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 37 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.
Warmest congratulations from all at MKWC to David Eggleton, who has been named winner of the 2016 Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in poetry. David is one of our alumni having held a residency in 2009.
The awards recognise notable literary achievement by New Zealand writers who have made a significant contribution to New Zealand literature in the genres of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Creative New Zealand's list of all previous winners 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" .
- 2017 Michael King Writers’ Centre Residencies
- NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants Now Open for Applications
- Poetry Camp 2016
06 November 2016 - 1pm to 3.30pm
- Our Annual Residential Workshop
22 October 2016
- Vivienne Plum - Public Presentation
28 September 2016 - 5.00-6.30pm
- Dine and Celebrate with Fiona Kidman
12 September 2016 - 6.30pm for 7pm
- In Conversation: David Hastings and Iain Sharp
28 August 2016 - 3 pm
- The Divine Muses XIII Poetry Reading
26 August 2016 - 6.30 pm- 8:00 pm