Bridget Birdsall, MFA, is an award-winning author, inspirational speaker and multi-disciplinary artist, who overcame dyslexic challenges and made a mid-life decision to pursue her dream of writing. She received her Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of the Fine Arts in 2005.
That same year, her first published short story, Miracle on Monkey Mountain, won 2nd place in the Madison Magazine’s Short Fiction Contest. Since that time, Bridget has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. She was a finalist in A Room of Her Own Foundation’s (AROHO) $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award, an Edenfred Fellow and the recipient of the Marge Chandler Scholarship at the summer home of Wisconsin’s own Georgia O’Keefe in Abiquiu, New Mexico.
Before it was independently published Bridget’s autobiographical novel, Ordinary Angels, took first place in the UW Madison’s Writer’s Institute First Page Contest, and an early draft of her debut YA novel, Double Exposure (Skyhorse Press) received an honorable mention. Double Exposure also received the following awards: Independent Publishers IPPY Gold Medal, Toftee / Wright Children’s Literature Award from the Wisconsin Council of Writers, Golden Crown Literary Association “Goldie” Award, Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Silver Award and made the Publisher’s Weekly list of top anti-bully books, and was nominated for Teen Choice and UW Big Read. Double Exposure is now available in paperback with an educational supplement for teachers and parents. Brilliance Audio has recently acquired the future audio book rights.
Bridget has taught writing and literature classes in both academic and contemplative settings, including the Young Playwrights Program at Edgewood and Middleton High Schools, poetry, literature, creative writing, business and research writing classes at Madison College, Edgewood College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and The Writer as Shaman and other transformative writing workshops at Olbrich Gardens, Madison’s new Central Library, the Christine Center and Reconnect Spiritual Sanctuary in Beaver Dam, where she was also a guest author for an All Area Read, sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association (BDAAA).
Bridget’s visual work has appeared at local galleries throughout Madison. Before pursing the writer’s life, Bridget’s spent ten years in commercial real estate, managed a community center that provided safe affordable space for child-centered programs, wrote text for websites and served as an independent small business marketing consultant. Bridget now sells residential real estate throughout south central Wisconsin, and enjoys helping others envision and manifest their dream homes.
In addition to her MFA, Bridget holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a focus on marketing management from Creighton University, where she attended on a basketball scholarship.
Bridget lives with her partner, Roseann, and their dog Sophie in Madison, Wisconsin.