Thank you for attending NonfictioNOW 2018
in Phoenix, Arizona


Thanks so much to all of you who joined us at NonfictioNOW in Phoenix. With 500 attendees from around the world, it was a memorable three days of conversation, listening and reflection. It was lovely to see many familiar faces and to welcome all the newcomers.  We’re so glad that the conference continues to be a source of new insight into nonfiction and all of the vital questions that are enmeshed with its making and reception. 

 Once again, we want to thank the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and Arizona State University, as host organizations, and the Phoenix steering committee, Angie Dell, Matt Bell, and Ashley Wilkins, without whose hard work none of it would have happened. We also thank our conference partners RMIT University, Northern Arizona University, Whiting Foundation, the Humanities at ASU, as well as all of our other sponsors and book fair partners.

 On the final evening in Phoenix, after the remarkable keynote presentation by Stephanie Elizondo Griest, we were thrilled to be able to announce that the next NonfictioNOW Conference will be held in December 2020, in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Summertime in the southern hemisphere!

 The 2020 NonfictioNOW will be hosted by Massey University and coordinated by Ingrid Horrocks and Tina Makereti.

 We hope you will start making plans now to devise a way to come to Wellington in 2020 for a conference informed by the many and diverse cultures of the Asia Pacific, in a beautiful location. We will aim to encourage as many funding opportunities as we can find to assist people without access to their own funding.

Nicole Walker and David Carlin, on behalf of the Board


Announcing NonfictioNOW 2020
in New Zealand!

Nau mai hāere mai

An invitation and welcome from your hosts in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We invite you to join us in Wellington in 2020 to celebrate the return of NonfictioNOW to the Asia Pacific region.

We hope to offer participants and audience an engagement with a range of distinct worldviews that can only be found on these shores, acknowledging first of all the Indigenous Māori mana whenua (traditional owners) of Aotearoa, our Pasifika and Pākehā whanau (family) and our newer settler populations.  

Your hosts will include staff from Massey University’s Creative Writing Program and School of English and Media Studies, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Massey University Press, The W.H. Oliver Humanities Research Academy, Massey University’s Journalism Studies Program, the College of Creative Arts, Te Pūtahi ā Toi, the School of Māori Knowledge, and The Pantograph Punch.  Over the time leading up to the conference we will be working to bring other key creative writers, thinkers, performers and publishers into our team. We look forward to bringing your voices here to join this dynamic conversation.

Start getting ready to join us at our magnificent conference venue, the harbour-side Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep your eye on the conference website for developments and updates or to sign up for our mailing list (coming soon). We’ll let you know when the CFP goes live. We hope you’ll join us.

Start planning your trip to New Zealand.

Ingrid Horrocks and Tina Makereti, on behalf of the NonfictioNOW 2020 Conference Steering Committee


NonfictioNOW photos courtesy of Scott Morris