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The Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival

Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival is Australia’s only national literary event with a dedicated focus on non-fiction writing and ideas. Our audiences come to hear authentic voices, to be moved, and to be challenged.

This year Word for Word invites its audiences to Get Real by facilitating robust and interesting discussions on a wide range of hard-hitting and entertaining topics. Subjects include the #METOO and #TIMESUP movements, history, racism, Indigenous issues, asylum seekers, social research, true crime, artificial intelligence, memoir and much more.

2018 marks the fifth year of Word for Word and the third at the iconic Geelong Library & Heritage Centre. Known locally as The Dome thanks to its distinctive award-winning architecture, this stunning state-of-the-art facility has transformed the skyline of Victoria’s second-largest city and is the perfect venue for the region’s largest literary event.

Word for Word’s dynamic and diverse program covers a broad range of non-fiction topics that generate fascinating dialogue and debate between equally fascinating personalities and attracts a diverse and engaged audience. There is really something to interest everyone.

Day One of the Festival on Friday 16 November 2018 presents a series of writing masterclasses and takes the program across the region with sessions held in Bannockburn, Geelong, Waurn Ponds, Belmont, Queenscliff and Torquay.