Announcing NonfictioNOW 2020 in New Zealand!

Nau mai hāere mai. 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.

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 this website for developments and updates or to sign up for our mailing list below. We’ll let you know when the Call for Papers goes live. We hope you’ll join us.

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


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


NonfictioNOW photos courtesy of Scott Morris