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Every two years, more than 400 people gather for three days to discuss the myriad forms of nonfiction, its history and new directions in the genre.
The conference consists of three full days of panels, screenings and events centred on the practice, thinking, communication and writing of nonfiction in all its forms. Panels are selected via a refereed process.
NonfictioNow explores and embraces nonfiction creative practices beyond the strictly literary, also embracing the audiovisual and interdisciplinary. Neither an academic conference nor a writers’ festival, the conference is unique in that it seeks to create a productive, engaging, and provocative discussion over three intensive days of panels, readings, screenings and presentations. Past NonfictioNow keynote speakers have included Helen Garner and David Shields, Richard Rodriguez, Patricia Hampl, Ross McElwee, Lauren Slater, Pico Iyer, Philip Lopate, Alison Bechdel, and John Edgar Wideman.
The NonfictioNow conference has been held at The University of Iowa in 2005, 2007, and 2010. NonfictioNow 2012 took place at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia in a partnership between RMIT’s School of Media and Communication and the Nonfiction Writing Program of The University of Iowa's Department of English.
Melbourne shares with Iowa City and three other cities (Edinburgh, Dublin, and Reykjavik) the designation of UNESCO World Cities of Literature, promising to be a key event linking all four Cities. Added to this, Melbourne’s location invites writers and teachers of nonfiction from the greater Asia-Pacific region to join in a truly global discussion and celebration of nonfiction.
The Fifth International NonfictioNOW Conference will be hosted by Northern Arizona University (NAU) in 2015, with more than 400 international participants expected.
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