About The Hero Place

The Hero Place — a virtual community/campus for everything to do with the Hero’s Journey and making heroic lives — has been years in the making.

The seeds of the idea were sowing long ago when John Jarvis and Irwin Berent first designed a software program for writing fiction based on the Hero’s Journey paradigm.

Years later, the ideas have morphed into a grand home of wisdom and tools for “all things hero, heroic, and Hero’s Journey” — The Hero Place — where you can not only create stories online using the StoryCraft at the Hero Place  software/app but also take in an entire holistic experience of life improvement and wisdom at the same time.  The ideas behind the hero’s journey have grown in usefulness, and the concepts behind the hero’s journey have been adapted to purposes far beyond its original inspiration and purpose of simply creating a fictional story and have entered the realms of education, medicine, therapy, wellness, success, creativity, history, economics, interpersonal relationships, and personal development in myriads of ways.

The value of understanding how we are all part of multiple and cyclical hero’s journeys is more important than ever before. And with recent events ranging from terrorism to natural disaster to social instability and unrest — not to mention COVID-19 — interest in, and appreciation for, our heroes, past and present has also never been greater.


While all can use the StoryCraft at the Hero Place  online to write any kind of fictional stories, Mr. Berent also designed The Hero Place as a place for all who hunger to understand better their condition in life and to correct and improve however they can. It is also a place where young and old can join together to promote the spirit of heroism and to recognize, write about, talk about, learn about our greatest and favorite heroes, both personal and historical.

We are delighted to welcome you to this experience — the experience of learning about yourself and your trials and your joys, and of highlighting the greatness in our friends and mentors, our teachers and healers, our protectors and caregivers…our heroes, while celebrating the best in others, and ourselves, and recognizing the value in even our enemies and antagonists and all who move us and challenge us to change.

Travelling in these journeys, discovering and growing along the way, you have a place — The Hero Place — in which to discover hero tools and wisdom and to use the unique StoryCraft 10 at The Hero Place  program/app/software to create stories and fully integrate The Hero Place — and the Hero’s Journey — into the story-writing/story-telling/story-appreciating process.


Irwin Berent is the creator of The Hero Place and co-designer of the original StoryCraft Software Program and StoryCraft 10 at The Hero Place, the writer’s software that allows you to write your own hero story, book, novel, or screenplay. He is also chief writer/consultant for ShortBios.com, helping people of all backgrounds and occupations tell their stories in short biography. In addition to his devotion to promoting the hero in us all, Irwin is the author of numerous books, including The Right Words; The Quotable Conservative; Drug Legalization; Norfolk, Virginia: Evolution of A City in Maps; Crewmen of the U.S.S. Monitor, etc.; founder of the Plain Writing Association; CEO of Norfolk History Publishers; and webmaster of numerous websites.

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