Present your writing at the University of St. Francis!

ELL Main Page Photo

26th Annual

St. Francis Writers’ Conference (formerly known as the ELL)


Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

This fall, the English Department at the University of St. Francis will hold its 26th annual St. Francis Writers’ Conference featuring author and award-winning reporter/columnist Maudlyne Ihejirika as keynote speaker. The conference is an opportunity for students across the country to present papers, field questions, and further hone their argumentative thinking skills in a challenging but supportive environment. A special bonus for participating students is that a conference presentation looks especially good on resumes and graduate school applications.

Attend the conference for free. RSVP to if you can attend. Presenters can register for the conference by clicking here.

Interested in presenting?

Current undergrads and high school students taking Advanced Placement courses in English are invited to submit their work to Completed papers (approx. 2000-3000 words or 1500-2000 words for AP and introductory students), multimedia presentations, or samples of creative writing are due Sept. 15, 2017. We will consider writing in any of the following categories:

  • Literature
  • Translation
  • Comparative literature
  • Critical theory
  • Film
  • Creative writing
  • Teaching English
  • History & Politics
  • Philosophy & Theology
  • Science Writing
  • Business Writing
  • Cultural Studies
  • Ecocriticism

Special sessions for introductory and AP English students


Hotel & Shuttle Information

We regret that we have no funds for travel or hotels; however, we have set aside rooms at the following hotels for your convenience. Please be sure to mention the St. Francis Writers’ Conference at the time of reservation and reference the contact name as Beth McDermott.

  • Wingate Inn – 101 McDonald Ave., Joliet  |  815-741-2100 
  • Quality Inn & Suites – 135 South Larkin Ave., Joliet  |  815-744-1770 
  • Best Western – 4380 Enterprise Drive, Joliet  |  815-730-7500



Please send any questions to

Follow us on Facebook at

Follow us on Twitter at @ELLUSF

The 2017 conference has been generously funded by USF English Department alumni:

Jennifer Smith ’96Elyssa Bulthuis ’05

Russelle Holsinger ’93

Mary Ellen Mendoza ’76

Jessica Conte ’13

Leona Laouras ’64

We are also grateful for a matching gift from Mary Kay Softcheck Blake ’70.