Susan Williams Beckhorn is an old friend to Highlights Chautauqua conferences, having attended both as a student and again in 2008 as a faculty member. Most recently she returned as a student again, taking her current work in progress, Wolfboy, a first dog story, through Patti Gauch’s Heart of the Novel workshop. “There is always more to learn,” she says. “The legacy of the Highlights Foundation is pushing the quality of literature for young people a notch higher.” Susan likes to think of herself as a lyrical writer with deep roots in the natural world. Her books include, In the Morning of the World: Six Woodland Why Stories (Down East Books), Sarey by Lantern Light (Down East Books), Moose Eggs, or Why Moose Have Flat Antlers (Down East Books), Moose Power (Down East Books). She is also the author of The Kingfisher’s Gift (Philomel), a Junior Library Guild selection, and Wind Rider (Laura Geringer), winner of the Andrew Eiseman Writers Award from the University of Rochester Libraries, recipient of starred reviews in Booklist and Kliatt, and designated a Book Sense Pick selection and an Amelia Bloomer Project list book. In 2012, Susan was honored with the Ranger Rick Magazine Writing Award. She has a Master’s Degree in English Education from Alfred University.