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© 2016 by Matthew P. Winkler

© TED Conferences LLC,

designed by Kirill Yeretsy


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A workshop at your school!

The Hero's Journey in Real Life

Do You Enter the Forest Alone?




October 28-29, 2019

Master of Ceremonies of The Hero Round Table conference in Hartland, Michigan

April 12, 2019

HIP train-the-trainer workshop at California State University, Bakersfield

March 2-3, 2019

Keynote and workshop at the Hero Round Table conference (Australia)

October 22-23, 2018

Keynote at the Hero Round Table conference (Michigan)

June 7, 2018

Pizza and story-structure brainstorm with students at Haldane Middle School (Cold Spring, NY)

May 30, 2018

Keynote for Comunidad Sefaradi in Mexico City (Mexico) 

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 (South Kent, CT)

November 15-16, 2017

Presentations at The Greenwich Country Day School (Greenwich, CT) 

October 2, 2017

Reading at the UConn Bookstore as part of the ROAR Reading Series (Storrs, CT)

August 29, 2017

Professional Development presentation and workshop for teachers at Archie R. Cole Middle School (East Greenwich, RI)

July 12 & 19, 2017

Workshops at the Connecticut Writing Project's Summer Writing LABS for students.

July 11, 2017

Prison Library Reading Series workshop at Garner Correctional Institution

May 17, 2017

Presentation at the Pomfret Community School (Pomfret, CT)

May 9, 2017

Presentation at Bracken Memorial Library at Woodstock Academy. (Woodstock, CT)

April 25, 2017

Co-host of TEDEdChat with @DesignSaunders at 6:00 PM EST

April 21, 2017

TEDx Pomfret (Pomfret, CT)


Westport Writers' Workshop Author Reading and Celebration (Westport, CT)

March 29, 2017

Personal narrative writing workshop: "Your Hero's Journey" at Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.

February 8-11, 2017

Reading and book signing at the AWP Conference in Washington DC

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



April 13, 2019

 An energetic HIP workshop at California State University, Bakersfield! We talked about Bystander Effect, and how to overcome it! 

January 10, 2019

It was great chatting with Matt Langdon, organizer of the Hero Round Table and host of the Round the Table podcast. Check out our conversation on Patreon or on YouTube

November 6, 2018

Problem: You want to stand up, step in, and help out, but there is so much pressure to keep your head down, “stay in your lane,” and turn away.

Solution: HRT surrounds you with others who feel this way, then shines a light on this inner conflict, and offers ways to ‘hero up’ and do the right thing, with the year-round HRT community right behind you. Join us at

Many thanks to HSP Imaging for these photo...

July 4, 2018

The Hero Round Table invited me to speak at their 2018 conference, and this is the recording. What a great conference! In this video, I mention several speakers from the day before, including Anthony BlackOwl. All the 2018 conference videos can be seen on the HRT YouTube channel. 

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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.