Residencies at the Michael King Writers Centre

The Michael King Writers' Centre is based in the old Signalman's House on Takarunga Mt Victoria in Devonport. It is a quiet retreat, set in a reserve with panoramic views of the Waitemata Harbour, yet it is close to the vibrant Devonport village and ferries to Auckland city.

The house has two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, and a dedicated writer's studio in the rear garden for the centre's supported writer-in-residence. The lounge, kitchen and laundry are shared. Broadband internet is available in most rooms.

There are two ways writers can stay at the centre.

New Zealand authors may apply for a supported residency. We currently offer up to fifteen supported residencies each year, from two weeks to five months in duration.

New Zealand and international writers may also apply to stay at the centre as a visiting writer on a paying basis, usually for terms from a week to two months.

 Shanghai-New Zealand writers' exchange

New Zealand's literary exchange with China continues with the opportunity of a eight week residency in Shanghai for a New Zealand writer run by the Shanghai Writers’ Association  in September and October 2018.  Applications closed on 30th April 2018.

The successful writer will receive free accommodation in an inner-city apartment, a small stipend for living expenses and return economy class air travel.

New Zealand's literary exchange with China 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, three 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 then in 2015 acclaimed novelist Xiao Bai from Shanghai was the second Rewi Alley fellow. Last year Yin Jian Ling held the two-month residency. Yin is a poet, essayist, novelist, literary critic, illustrator and translator; a versatile Chinese writer of children’s literature, who has covered a wide range of subjects

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 Programme 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'.

In 2016 Heidi North Bailey was the recipient of the exchange. Heidi said at the time:

‘I’m having a marvellous, stimulating and productive time. The Shanghai Writers' Programme has organised some thoughtful activities for us including visiting a writer's home, and we have participated in several stimulating cross-cultural literary discussions. 

But I am also having plenty of time to put hands to keyboard and write. Being here is such a gift’. 

For more on Heidi’s exchange see:








 View from the centre

Devonport village