ELL Conference at University of St. Francis

picture of a person walking down a darkened staircase. By Simon Lee from London (P1010821) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.25th Annual
English Language and
Literatures Conference


Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
University of St. Francis

This fall, the English Department at the University of St. Francis will hold its 25th annual English Language and Literatures Conference. The ELL 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.

Register for the conference by clicking here!


Interested in presenting?

Recent grads, current undergrads, and high school students taking Advanced Placement courses are invited to submit completed papers (approx. 2,000-3,000 words or 1,500-2,000 words for AP and introductory students) to ell@stfrancis.edu no later than Sept. 15, 2016 in any of the following categories:

  • English literatures
  • Literatures in translation
  • Comparative literature
  • Critical theory
  • Film
  • Creative writing
  • Teaching English
  • 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 ELL 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 ell@stfrancis.edu. Follow us on Twitter @ELLUSF.



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