In the rise of mist from the estuary and the fall of rain, in the movements of the incoming and outgoing tides, I see a reflection of the deepest mystery and most sustaining pattern in all of life: that of arrival and departure, of death and regeneration - Michael King Being Pakeha Now.
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 for the Michael King Writers' Centre 2015 residency programme are now open. The Summer, Autumn and Maori Writer's Residencies are eight weeks, with an $8,000 stipend and free accommodation. The University of Auckland Residency is for six months, with accommodation and a $30,000 stipend/salary. Details are here.
Writing Your Heart Out with Deborah Shepard - a new series of writing classes in memoir will start in September for beginner writers. Details here.
Applications for two three-month writers' residencies on Waiheke Island close on September 17. The D'Arcy Writers' Residencies also offer stipend for writers to work on an essay about New Zealand life and culture. Details are here.
International Travel Fund grants for 2014-15 are now open for applications. The fund is designed to help showcase New Zealand writers and writing overseas at key international festivals and events. Applications close on August 29. Details here.
The sixth Michael King Writers' Centre residential workshop will be on publishing. Publishing Now will be held at Vaughan Park in Long Bay from November 1 to 3. Designed for writers, the workshop will bring together New Zealand's leading publishing experts and publishers for in-depth discussions about what is happening in publishing today. Applications are now open.
Our current writer in residence is novelist, poet and scriptwriter Anne Kennedy. Her most recent novel The Last Days of the National Costume is a finalist in the 2014 NZ Post Book Awards. She holds the six-month University of Auckland residency to work on a new novel.
- Mayor's grant for Auckland writers
- August 2014 Newsletter
- A Tangled Web
28 September 2014 - 4 pm
- In Conversation...Anne Kennedy and Iain Sharp
24 August 2014 - 4 pm
- Libraries - to be or not to be
07 August 2014 - 7.30 for 8 pm
- In Conversation....Gaylene Preston and Deborah Shepard
27 July 2014 - 4 pm
- Journey to a Hanging with Peter Wells
22 July 2014 - 5.30 for 6 pm