St. Francis Writers' Conference

2022 marks the 31st Annual St. Francis Writers’ Conference!

Date: Saturday, November 12th at USF

2022 marks the 31st year for the St. Francis Writers’ Conference. U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Tobias Wolff, Eavan Boland, Mary Gordon, Tillie Olsen, and Li Young Lee, among others, have read and discussed their work with students at USF’s annual St. Francis Writers’ Conference (formerly known as the English Language and Literatures Conference). Students from institutions such as Lewis, Trinity Christian, Bradley, Knox, and Alverno as well as USF have participated in this conference, where undergraduates annually present their own scholarship to an audience of peers and professors.
The conference is an opportunity for students to hone their writing and presentation skills. Their work falls into categories including literature, translation, comparative literature, critical theory, film, creative writing, teaching English, history & politics, philosophy & theology, science writing, business writing, and ecocriticism. Nearly 30 presentations are given each year.

Keynote Speaker:
Tom Montgomery Fate

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Tom Montgomery Fate is a professor emeritus at College DuPage in Glen Ellyn IL, where he taught creative writing and literature courses for more than 30 years.  He is the author of six books of creative nonfiction, including The Long Way Home: Detours and Discoveries, a travel memoir (2022), Cabin Fever, a nature memoir, and Steady and Trembling, a spiritual memoir. A regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, his essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, The Iowa Review, and Orion, among othersDozens of his essays have also aired on NPR and Chicago Public Radio.

Interested in presenting?

Undergraduate students should submit abstracts for 10-15 min. presentations by Oct. 15th to

Categories include:

  • Art & Design
  • Business Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Critical Theory
  • Ecocriticism
  • History & Politics
  • Journalism
  • Literature and Film
  • Music
  • Philosophy & Theology
  • Science Writing
  • Teaching English
  • Translation


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