Wellington 3-5 December 2020

Nau mai hāere mai. We invite you to join us in New Zealand in 2020 to celebrate the return of NonfictioNOW to the Asia Pacific region. We hope to offer participants and audiences 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. And we look forward to engaging with writers and nonfiction writing from all over the globe.

Join us at our magnificent conference venue, the harbour-side Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep your eye on this website for developments and updates, or sign up for our mailing list. The Call for Papers will be made early 2020. We hope you’ll join us.

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


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. 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.


conference information

We are currently planning the conference for 2020 and will update this website as information becomes available. In the meantime, please subscribe for updates below and check out our conference brochure.


Start planning your trip to New Zealand

It is our great pleasure to host you in Aotearoa New Zealand. See this page for more information on our location and planning to travel here.