Brian Canever
Writer of true and imagined stories

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Sep
10
Dispatches To My Children

Dispatches To My Children

If I die today, what will my young children have to know how much I loved them? A young father's death moved me to write them these letters.
4 min read
Sep
05
What I Learned While Trout Fishing in Arkansas

What I Learned While Trout Fishing in Arkansas

Reflecting on my five days on the Spring River, I realize why I didn't write this story earlier: the fishing was only part of the joy of the trip.
9 min read
Aug
18
A People-First Approach to Storytelling: My First PechaKucha

A People-First Approach to Storytelling: My First PechaKucha

Watch or read my recent presentation on storytelling and the hero's journey for the PechaKucha portion of UT's annual communications conference.
8 min read
Aug
15
On Flat Tires

On Flat Tires

What happens when even small things go wrong unexpectedly, and how I'm teaching myself to respond.
5 min read
Aug
10
A Thousand Minutes

A Thousand Minutes

A poem I wrote for my wife about the days leading up to our first date.
1 min read
Aug
05
How I Write: Deeply Rooted

How I Write: Deeply Rooted

What do you do with the parts of a story that don't fit? A lesson on preserving structure and killing darlings from my profile of filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon.
10 min read
Jul
30
36 Hours of Soccer in Orlando

36 Hours of Soccer in Orlando

A meandering reflection of my third wedding anniversary spent at stadiums with the only woman to ever fully accept my obsession with the beautiful game.
8 min read
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