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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.

This year Word for Word challenges its audience to open their eyes and join the forum of experts gathered in the heart of Geelong’s cultural precinct as they explore the most urgent social challenges facing Australia and the world.

2019 marks the sixth annual Word for Word Festival, the fourth hosted 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 ground-breaking program covers a broad range of non-fiction topics, generating essential discourse and debate. The Word for Word platform annually attracts a diverse audience through a varied non-fiction program that includes memoir, biography, history, sport, politics, true crime, poetry and much more. There is really something to interest everyone.

Day One of the Festival on Friday 15 November 2019 will see a series of writing workshops held at community libraries across the region. This will be followed by the highly-anticipated Opening Night Special Event. Then Day Two, Saturday 16 November, and Day Three, Sunday 17 November, will feature a packed program featuring in-conversation sessions, panel discussions, keynote addresses and special events.