How The Novel Starts (YouTube channel)
What’s the best way to start a story? What makes readers, agents, and publishers take a chance on our book? What holds their attention? Why do they turn the page? Lots of articles and videos out there give advice on how to write a first chapter, but I wanted more than generic advice. I wanted to follow the example of great writers. I’m hoping to learn from them, then apply those lessons to my own work. So, in videos essays on my channel, How The Novel Starts, I explore the many ways successful writers write their first chapters.
The Faith Project
The Faith Project is an interactive documentary that explores how the identities of seven young Canadians are shaped by the rituals they practice. This is intimate, personal storytelling about lives of faith that goes beyond the dogma and the headline controversies, exploring moments of beauty, wonder and tension at the heart of modern spiritual life. Download the free iPad app now from the App Store, or stream it on the web. And be sure to check out our comprehensive educator resources.
Speaking of Faith
Speaking of Faith (now On Being) is public radio’s weekly conversation about religion, meaning, ethics and ideas, broadcast on over 200 NPR affiliate stations across the US. In 2007, we won a Peabody Award and a Webby Award. Some of our work:
The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi — A Peabody Award–winning profile of the exuberant 13th-Century Muslim mystic who is also the bestselling poet in America today. (53 min)
Mathematics, Purpose and Truth — A theoretical physicist turned novelist explores the nature of reality through the lives of two enigmatic 20th-Century mathematicians. (52 min)
The Ethics of Aid — A provocative Kenyan writer critiques the prevalent notions of charity and aid that lie at the heart of Western-based development programs. (52 min)
At the Corner of Crescent and Sainte-Catherine — Profile on the Muslim community of Montreal and the challenges it faced during an ongoing public debate on the limits of pluralistic society. Cover story of the Nov/Dec 2007 issue of Islamic Horizons, the official publication of the Islamic Society of North America.