William M. Akers is a writer. After teaching at Vanderbilt University for 19 years, he now teaches screenwriting at Belmont University. In 2013, he created their Motion Pictures program, which has 110 students. The inspiration for Mrs. Ravenbach’s Way comes from Akers' teaching, his own education, as well as being a Boy Scout scoutmaster for seven years. His philosophy is “A great teacher can have an incredible effect on a child. I had some amazing teachers all through grade school, high school, college, and graduate school. I also know, from being a teacher, how important it is to give students encouragement. You can really light a fire under someone.” His book Your Screenplay Sucks!, published in 2008, offers writers the tools they need to get their screenplay noticed. A Lifetime Member of the Writers Guild of America, he has had three feature films produced from his screenplays. Will's websites are www.tobywilcox.com and www.yourscreenplaysucks.com.