Deborah Shepard has written a blog about her time at the Michael King Writers' Centre in Autumn 2013. Her blog includes an extract from her journal Writing Your Heart Out.
The Michael King Writers' Centre is Aotearoa New Zealand’s first national writers’ facility and literary centre. We support New Zealand writers and promote the development of high-quality New Zealand writing.
The centre is based in the historic Signalman's House on the slopes of Takarunga Mt Victoria in Devonport, Auckland.
We have a programme of supported residencies for New Zealand authors and low-cost accommodation for visiting writers. We also offer specialist workshops and occasional literary events. We are building a collection of resources for writers, both on-line and in the centre’s library.
The centre usually has four supported writers' residencies each year and 28 New Zealand writers have held residencies at the centre since it opened. Between 25 and 30 visiting writers stay each year.
Sign up for our quarterly newsletter for information about residencies, workshops and activities.
The centre is run by a charitable trust registered with the Charities Commission.
Donations are welcome.
Right: View of the MKWC from the Waitemata harbour (photo by Sue Perkins)
This web site was initially developed with the support the ASB Community Trust and has been upgraded with the support of Creative New Zealand.
Our current writer in residence is Peter Wells, who holds the eight-week Autumn Residency to work on a project about the enigma of family.
Signals 2013, the literary journal for young writers, was launched in Auckland in December. It features works by 16 young writers who took part in the Michael King Young Writers Programme, supported by Creative New Zealand. Details here.
ELEANOR CATTON wrote the final draft of her Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries while she held a six-month residency at the Michael King Writers' Centre in 2012.
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- April 2014 Newsletter
- In conversation....Peter Wells and Shonagh Koea
27 April 2014 - 4 pm
- Two exciting events
10 April 2014 - 6 pm and 7.30 pm
- Michele Leggott at the Takapuna Library
10 April 2014 - 6 pm for 6.30 pm
- Peter Wells: Almost Always - Never Quite
10 April 2014 - 7.30 for 8 pm
- Gypsies - Best-selling Scottish author Jess Smith gives an insider view
04 April 2014 - 6 to 7.30 pm
- Mairangi Writers talk about independent publishing
09 March 2014 - 2 pm
- Sharing Aotearoa: The People, The Land, The Story
06 March 2014 - From 7 pm