Date 17 Nov, 2017 – 19 Nov, 2017
Time Daily
Cost Varies
Venue Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, Little Malop Street, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

The Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival will be held at the iconic Geelong Library & Heritage Centre on 17-19 November, 2017.

It is the largest national event to showcase non-fiction writing in all forms and this year features more than 80 enthralling guest speakers over three days of masterclasses, keynote addresses, panels and in-conversation sessions.

Highly-acclaimed New York-based Australian writer Peter Carey will open the festival with a discussion on the intersection of fiction and non-fiction, a key focus at this year’s festival. Audiences are invited to “go beneath the surface” and explore a wide range of topics including history, climate change, feminism, politics, adventure and much more.

Among the well-known names presenting at this year’s festival are former tennis champ Jelena Dokic, climate scientist Tim Flannery, barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside QC, writer and columnist Benjamin Law, author and satirist John Safran, former news anchor Tracey Spicer, media personality and former Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons, celebrated novelists Frank Moorhouse and John Marsden and many more.

For a full program and bookings go to

Word for Word is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.