THE MICHAEL KING WRITERS' CENTRE TRUST
Ros Ali is an experienced teacher of English and Creative Writing and one of New Zealands top teachers of creative writing. She leads the centre's Young Writers Programme with poet Johanna Emeney. She instituted the Writing Programme at Epsom Girls’ Grammar School, and more recently at St Cuthbert’s College, where she teaches Writing for Publication, a creative and media course for senior students. Her students have won and been placed in many local, national and international competitions, and have been widely published. Together with the late Dame Chris Cole Catley she has been involved with the Michael King Writers’ Centre workshops for young writers since 2008. She is a member of the BNZ Literary Awards Governance Group and has presented writing workshops at English conferences in Australia and NZ. Ros’ publications include Silver Road (2004), a collection of student writing spanning six years, and, more recently, a section in Bill Manhire and Chris Price’s The Exercise Book (2011). She and Jo Emeney co-edit Signals, the Michael King Writers' Centre literary journal for young writers, which was published for the first time in 2012. In 2013 she and Jo were invited to give a presentation on the Young Writers Programme at Creative New Zealand's national conference.
The centre aims to promote all aspects of New Zealand's literature, including fiction and non-fiction, and to recognise Michael King's stature as a writer, historian, biographer and someone who helped New Zealand understand its cultural roots.