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Matthew P.


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designed by Kirill Yeretsy


TED video - 6 million views!

A workshop at your school!

The Hero's Journey in Real Life

Do You Enter the Forest Alone?



Matthew P. Winkler has taught and mentored teenagers at middle schools, high schools, and colleges in New York, New England, China, and Japan. His TED-Ed video "What Makes a Hero?" snowballed into his first book Mentoring Teenage Heroes: The Hero's Journey of Adolescence. He currently leads workshops and gives presentations to students and adults all over the world. His work in the public and private sectors led to his podcast and forthcoming book The Cave You Fear.  


March 6, 2020

Workshop at Grand River Prep, Michigan

March 5, 2020

Workshop at Mott Middle College, Michigan

March 4, 2020

Workshop at Pierce Middle School, Michigan

October 28-29, 2020

MC of The Hero Round Table conference in Hartland, Michigan

April 12, 2019

Workshop at California State University, Bakersfield


March 2-3, 2019

Speaker at The Hero Round Table conference in Yarram, Australia 

June 7, 2018

Story Structure Brainstorm at Haldane Middle School, New York

May 30, 2018

Keynote for Comunidad Sefaradi in Mexico City


May 17, 2018
Workshop for cadets in the LAPD Police Orientation and Preparation Program 

April 21-22, 2018
Keynote and workshop at the Hero Round Table conference (San Francisco) 


January 10, 2018

Assembly for students at South Kent School, Connecticut

November 15-16, 2017
Presentations at The Greenwich Country Day School, Connecticut

August 29, 2017
Professional Development presentation and workshop for teachers at Archie R. Cole Middle School, Rhode Island

July 12 & 19, 2017
Workshops at the Connecticut Writing Project's Summer Writing LABS for students at Fairfield University

July 11, 2017
Prison Library Reading Series workshop at Garner Correctional Institution, Connecticut

May 17, 2017
Presentation at the Pomfret Community School, Connecticut

May 9, 2017
Presentation at Bracken Memorial Library at Woodstock Academy, Connecticut

April 25, 2017
Co-host of TEDEdChat with @DesignSaunders


April 21, 2017
TEDx Pomfret, Connecticut

March 29, 2017
Workshop at Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Connecticut


"By reflecting adolescent psychology through the mirror of storytelling, this book reveals the inner lives of teenagers."   

    • -Erin Olivo, Ph.D., MPH, Columbia University, author of ​Wise Mind Living: Master Your Emotions, Transform Your Life​


Mentoring Teenage Heroes

The prestigious TED organization selected Matthew Winkler’s lesson for their educational library, TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing. The author’s narration is complemented by the award-winning animation of Kirill Yeretsky.

Mentoring Teenage Heroes is written for parents, teachers, coaches (and other ex-adolescents) who now guide today’s teenagers along the heroic journey from childhood to adulthood — a rite of passage as old as the ancient myths that metaphorically describe it. Those myths echo through contemporary books and movies and the real-world experience of growing up. For most adults, daily life is a routine grind. For teenagers, it’s an epic struggle for identity.

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