November Main Line Writers Group - John Dixon on his novel and new TV Series

The NOVEMBER Main Line Writers Group meeting - Wednesday, November 20 - Phoenix Island and Intelligence: How a Previously Unpublished Novelist Landed a Two-Book Deal and a TV Series


For nearly two decades, John Dixon taught language arts at Springton Lake Middle School in Media, Pa, during which time he published thirty-some stories and began working on novels. Now, John is a full-time novelist and a consultant for ABC Studios. His YA thriller Phoenix Island (Simon & Schuster, January 21st, 2014) inspired the upcoming CBS TV series Intelligence, which premiers February 24th, starring Josh Holloway, Marg Helgenberger, and Megan Ory. 

Our meeting place is Michael's Restaurant Deli in King of Prussia, just north of The King of Prussia Mall on Rt 202. The address is 130 Town Center Road in King of Prussia,[masked]-3265. The meeting officially starts at 7:00 pm but many of us come early (around 6:00 pm) to eat and socialize a bit - but you can order your meal at any time during the meeting. We use a private room and the acoustics are great. You'll have no problem hearing our speakers or each other.

Just a reminder that you can order a scrumptious meal at Michael's off their extensive menu. We don't get charged for the great room, but Michaels does have the expectation that attendees will order a meal. It is a fair expectation and the meals are very reasonably priced.

Mark your calendar for every third Wednesday of the month. Feel free to tell others and bring a friend or two.

As usual, any questions, please contact me, Gary Zenker, at[masked] or [masked]. We are all looking forward to seeing you there.

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  • Penny

    Great meeting, and excellent speaker John Dixon. To hear someone tell their story of stick-to-it-ness for years and years, and find success was highly inspirational. Thank you Gary Zenker for running such a great group!

    4 · November 20, 2013

    • Gary Z.

      Thank you for the kind words! It is my pleasure!

      December 18, 2013

  • Martha N.

    John Dixon was a wonderful speaker. The story of his triumphs and disasters and yet continued persistence as a writer really was inspiring. I walked away from the meeting KNOWING that I need to do more, to be true to myself, and to write, write, write. Thanks, John.

    November 25, 2013

  • Stuart R.

    Great meeting. Mr. Dixon was an excellent speaker and was willing to talk to people after the meeting. He was very informative and entertaining. Best of luck to him on his future writings and on his pilot airing in January.

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • Judy D.

    Excellent speaker, great group of writers and the food was delicious. I enjoyed the diversity of the introductions of so many wonderful writers.

    November 21, 2013

  • lorinda l.

    Gotta love someone who shares their writing history starting with the 2nd grade! OMG, what fun. In a self-effacing way John Dixon revealed his magic BREW to be commitment, INTELLIGENCE, smart choices, and hard work (sorry about the corny subliminal promos). Yet, as we listened to his heartfelt journey, it became apparent that he is one heck of a natural story teller. Another great night at MLWG!!

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Brian M.

    It was an excellent evening with a fantastic speaker. Listening to John's years of hard work and how they finally are coming to fruition (in ways he had only hoped for) definitely inspired all in the room.

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Gary Buehler, S.

    After hearing John Dixon's hazard filled journey to success at last night's meeting, I now have a greater appreciation for writers. They have to be some of the bravest people I have ever known. Writing seems to be the easiest part and everything else that is required to be successful is the really hard part. I seriously doubt I have that drive within me to even attempt to make such a journey. It goes without saying I am impressed with John's hard earned success, but I am more in awe of the easy to like person he seems to be. He is the underdog everyone wants to root for. At the end of the meeting I had the pleasure of chatting with John and came away with the feeling that he is a really nice guy. He could have blown me off, but he didn't, because he's just not that kind of guy.

    4 · November 21, 2013

  • June M.

    Fantastic meeting last night!! John Dixon was a wonderful speaker - his insight into his novel and TV series was, to say the least, inspiring!!! One of the best meetings I've been to.

    2 · November 21, 2013

  • jennifer

    First meetup and the group exceeded my expectations. The speaker, John Dixon's candor and insight on his process is inspirational and intriguing. Best wishes for continued success.

    3 · November 21, 2013

    • Gary Z.

      Thanks for the kind words, Jennifer! We hope you will come back often and that we wow you every time.

      1 · November 21, 2013

  • Gary Z.

    Thank you John Dixon for taking the time to speak to a very full room. John offered his personal history and insights into writing and it was incredibly interesting! And thanks to everyone who came to the meeting. We are blessed with an amazing group of people!

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Alecia M.

    This was a wonderful meetup. John was an engaging speaker and very candid about his experiences. It was great to get insight into all the ups and downs he has had on the road to his current successes.

    I think the energy was also a bit amped up in the group last night with the Unclaimed Baggage author signings. I was not able to make the launch party, so it was nice to see the work in print! Chuck Wendig had a Promo Rodeo on his blog this week, so I threw a shout out for Unclaimed Baggage as well as Phoenix Island, so hopefully that will help give the books a boost.

    4 · November 21, 2013

  • Joshua E.

    Typo I didn't catch in time. Needed to "produce" continual victory.

    2 · November 21, 2013

  • Joshua E.

    I'm thankful for the blend of transparency and genuiness that John exuded as he spoke. It was a combination that not only illuminated evidence of battles engaged, lost, and won, but also afforded me an invaluable glimpse into the way of a fighter. A fighter who though they may have been battered and started to teeter along the way, still dug deep for the fortitude needed to continual victory.

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Susanna R.

    John was a great presenter. The story of his book and movie deals was very interesting and it was great to have an insider's look at the process.

    3 · November 20, 2013

  • Elizabeth S.

    Really great meeting tonight. Speaker was wonderful.

    2 · November 20, 2013

  • Gary Z.

    Thank you John Dixon for taking the time to speak to a very full room. John offered his personal history and insights into writing and it was incredibly interesting! And thanks to everyone who came to the meeting. Always a great group!

    3 · November 20, 2013

  • Bill M.

    John Dixon was incredible! These meetings just keep getting better and better. But John has set the bar pretty high for future speakers.

    3 · November 20, 2013

  • Kate D.

    What a lovely person. Open, honest, helpful, and interesting. I am so happy for his success, and so happy that you got him for the meeting. Good going, guys!!!

    4 · November 20, 2013

  • Julie D.

    Another stellar speaker. It was simultaneously terrifying and inspiring to hear John talk about how much time and work go into an 'overnight success' like his :)

    4 · November 20, 2013

  • Carol

    An excellent presentation. John seems to be an unusual combination of talent and humility. Very inspiring.

    4 · November 20, 2013

  • Joshua E.

    "Unclaimed Baggage" was engrossing. It not only led to me telling my annoying phone to "shut the hell up" as I heaved it over at the wall, but it also kept me refusing to budge from my chair in responding to the badgering knocks on my door of escalating intensity. It's just been awhile since I've read a book that's captivated me to such an extent.

    8 · October 28, 2013

    • Joshua E.

      I'm a little slow and inept when it comes to navigating to other sites. I'm sorry. I'll make sure to go on there right now and do it.

      2 · November 20, 2013

    • Julie D.

      Wow, if only my kids responded to my nagging as obediently...

      2 · November 20, 2013

  • Janice O.

    Haven't been able to come since July so really looking forward to coming.

    1 · November 18, 2013

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