The Max Margles Writing Residency

With ongoing international travel restrictions due to COVID-19, the 2020 Max Margles Writing Residency has been postponed. Writer Tracey Waddleton will now take up her Residency in Dublin in August 2022.

This page will have more information when the next call for submissions open.

In August 2022, fiction writer Tracey Waddleton will spend one month in St Patrick’s Park Lodge, Dublin, Ireland, for the first-ever Max Margles Writing Residency!

Tracey will spend four weeks in the Lodge: a self-contained artist’s residence and studio located in St Patrick’s Park, situated beside St Patrick’s Cathedral. The aim of the residency is to provide time and space for a Quebec writer to reflect, research, and write as they need.

The Residency includes:

  • Round-trip flights from Montreal, Quebec to Dublin, Ireland.
  • Accommodation at St Patrick’s Park Lodge, on the grounds of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland.
  • A stipend of $2,000 CAD for the writer.
  • Living expenses ($50 per day).
  • Travel and medical insurance.

About Max Margles

Max Margles loved to read. He was an in-depth reader, seeking out well-written and engrossing books, relevant and meaningful. He kept two Rolodex files – one arranged by author, the other arranged by title. On these small cards, in his meticulous printing (he was a structural engineer), he summarized the nature of the book, the plot, and provided his eloquent assessment of the work.

When Max died suddenly in 2004, his widow Roslyn looked for projects to endow in Max’s memory. Since the couple has no children, Roslyn carries on this mandate with vigour and pride. She established a Max Margles Endowment Fund at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal, sponsoring an annual lecture by outstanding literary authors. Recent guests have included Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Salman Rushdie, with Ian McEwan and Colson Whitehead coming to read in 2020.

We were delighted when Roslyn approached QWF to find out how she might support English-language literature in Quebec. After extensive research and intense – and enjoyable – discussions, Dublin, Ireland, was chosen as a location for the pilot project in 2020. If all goes well, Mrs. Margles is looking forward to establishing an endowment to support an annual Max Margles Writing Residency in this city rich with literary history.

The project will keep Max’s memory alive, provide an opportunity for Quebec writers to spend meaningful time in a space in which they can contemplate and create, and support a significant new contribution to English-language culture in Quebec.

The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to partner with the Irish Writers’ Centre, University College Dublin, MoLI (Museum of Literary Ireland) and Dublin City Council for this project.