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Bardsy is your gateway to better storytelling. Unlock your writing potential through interactive tools and courses, guidance from professional writer-educators and a uniquely supportive community.

How do I become a great writer?
We’re not going to lie: great writing ain't easy. But you can do it! We are equal parts favorite teacher and best friend, guiding the way and standing at your side to push you to succeed. We’ll do whatever it takes to get you writing, keep you writing and help you write better. Whether it’s tools, ideas or lessons, we have it. And we have the best.
Greatness is in our name, a nod to the most famous bard of all, William Shakespeare. You could say we’re pretty big fans—our co-founder even wrote a best-selling book about him, Who Was William Shakespeare? The bard himself penned over a hundred top-notch stories, and so can you. Great storytelling is magical. Bardsy will make you a magician. Grab your imaginary cape (or literal, we’re not judging), and start writing today.
Whence Bardsy?
A life-long bibliophile, Celeste always dreamed of being a writer. When her daughters were little, she couldn’t stand how insipid most children’s books were, so she wrote her own. Her debut was a best-seller, and her kids eventually followed in her storytelling footsteps with success of their own. Celeste then turned to empowering young writers who aren’t lucky enough to have authors as mothers.
Meanwhile, frustrated by the limitations of his professorial gig and academic research, Adam's interest in building community though storytelling led him to join forces with Celeste. Like yin and yang, Adam broke out his virtual hammer and built the website while Celeste developed the curriculum. Their brainchild is Bardsy’s unique Prospero, a set of interactive templates and tools that help anyone—and we mean anyone (even a caveman)—build stories. The rest is history.
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Who's Celeste?
The hairs on the back of Celeste Davidson’s neck stood up when she discovered creative writing “experts” were teachers without writing experience, writers without teaching experience or, even worse, post-pubescent Ed Tech “entrepreneurs” without either. That’s like being taught driver’s ed by someone without a license. Or a car! She decided to roll her sleeves up and take matters into her own hands with Bardsy.
You want credentials? Celeste has ’em. She wrote one of the most widely read books on Shakespeare, Who Was William Shakespeare? (Grosset & Dunlap). That’s 500,000 copies in a dozen languages. She’s also written several other award-winning titles, including One Leaf Rides the Wind (Viking) and Julia Morgan Built a Castle (also Viking). She walks the walk, and can whip your story into fighting form to have a shot at winning awards and cracking best-seller lists too.
But being a successful author doesn’t make Celeste a teacher. Her experience teaching Children’s Literature and Creative Writing with UC Berkeley and LAUSD does. So do her Master’s in Teaching from USC and the PhD in Educational Technology at UC Santa Barbara she’s currently working towards. A best-selling writer, seasoned teacher and budding researcher equals your best writing coach!
Who's Adam?
Adam is Bardsy’s head geek, complete with the chunky glasses. A sneaky social scientist, he turned the lessons he learned teaching political psychology at UCLA, the University of Washington and Yale into the tracks and tools that motivate you, keep you writing and turn your stories into a story of success. An MIT dropout, he also supervises all the boring stuff that makes the site run. We’re glad to have a true techie on board to save us from dreaded 404 errors.
But wait, you didn't’t think we’d let any non-writers in here, did you? (If so, go back to start; do not pass go.) Adam has two books under his belt, The Winning Message (Cambridge University Press) and Mass Informed Consent (Rowman and Littlefield), as well as too many peer-reviewed articles. Now he’s designing the tools that he wished were around when he was working on his books. And, after that, maybe a time travel machine.