In the rise of mist from the estuary and the fall of rain, in the movements of the incoming and outgoing tides, I see a reflection of the deepest mystery and most sustaining pattern in all of life: that of arrival and departure, of death and regeneration - Michael King Being Pakeha Now.
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.
Our current writer-in-residence is Alice Miller, who is working on a novel.
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.
The centre has recently developed a writers' exchange with China and this year will invite applications for a New Zealand writer to take part in the 2014 Shanghai Writers' Programme.
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.
A New Zealand writer will have the opportunity to be selected for the Shanghai International Writers' Programme - a partnership between the Michael King Writers' Centre and the NZ China Friendship Society. Applications close on March 7. Details here.
Writing Your Heart Out with Deborah Shepard - an exciting series of master classes at the Michael King Writers' Centre starting in March.
Signals 2013, the literary journal for young writers, was launched in Auckland in December. It features works by 16 young writers who took part in the Michael King Young Writers Programme, supported by Creative New Zealand. Details here.
ELEANOR CATTON wrote the final draft of her Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries while she held a six-month residency at the Michael King Writers' Centre in 2012.
Our current writer in residence is Alice Miller, who holds the eight-week Summer Residency to work on a novel.
- Traffic cones for Christchurch
- Young Writers Fiction course with Eleanor Catton
- Mairangi Writers talk about independent publishing
09 March 2014 - 2 pm
- Sharing Aotearoa: The People, The Land, The Story
06 March 2014 - From 7 pm
- Poetry and Picnic in the Garden - Auckland Anniversary Day
27 January 2014 - 11 am to 4 pm