Listen to Rachael King being interviewed by Chris Laidlaw on Radio New Zealand National after the publication of The Silence Beyond, a selection of unpublished writing by Michael King.
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 28 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.
Writing Your Heart Out with Deborah Shepard - a new series of writing classes in memoir will start in September for beginner writers. Details here.
Two new writers' residency opportunities have been announced - the three-month D'Arcy Writers' Residencies on Waiheke Island. Details here.
International Travel Fund grants for 2014-15 are now open for applications. The fund is designed to help showcase New Zealand writers and writing overseas at key international festivals and events. Applications close on August 29. Details here.
The sixth Michael King Writers' Centre residential workshop will be on publishing. Publishing Now will be held at Vaughan Park in Long Bay from November 1 to 3. Designed for writers, the workshop will bring together New Zealand's leading publishing experts and publishers for in-depth discussions about what is happening in publishing today. Applications are now open.
Our current writer in residence is novelist, poet and scriptwriter Anne Kennedy. Her most recent novel The Last Days of the National Costume is a finalist in the 2014 NZ Post Book Awards. She holds the six-month University of Auckland residency to work on a new novel.
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- Writing Your Heart Out with Deborah Shepard
- In Conversation...Anne Kennedy and Iain Sharp
24 August 2014 - 4 pm
- Libraries - to be or not to be
07 August 2014 - 7.30 for 8 pm
- In Conversation....Gaylene Preston and Deborah Shepard
27 July 2014 - 4 pm
- Journey to a Hanging with Peter Wells
22 July 2014 - 5.30 for 6 pm
- Māori Poets Celebrate Matariki
28 June 2014 - 4 pm
- Powhiri for Kelly Ana Morey
26 June 2014 - 7pm