My life in a minute: Breakfast with Twitter, Power Stories to launch in Brazil, Join our Summer School

Adorable Rocky patiently waits to be let in


I’m usually a hermit. I love nothing more than being cocooned at home with my furry babies. Here are a couple of gratuitous pics (above and below).


Sweet little Rambo


However, my diary had other plans for me this week. So what’s been on the agenda?

Power Stories to launch in Brazil
Big news this week is that my book Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business will be launched in Brazil. The publishers are busy translating it into Portuguese as you read this.

I can’t wait to see the version they sell in Brazil. I won’t be able to read a word of it – but I’m sure I’ll be excited anyway!



Breakfast with Twitter
Sean Callanan at @SportsGeek organised breakfast at the SCG with Mike Brown, Twitter’s head of international growth, this week. Twitter is expanding its reach here. My friends know that getting me to an early breakfast appointment is nothing short of a miracle. Getting me to the SCG is an even bigger one.

Nevertheless, it was worthwhile to hear from the likes of Mike, Wendell Sailor (yes, he’s massive), Scott Dools (yes, he’s funny) and Shaynna Blaze (yes, she’s gorgeous).


With the gorgeous Shaynna Blaze at the Twitter breakfast.


The CEO Awards
As a whisky lover, I was particularly chuffed that one of the sponsors of the CEO Awards (held at Doltone House in Sydney) was Johnny Walker Gold Label 18 year old scotch whiskey. Needless to say, we managed to sample some.



Ah Johnny Walker Gold Label 18 year old scotch whiskey ... nectar of the gods


Sydney Writers’ Centre meetup
This week, we had our final meetup for 2012. It was awesome! I love our community of graduates and those who are interested in all things related to writing. We converged on the Kirribilli Club, raised some money for Doggie Rescue, heard from our guest speaker literary agent Sophie Hamley and committed our writing goals on a giant canvas.


With the talented Karen Adamedes, author of Hot Tips for Career Chicks at #swcmeetup


With Christina Butcher (blogger at, and


Everyone's writing goals for 2013


Making music
Regular readers of my blog and tweets will know how much I love Sonos. When I first got this installed, I thought it was an indulgence. Now I couldn’t live without it. If you haven’t heard of it, Sonos is a music system that enables you to stream music (and podcast, or audiobooks and such) wirelessly to any room in the house.

You can choose different music to play in different rooms. And you can control it all through your iPhone, iPad or a handheld controller. You can also stream music wirelessly from a range of music services including Spotify and Rhapsody.



I got my first Sonos installed years ago, and it changed the way I thought about how we all consume music and other audio programs. As I listen to countless podcasts through my Sonos system, it was instrumental in pushing me to create our own podcast series at the Sydney Writers’ Centre.

So I was thrilled when Tony Hollingsworth invited me to attend the recent Sonos event with other Sonos-loving peeps at the Lair at the Metro in Sydney. Think of it as a music-lover-geek-fest.

Women’s Network Australia Christmas Party
And finally I went to the Women’s Network Australia Christmas party where I won this! Happy!



Join our Summer School
We also launched our Summer School program at the Sydney Writers’ Centre. Summer is a glorious time to be in Sydney. And it’s a stunning time to be at the Centre because we’re right on the harbour, on the edge of one of Sydney’s most beautiful parks and the view is nothing short of priceless.

So you’ll have no shortage of inspiration when it comes to getting your creative juices flowing. Start your new year off with a bang and join one of our Summer School classes. This is ideal if you want to learn in an intensive session so that you can really kickstart your writing goals for 2013. I recommend booking early as these courses often book out!


The stunning view we get to enjoy every day


OK so that’s it. I’m exhausted. See you next week!

About Valerie Khoo

Valerie Khoo is founder and national director of the Australian Writers' Centre, the country's leading centre for writing courses. She is a journalist, blogger and author. Her latest book is "Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business" (Wiley). Valerie is a keynote speaker, small business commentator, and investor and mentor to startups and businesses in Australia.
  • Cheryl Lin

    Valerie, you are incredible! How exciting to see Power Stories going to Brazil; does this mean travel for you? I know some ace people there I’d love to try connect you with if so (if theyre in the country, they travel lots too)…
    And I’d love to hear more about SWC plans for Melbourne, please! I love the course I did and am jealous I can’t make the catch ups that you have in Sydney!

    Thank you for inspiring!

    • valeriekhoo

      Ooooh a launch in Rio! So happy to hear that you enjoyed your course with us. We’ll be having Melbourne catchups too in 2013 :)