Clay artist and one of our regular visiting writers, Barry Brickell, was interviewed on Radio New Zealand in the lead-up to a major retrospective exhibition at the Dowse Art Gallery. He is a special friend of the Michael King Writers' Centre. The interview can be found here

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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

  • Graphic artist and author Sarah Laing is teaching a zine and comics course at Studio One Toi Tu in Ponsonby. This is a rare opportunity for those who love to combine words, image and design. Details here. 

  • Applications for the Janet Frame Award for Literature close on October 31. Details available from the NZ society of Authors. 

  • Applications for the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship for 2015 close on October 24. Details can be found here

  • Applications for the Michael King Writers' Centre residency programme in 2015 have now closed. More than 85 writers have submitted applications. The selections will be announced by mid-November.

  • 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