Andrew Pyper and Steven Hayward

Andrew Pyper’s New York Times and Times (UK) bestselling books have been publicly endorsed by the likes of Stephen King, Dennis Lehane and Gillian Flynn, and he has thousands of fans worldwide ever since his first novel (which has sold over 500,000 copies) was published in over twenty foreign languages, a novel that was recently named by USA Today as one of the “scariest books ever written.” He is currently working closely with many top-tier Hollywood producers who are adapting his work both for feature film and television series, including Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump), Dan Lin (The Lego MovieSherlock Holmes), Universal Pictures, Legendary Pictures (Interstellar, Godzilla), and Warner Bros TV.

Dr. Steven Hayward is not only a leading Shakespeare and Creative Writing scholar, but is an experienced and much sought-after management trainer, having taught leadership education techniques across the United States through working with top corporations including Hewlett Packard, Oracle and General Electric. He is also the co-host and co-creator of the popular radio program Critical Karaoke which is carried by National Public Radio. In addition, he’s been a significant presence on news and general interest NPR programs including Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, and As It Happens.



We Could Be Heroes is a breakthrough strengths-finding and
team-building workshop conveyed though a series of entertaining,
emotionally revelatory exercises that draw on the imaginative
reservoir possessed by all of us. It’s also a powerful toolset for
business teams, new employees, the classroom – anywhere where
transformation is called for but difficult to initiate.

Facilitators Pyper and Hayward guide you through a way thinking about
yourself and your relationship with your institution or team by using
superhero world-building. Secret identities. Villains. Mind-blowing
plot twists. A thrilling climax. This workshop uses superhero
storytelling to deliver you to new ways of communicating real
challenges, forming outside the box strategies, and devising ways to
take down the “villain” that is afflicting your company, your team,

The craft of pitching—and refining the elements that make up a pitch
that is truly great—carries an explosively liberating potential to
challenge and elevate the direction and core deliverables of a project
or organization. In this funny and authentic keynote speech these
longtime collaborators draw on their pitching in Hollywood and
teaching writing in the college classroom to convey how finding the
right way to convey an idea can improve and often re-define the idea