Michael King  Symbol

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. 

  • Newsflash

  • Read the World: The 2016 Auckland Writers Festival Programme is Launched

    The Auckland Writers Festival launched the 2016 programme at the Auckland Art Gallery on March 16th.  Some of the world’s finest novelists, historians, philosophers, children’s literary greats, playwrights, poets, thinkers and political figures will join our leading local literati including: Gloria Steinem, Bill Oddie, Marlon James, Paula Hawkins, Jeanette Winterson, Susie Orbach, David Hare, Hanya Yanagihara, Peter Garrett and Jane Smiley in six packed days of fun, thought provoking events at the Aotea Centre in Auckland Central.

    Tickets are on-sale from 9.00am, Friday 18 March from Ticketmaster for the Festival which runs 10-15 May. Check out the full programme 



  • 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.

  • 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 2016Entries 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"

  • Latest News

  • Annual Report March 2015 to February 2016
  • NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship
  • Coming/Recent Events

  • In Conversation Robert Glancy and Fiona Sussman
    24 July 2016 - from 3pm
  • Writers Lounge free lunchtime sessions
    13 June 2016 - from noon
  • Benefit Gala for Daffodils at the Auckland Town Hall
    03 June 2016 - 8 pm