nonfictionLab is an interdisciplinary research centre for creative and critical practice that investigates approaches to nonfiction, its forms and its frames.

nonfictionLab engages creative fieldwork, critical perspectives and imaginative inquiry to produce knowledge in the politics, poetics and practices of nonfiction, focused in five intersecting zones of research: Documentary, Essay, Nonfiction Poetry, and Publishing, Curation, Archives.

nonfictionLab brings together critical practitioners in creative arts, design and humanities, and provides support for emerging researchers and a growing community of research students. The Lab fosters collaborative research projects in partnership with fellow scholars and artists, and with industries and communities, local and international.

nonfictionLab works with many national and international industry and university partners including Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Concordia University, Copyright Agency,University of Iowa, Yale-NUS, Northern Arizona University, Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Organisation, and Contemporary Women’s Writing Association.

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From left: Laurene Vaughan, Brigid Magner, David Carlin, Adrian Miles, Antonio Castillo, Francesca Rendle-Short.


The nonfictionLab is a mix of researchers, students, and visiting scholars from a diverse range of disicplines and practices. It includes….[more]


Research in the lab is premised on erasing the distance between making and theorising. Essays, documentaries, interactive works, nonfiction poetry, memoir, radio documentary. These are just some of the things we make, theorise with and about in … [more]


The lab is made up of five intersecting zones of research, each strutured as a semi-independent node. These include documentary, essay, nonfiction poetry, journalism/reportage, and publishing, curation and archives…[more]