Deborah Shepard has written a blog about her time at the Michael King Writers' Centre in Autumn 2013. Her blog includes an extract from her journal Writing Your Heart Out.
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 30 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.
The four writers selected for our 2015 residencies have been announced. Details here.
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.
- Diverse projects selected for 2015 residency programme
- Rochelle Bright awarded 2015 University of Auckland Residency at the MKWC
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16 November 2014 - 2 pm
- Small Stories from Two Decades - Michele Leggott
12 November 2014 - 6 pm
- State of Play
09 November 2014 - 4 pm