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.
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.
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.
- Graphic novel exchange - applications invited
- Revamped CLNZ/NZSA Research grants open
- 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
- Always My Sister
11 June 2014 - 7 pm
- In Conversation....Joanne Drayton and Linda Tyler
23 May 2014 - 4 pm