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. 
Michael King  Symbol

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. 

  • Newsflash

  • Applications for the Randell Cottage residency in Wellington close on November 6. Details here.  Applications for the 2016 residencies at the Michael King Writers' Centre have now closed. The successful applicants will be announced before December. 

  • Applications for the 2015 Chris Cole Catley Writing Awards for Poetry and Prose are now open. All senior secondary school students in the Auckland region are welcome to submit their work. Details here

  • New Zealanders at War: Writing War is the topic for this year's Michael King Writers' Centre residential workshop, to be held at Vaughan Park over Labour weekend. We have a wonderful programme, featuring Chris Pugsley and Patricia Grace. Details are here

  • Our current writer in residence is Rochelle Bright, who holds the six-month University of Auckland Residency at the MKWC. Rochelle works in crossover drama. She wrote the hugely-successful Daffodils which is touring the country. Her latest work The Deliberate Disappearance of My Friend Jack Hartnett recently premiered at Q Theatre in Auckland.  Rochelle  holds the University of Auckland Residency to work on the libretto for a theatre/indie opera crossover drama about Neil Roberts, the punk anarchist who blew himself up outside the Wanganui police computer in 1982. More about Rochelle can be found here

  • Signals, the literary journal for writers from our Young Writers Programme, is on sale through the Michael King Writers' Centre at $10 per copy, including post. Email to place your order. Here's Cecilia Xu reading her poem from the book "When I say I want to get to know you, I really mean this" .  

  • Latest News

  • Executive Director applications invited
  • Chris Cole Catley Writing Awards
  • Coming/Recent Events

  • Rochelle Bright: From Opera to Anarchy
    01 October 2015 - 7.30 pm
  • In Conversation: Tessa Duder and Iain Sharp
    27 September 2015
  • In Conversation: Tracey Barnett and David Slack
    23 August 2015