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interviewed by Chris Laidlaw on Radio New Zealand National after the publication of The Silence Beyond, a selection of unpublished writing by Michael King.

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

  • It's application season for NZ writers. Applications for the 2015 residency programme at the Michael King Writers' Centre close on October 10. Details here.  Applications are also open for the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship for 2015. Details can be found here

  • The Michael King Writers' Centre offers four supported residencies for NZ writers in 2015. The Summer, Autumn and Maori Writer's Residencies are eight weeks, with an $8,000 stipend and free accommodation. The University of Auckland Residency is for six months, with accommodation and a $30,000 stipend/salary. Details are here

  • Young writers throughout the Auckland region are invited to submit their work for the Chris Cole Catley Writing Awards. The awards are open to all senior secondary students (Years 11, 12 and 13) across the Auckland region, with prizes for poetry, prose and lyrics. Entries close on Tuesday October 14. Details are 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Latest News

  • Auckland Museum Research Grants 2015
  • Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship 2015 - applications open
  • Coming/Recent Events

  • A Tangled Web
    28 September 2014 - 4 pm
  • 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