The NonfictioNOW Conference is a regular gathering of over 400 nonfiction writers, teachers, and students from around the world in an effort to explore the past, present, and future of nonfiction.
The next NonfictioNOW conference will be held in Reykjavík 2–4 June 2017, hosted by the University of Iceland, and again co-presented by RMIT’s non/fictionLab.
RMIT's non/fictionLab co-presents the internationally renowned NonfictioNOW Conference alongside key international partners. Panels and readings highlight the myriad forms of nonfiction, from the video essay and graphic essays, to the memoir, lyric essay, and literary journalism. Past keynote speakers have included Alison Bechdel, Rebecca Solnit, David Shields, Patricia Hampl, Pico Iyer, Lauren Slater, and Richard Rodriguez, among others.
In 2012 NonfictioNow was presented in Melbourne at RMIT. NonfictioNow 2012 was a huge success having brought together writers, teachers, readers and students of nonfiction from around the world. Three full days of panels, readings and events centred on the practice, thinking, communication and writing of nonfiction in all its forms. As one of the most significant gatherings of its kind, this was the first time NonfictioNow took place in Australia.
NonfictioNOW 2015 will be hosted by Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, from 28 - 31 October. Keynote speakers include Maggie Nelson, Brian Doyle, Michael Martone and Ander Monson, Roxane Gay and Tim Flannery.
Full NonfictioNOW 2015 Program.
In 2013, non/fictionLab staged a follow up event: a one-day symposium, Placing Nonfiction – Politics, Poetics, Practices. These events have been immensely successful, and were followed by a Collaborations Symposium at Macquarie University in 2014. In 2015 non/fictionLab will co-presented NonfictioNOW 2015 at Northern Arizona University and a follow up Dialogues and Atmospheres Symposium alongside the Creative Ecologies Lab, Macquarie University at RMIT.
Professor Robin Hemley
""Not an academic conference or a book fair, NonfictioNOW is unique in its approach as a gathering of ideas, writers and readers""
Professor Hemley is the NonfictionNOW conference founder. He has published 10 books of nonfiction and fiction and is the winner of many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship.