Arlington Hts. author credits library for first novel

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

The library also has a writers group called The Poetry Place.