Nonfiction Writing Program

The Bedell Nonfiction Now Conference

The Bedell Nonfiction Now 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. The conference is sponsored by the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and takes place in a different locale every two years. 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 Patricia Hampl, Pico Iyer, Lauren Slater, and Richard Rodriguez, among others.

Past Conferences

2012 Nonfiction Now Conference

  • November 21-24, 2012
  • Featuring David Shields and Helen Garner
  • Melbourne, Australia, a UNESCO City of Literature

2010 Nonfiction Now Conference

  • November 4-6, 2010
  • Featuring Rebecca Solnit, John Edgar Wideman, and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, a UNESCO City of Literature

2007 Nonfiction Now Conference

  • November 5-7, 2007
  • Featuring Pico Iyer, Richard Rodriguez, and documentary filmmakder Ross McElwee
  • University of Iowa, IA

2005 Nonfiction Now Conference

  • October 5-7, 2005
  • Featuring Phillip Lopate, Patricia Hampl, Lauren Slater 
  • University of Iowa, IA