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November 1 - 3, 2018 in Downtown Phoenix, AZ

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU is proud to host the 2018 NonfictioNOW Conference, November 1 - 3 in Downtown Phoenix, AZ.

About NonfictioNOW

NonfictioNOW Conference is a regular gathering of over 400 nonfiction writers, teachers, readers, and students from around the world in an effort to explore the past, present, and future of nonfiction. NonfictioNOW is unique in being neither a conventional academic conference nor a writers’ festival, but rather a conversation among peers, from well-established writers and artists to those just starting out.

Panels and readings highlight the myriad forms of nonfiction, from the video essay and graphic essays, to the memoir, lyric essay, and literary journalism. Founded by Robin Hemley at the University of Iowa in 2005, NonfictioNOW privileges and engages international perspectives, topics and trends, and has previously been hosted in Melbourne, Australia; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Reykjavík, Iceland.

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Panel Proposals

Panel proposals for the 2018 NonfictioNOW Conference are now being accepted until April 15, 2018. While proposals should address and explore some aspect of creative nonfiction, the conference is particularly interested in innovative, non-traditional panel formats that are lively, discursive, and reflective of an international group of participants.

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Keynote Speakers

Past keynote speakers have included Karl Ove Knausgård, Maggie Nelson, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Alison Bechdel, Rebecca Solnit, Wayne Koestenbaum, Pico Iyer, Lauren Slater, Richard Rodriguez, and Tim Flannery, among others. 

This year’s keynote speakers are Francisco Cantú, Gretel Ehrlich, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, and Melissa Lucashenko.