More than 500 writers from around the globe are expected to gather in the thriving literary hub of Reykjavik, Iceland, to explore the facets of nonfiction writing.
NonfictioNOW is a unique three-day event that invites practitioners, from novices to established writers, to engage in lively literary conversation and debate.
RMIT's David Carlin, Deputy Dean Communication and Vice-President of the NonfictioNOW board, says the event is one of the highest ranked among the writing community.
“RMIT University is delighted to be co-presenting this regular international gathering and once again in a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) designated City of Literature,” Carlin said.
“Having brought NonfictioNOW to Australia in 2012, where it was a huge success, I am thrilled to be involved in the next conference.”
President of the NonfictioNOW board Robin Hemley is pleased that the event will take place in Reykjavik in 2017.
“For many years NonfictioNOW has sparked important conversation among current writers, teachers and readers, and has inspired important book projects and at least one film,” Hemley said.
“Such conversation should be international in scope and not limited to the borders of any one literary community.”
Reykjavik is one of the first cities in the world to be nominated by UNESCO as a City of Literature and is home to a multitude of writers with international careers.
NonfictioNOW was originally founded at the University of Iowa, and after its success in Melbourne it was followed up in 2015 at Northern Arizona University.
In 2017 the event will be held 2–4 June and will be co-hosted by the University of Iceland and RMIT.
Story: Jordan Di Stefano and Alison Barker