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Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival 2017

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Since its inception in 2014, Geelong's Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival has gone from strength to strength, enlightening thousands of readers and encouraging talk about a myriad of topics.

Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival 2017

From November 17-19, the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre will once again focus its attention on this popular and thought-provoking event, with over 70 guest presenters discussing their non-fiction works about topics as diverse as climate change, feminism, racism, sexism and indigenous culture, to sport, adventure and biography. Visitors can purchase tickets to weekend sessions (including panel discussions and readings) which range in price from $20-$30, or can attend a masterclass where they can learn about writing and publishing within an intimate classroom setting (these sessions range in price from $50-$100). The Great Debate will also be held again, this time dealing with the controversial discussion of whether 'fiction is just a fancy word for lying'.

Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival 2017
Books from just some of the authors that will be attending the event

Some of non-fiction writing's biggest names will be attending this event, including best-selling former journalist Peter FitzSimons, popular Australian authors John Marsden and Alice Pung, the sometimes-controversial John Safran, acclaimed scientist Tim Flannery and former tennis star Jelena Dokic, among many more fantastic writers of the non-fiction genre.

Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival 2017
The iconic dome of the Geelong Library will play host to some of the events

With a program line-up like this, there is sure to be something to inspire, motivate and engage all lovers of non-fiction within this rich literary world.

Further information about the events and ticketing information can be found on the website
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Why? To embrace the world of non-fiction writing
When: November 17- November 19, 2017
Where: Geelong Library & Heritage Centre (The Dome) as well as selected other sites. Please see the website for more information
Cost: Tickets range in price from $20-$30 for weekend sessions and $50-$100 for masterclasses. Concession prices are available
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