The NonfictioNOW Conference 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. Panels and readings highlight the myriad forms of nonfiction, from the video essay and graphic essays, to the memoir, lyric essay, and literary journalism. Past keynote speakers have included Karl Ove Knausgård, Maggie Nelson, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Alison Bechdel, Rebecca Solnit, Wayne Koestenbaum, Pico Iyer, Margo Jefferson, Richard Rodriguez, and Tim Flannery, among others.
The 2018 keynote speakers will include Francisco Cantú, Gretel Ehrlich, and Stephanie Griest! The conference in Phoenix, Arizona will be hosted by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University and held at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel and the Orpheum Theatre.
The Department of English is a partner of the NonfictionNOW Conference, as are several other organizations and ASU units.