Bridget Birdsall, MFA, is a multi-disciplinary artist, award-winning author, educator, and inspirational speaker who overcame dyslexic challenges to pursue her dream to write books that make a difference, especially in the lives of young people.
Her 2014 YA novel, DOUBLE EXPOSURE, won many awards and positive reviews for its presentation of an intersex character.
Bridget teaches writing, yoga, and daylong workshops that inspire others to dream big, to be who they are, and to live authentic lives.
She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Bridget Birdsall is a multidisciplinary 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.
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, including Absolutely Art where her 9/11 Commemoration Poster was on display for the 10th anniversary. 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.
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 in Madison, Wisconsin.