About

The Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival

Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival is Australia’s only literary festival to showcase non-fiction literature, writing and ideas. Word for Word features writing masterclasses, panel discussions, in-conversation sessions and high-profile keynote speakers. The topics explored range broadly from history to health; love and grief; economics and politics; society and the environment; art and food; sport, technology and much more.

Previous guests include Peter Carey, Frank Moorhouse, John Safran, Alice Pung, John Marsden, Neil Murray, Dr Susan Carland, Stan Grant, Professor Tim Flannery, Jelena Dokic, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Peter FitzSimons, David Astle, Julian Burnside QC, Benjamin Law, Tracey Spicer, Angela Pippos, and many 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.

The Dome is situated in central Geelong’s Little Malop Street precinct. A thriving cultural hub, the area also includes the Geelong Gallery, Geelong Performing Arts Centre and Courthouse Youth Arts Centre. Geelong is a vibrant city full of creative hubs and fabulous eateries, and just a 60-minute drive from Melbourne. Geelong is also the gateway to the fabulous food and wine of the Bellarine Peninsula and the natural beauty of the Great Ocean Road.

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.

The Festival’s popular masterclass program continues in 2018 with workshops covering a variety of non-fiction writing topics hosted at the following Geelong Regional Library locations: Bannockburn, Belmont, Geelong Torquay, Waurn Ponds and Queenscliff.