A writers group at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library gets credit from Paula Burzawa for helping her write her first novel, "Seasons of Sun."
Burzawa had planned to write a memoir about her travels in Greece, but the members of The Writing Place helped her see it would work better as a novel.
The coming of age story that includes surviving a wild fire in Greece has received considerable attention, including a supporting blurb from noted Chicago author Harry Mark Petrakis.
"I was very lucky to find The Writing Place at the library," said Burzawa. "Meeting with 30 other writers I got the idea I was on the wrong path. And I got the idea to make it a novel."
She also used the library as a quiet place to write.
The website for Burzawa's book is Seasonsofsun.com.
The library also has a writers group called The Poetry Place.