You Didn't Always Write Good?

In a conversation with colleagues, I mentioned that my Academic Writing professor panned my writing in college.

It wasn't until I took a Grammar, Usage and Style class from a truly amazing professor that my writing improved. One collegue said, "You write well, you mean you didn't always write that good." 

Nope. Practice and great teachers equipped me to be a better writer. 

Here's to Michael Buckland, who is an exquisite writer and taught me his craft, in addition to giving me a copy of Stephen King's On Writing

Here's to Craig Ross and Steve Vannoy, who's writing I have the rare fortune of promoting and sharing with the world. 

What writers inspire you? Who has mentored you? Who has equipped you to be even better?