of you? Austrian-German weightlifter Matthias Steiner's response will put tears in your eyes.
8 min read
Jul
12
The Redemption Song of Lionel Messi

The Redemption Song of Lionel Messi

The world's greatest soccer player and the power of memories.
5 min read
Jul
03
Not So Different After All

Not So Different After All

It's easy to think we're fundamentally different from our families. Listen to their stories, and you may find out you aren't that different at all.
6 min read
Jun
30
A Hero's Journey Case Studies

A Hero's Journey Case Studies

Why do stories compel us? One reason is the journey. In this series, I'll look at famous examples, starting with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
7 min read
Jun
23
How I Write: The Women of the Body Farm

How I Write: The Women of the Body Farm

A breakdown of how I resurfaced an old idea, took advantage of a moment, and built an award-winning story.
7 min read
Jun
09
The Wonder of Ordinary

The Wonder of Ordinary

We say, "One person's trash is another person's treasure." I'm learning that ordinary stories are often the most powerful. You just have to pay attention.
3 min read
Jun
08
When Did We Lose Our Imaginations?

When Did We Lose Our Imaginations?

As the road to my dreams became more choked with obstacles, I abandoned it. I am fighting now to get my imagination back.
3 min read
Jun
02
How I Write: Into the Light

How I Write: Into the Light

A breakdown of how I wrote my award-winning story on a college swimmer who battled mental illness to win an NCAA championship.
6 min read
Jun
01
Revisiting My Knoxville Soccer Culture Story

Revisiting My Knoxville Soccer Culture Story

A look back at my story on soccer culture in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2015.
2 min read
May
21
My New Observational Storytelling Project

My New Observational Storytelling Project

They say a picture's worth a thousands words. I'll take the words.
1 min read