William Akers                                                           


New York University –– 2006 to May, 2010
 Majors: English and Playwriting
 Cumulative GPA: 3.75
 Recipient of the Department of Dramatic Writing's 2010 award for playwriting

Writes plays, fiction and screenplays. Has produced short films, had plays produced in New York and elsewhere, and been published in national literary magazines. Writes, a silly personal blog.

Narratively — 2012 to present
Features editor, editing magazine-length articles for daily longform website (
Reporter, covering everything from Hurricane Sandy to autism to an infamous 1913 murder
Copywriter, doing agency work for clients including Chevrolet and the New York Academy of Sciences

The New York Observer — 2010 to 2013
Theater feature writer, covering Broadway and Off Broadway
Museum beat reporter, writing features on MoMA, the Met Museum, the 9/11 Memorial and others
Book reviewer, arts blogger and red carpet snoop—according to one editor, "a Swiss army knife of a writer"

Freelance writing and editing — 2010 to present
Clients include:
Deadspin—Deeply researched pieces on forgotten moments in sports history
Vice Sports—Daily blogging on the baseball season, as well as reporting
Sports on Earth—Baseball history for Major League Baseball’s longform sports website
Howlround—Staff theater critic, participating in the NewCrit project
The Classical—Sportswriting, covering baseball, tennis and soccer
Capital New York—Theater reporting
Julian Tepper and Dean Unkefer—Edited novels for authors, all of which were published

Open Road Integrated Media — 2010 to present
Proofreader, copy editor and copywriter, writing jacket copy for thousands of new e-books

Minetta Review –– 2006 to 2010
  Editor of biannual lit mag, overseeing a $13,000 a year budget and a bunch of snooty poets

NYU daily newspaper Washington Square News ( –– 2006 to 2010
  Wrote reviews and features, and oversaw twice-weekly arts section, editing articles, supervising layout
 Founded weekly book review page

Vintage Books — Summer 2009
Worked in editorial and publicity, writing coverage and helping with online promotions

This is That corporation –– Summer 2008
 Read scripts, wrote coverage and commentary for independent film production compan