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 37 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.
Michael King Writers' Centre
Supported Writers’ Residencies 2017
Applications now close on Monday 17 October, 2016.
Writing New Zealand: People, Politics, Place
A residential workshop for active writers
Vaughan Park, Long Bay, Auckland
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016
Aotearoa inspires powerful writing in all genres – the works inspired by our land and its people continue to shape and form our nation. Delegates will be treated to a range of our finest writers who will share why New Zealand-inspired content matters.
The workshop is held at the beautiful Vaughan Park retreat over two stimulating days. The programme has been designed for experienced writers to hone their craft in a high-level intensive symposium style seminar.
Applications close on 22 September. Places are limited. For programme details and application form, please go to the Residential Workshops option on the Workshops tab or email: www.writerscentre.org.nz email@example.com
Congratulations Lynn Dawson
The Trustees and Staff of the Michael King Writers' Centre are pleased to celebrate Lynn Dawson, Chair of the MKWC Friends, who has been recognised as one of 50 women of achievement by Zonta New Zealand. Lynn has been honoured for her role with the Books in Prison and Magnolia House projects. The Trust is pleased and proud of Lynn's achievements and fortunate to have the benefit of her energy and commitment. See the other women of achievement at www.zonta.org.nz
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.
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" .
- 2017 Michael King Writers’ Centre Residencies
- NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants Now Open for Applications
- Poetry Camp 2016
06 November 2016 - 1pm to 3.30pm
- Our Annual Residential Workshop
22 October 2016
- Vivienne Plum - Public Presentation
28 September 2016 - 5.00-6.30pm
- Dine and Celebrate with Fiona Kidman
12 September 2016 - 6.30pm for 7pm
- In Conversation: David Hastings and Iain Sharp
28 August 2016 - 3 pm
- The Divine Muses XIII Poetry Reading
26 August 2016 - 6.30 pm- 8:00 pm