Writers, journalists, film-makers and other nonfiction practitioners from around the world met for three days of vibrant conversation and debate at the 2015 NonfictioNOW conference.
NonfictioNOW is a regular gathering of over 400 nonfiction writers, teachers, and students from around the world in an effort to explore the past, present, and future of nonfiction.
This year the conference was held at Northern University in Arizona in October where RMIT’s non/fictionLab [link to http://www.rmit.edu.au/research/research-institutes-centres-and-groups/research-groups/nonfictionlab/people/] co-presented with partners Northern Arizona University and Yale NUS College, Singapore.
Associate Professor David Carlin, co-director of RMIT’s nonfictionlab said it was a thrill to be able to co-chair NonfictioNOW, which is the leading international gathering for innovative and creative nonfiction writers 2015 in Flagstaff.
“Nonfiction is an increasingly popular and varied field, ranging from memoir and essay to literary journalism, travel writing and narrative history — not to mention graphic memoir, radio, television and online documentaries.
There is so much to discuss, including questions of art, ethics, truth, authenticity and the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction. Non/fictionLab and RMIT is delighted to have been able to once again co-present this significant event, the largest of its kind in the world,” said Carlin.
RMIT’s Francesca Rendle-Short, Peta Murray and Lucinda Strahan performed alongside Sophie Cunningham and Papatya Bucak in Performing the Essay: Combinations and Permutations. David Carlin joined four memoirists who shared a revelatory discussion of the consequences of publishing their familial tales, and RMIT poets Jessica Wilkinson and Benjamin Laird participated in a panel discussion alongside international poets Dennis Cooley and Heidi Czerwiec, Adventures in Poetic Biography.