International Residency

2016 Shanghai Writing Program 

New Zealand's literary exchange with China continues with the call for applications from New Zealand writers to attend the international writers programme run by the Shanghai Writers’ Association in September and October 2016.

The successful writer will receive free accommodation in an inner-city apartment, a small stipend for living expenses and return economy class air travel. For the first time, New Zealand screenwriters may apply.

This opportunity is available through a partnership between the New Zealand China Friendship Society, the Michael King Writers’ Centre, the Shanghai Writers’ Association, and Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

Since the exchange began in 2013, two Chinese writers have enjoyed a residency at the Michael King Writers’ Centre on the slopes of Mount Victoria at Devonport in Auckland. In 2013 Huo Yan, a young writing star from Beijing, took up the first Rewi Alley Fellowship and in 2015 acclaimed novelist Xiao Bai from Shanghai was the second Rewi Alley fellow.

In 2014 Alison Wong was the first New Zealand writer selected to join the international writers’ programme.  Alison writes of her experience:  The Shanghai International Writing Program was invaluable as research for my new book, but also for stimulating fresh creativity and inquiry through exposure to a completely different environment, language and culture. The connections made, whether with Chinese or other international writers were personally and professionally rewarding. I recommend the residency to writers with a sense of adventure and curiosity.

New Zealand applications closed on Thursday 31st March.  




Huo Yan

Huo Yan, from Beijing, who held the Rewi Alley Fellowship at the Michael King Writers' Centre in 2013.

Alison Wong

Alison Wong who took part in the 2014 Shanghai Writing Program in Shanghai

Xiao Bai

Xiao Bai who held the 2015 Rewi Alley Fellowship at the Michael King Writers’ Centre