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.
Our current writer in residence is playwright Philip Braithwaite, who is working on a new play, The War Play, which will be premiered at Fortune Theatre in Dunedin in March.
Poet Michele Leggott recently presented Small Stories from Two Decades, a series of interconnected stories about the progression of her blindness. The event was part of the Devonport Arts Festival. An audio recording is available online. Please click here to listen to it.
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.
- Young writers achieve more success
- Winners of the Chris Cole Catley Writing Awards announced
- Poetry and Picnic in the Garden
26 January 2015 - 11 am to 4 pm - Readings from 1 pm
- Signals launch
06 December 2014 - 10 am