What Makes a Hero : Matthew Winkler

Posted by Danielle Cox on 2/17/2016 to Writers Workshop
What Makes a Hero : Matthew Winkler

Even if you are well versed in plot, theme, archetypes, and story it never hurts to go back to the basics and take a thousand foot view of your current project. Sometimes I can get so caught up in the overwhelming amount of detail that goes into creating a story that what helps me the most is looking back at the tried and true Heroes Journey. This is also a great video if you are an educator and beginning to teach your students the basics of story, and the three act structure. Obviously, The Heroes Journey is not the end all be all, and there are ways to manipulate it. But this post is all about the basics. Below the video I have a nice little template list that saves you the time of having to type it out as you watch. Enjoy, and don’t forget to leave a comment below!



1. The Call To Adventure

2. Assistance

3. Departure

4. Trials

5. Approach

6. Crisis

7. Treasure (reward)

8. Result

9. Return

10. New Life

11. Resolution


Lesson by Matthew Winkler, animation by Kirill Yeretsky.

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-makes-...

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