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BWA Quarterly Writing Program

  • Boulder Public Library 1001 Arapahoe Avenue Boulder, CO, 80302 United States (map)

How to Gather Quality Research for Your Writing

When Polly McLean stumbled across a 1992 article in the Rocky Mountain News archive about the first black female graduate of CU—Lucile Berkeley Buchanan, it sparked her interest that this remarkable woman had been buried without a headstone. Who was this woman? How had her family come to Colorado? What challenges had she faced and overcome to enroll and get a degree from CU? These and dozens of other questions set Polly on a quest that lead to her book, Remembering Lucile: A Virginia Family’s Rise from Slavery and a Legacy Forged a Mile High.

If you are an aspiring author or researcher, there is much to gain from Polly’s perspective on the ins-and-outs of a complex research process, the archival opportunities in Colorado and beyond, why face-to-face contacts matter, how to work with acquisition editors, and the challenges you might face in the publishing process. Please join us for this fascinating discussion of a successful investigative research process.

Polly E. Bugros McLean is an Associate Professor (MA, Columbia; PhD, UT, Austin) who teaches in Media Studies and Ethnic Studies at CU-Boulder. Professor McLean has published in the areas of communication, popular culture, popular music of the world, racism, and anti-racism.

Join Us for the Program! We will be in the Boulder Creek room of the Boulder Public Library main branch.

To sign up, go to the Boulder Writers' Alliance MeetUp page.

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