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 30 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.
Applications are invited for the 2015 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship. Applications close on June 26. This opportunity is for established writers. Details on the Creative New Zealand web site (here).
Our current writer in residence is Mere Whaanga, who holds the Maori Writer's Residency until early July. There will be a powhiri to welcome her on Thursday July 2, from 7.30 pm, at the Devonport Library. All welcome.
Roger Horrocks has just finished his Autumn Residencey at the Michael King Writers' Centre, working on a book about NZ culture. His latest work - a philosophical poem called The Song of the Ghost in the Machine - has just been published by Victoria University Press and launched in Auckland. It is sparking lots of discussion. He has just been interviewed on National Radio about his writing and work, including his forthcoming biography of artist Len Lye.
Signals, the literary journal for writers from our Young Writers Programme, is on sale through the Michael King Writers' Centre at $10 per copy, including post. Email to place your order. Here's Cecilia Xu reading her poem from the book "When I say I want to get to know you, I really mean this" .
The four writers selected for our 2015 residencies have been announced. Details here.
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26 July 2015 - 4 pm
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17 June 2015 - 3 pm
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24 May 2015 - 4 pm