The Michael King Writers' Centre
The Michael King Writers' Centreis 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.
Rest in Peace Barry Brickell
The Trustees and all of those associated with the Centre are saddened to hear of the death of the Coromandel potter, writer, conservationist, railway builder and winter visiting resident at the Michael King Writers' Centre. New Zealand has lost a wonderfully creative artist.
Call for entries for the 2016 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing
Submissions will open on Monday 1 Feb and close onFriday 4 March 2016. Entries are welcome from published and unpublished Australian and New Zealand writers. For more information, and to download the entry form, go to:
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" .
- January 2016 Enewsletter
- Applications for the Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant are now open
- Auckland Anniversary Day 2016 Poets' Picnic in the Garden
01 February 2016 - noon - 4pm