Hi, I’m Dan. My full name is Daniel Jack Nixon, and DJ has been one of my nicknames since birth. I’m a storyteller, educator, producer and writer working predominantly in the areas of children’s television, youth theatre and family content. I’m the owner and director of the story education company Melbourne Young Writers’ Studio www.mywritersstudio.com.au and co-founded the kids and family media company Pirate Size Productions www.piratesizeproductions.com . I’ve worked on a wide variety of children’s and family projects both locally and globally and together with my production company have sold original series to some of the biggest broadcasters in the world.
I’m passionate about story education and exloring ideas around narrative self and identity formation. I also teach screenwriting, storytelling and communication at the Victorian College of the Arts and RMIT, and have taught at Victoria Universtity and JMC Academy as well.
A bit about this site… I originally started djnixonwriter.com.au as simple way to display select excerpts of my own writing and pitch my services as a writer. However, as the bulk of my work has shifted over the years I now find myself in a position where most of my writing is under licence or owned by other people/companies (including by my own company Pirate Size Productions). As such I’ve decided to shift the focus of this site and dedicate it to my enduring love of children’s and family entertainment. I expect it will be a gradually expanding project, but I hope it wont be too long before you’ll find this site populated with interesting interviews, reviews and writings.
If there are shows you would like me to review, or ideas for interviews you would like me to arrange then I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
F.A.Q’s for D.J.N:
C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, JK Rowling, Roald Dahl, Philip Pullman, Michael Leunig, Michael Dante Dimartino and Bryan Konietzko, Philippa Boyens, Kazu Kibuishi.
Sing Street, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Waking Ned Divine, Singing in the Rain, Boy, Hugo, Flight of the Navigator, Pirates of the Caribbean (first film only!), Hunt for the Wilder People, Into the Wild
Favourite TV series?
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Happy Valley, Stranger Things, Gavin and Stacey, The Detectorists, Round the Twist
Mountains, Rivers, Forests, Bookshops, Pubs
Very favourite place?
Mt Buffalo National Park