Valerie Khoo


This is the personal blog of Valerie Khoo – artist, author and podcaster. Valerie is passionate about exploring the worlds of creativity and business. She is co-host of the popular podcasts ‘So you want to be a writer’ and ‘So you want to be a photographer’. Valerie is a mentor to artists, writers and business owners on how they can turn their passions into thriving professional practices. She is author of ‘Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business’. Valerie is also CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, one of the world’s leading centres for writing courses.

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  1. Jasmin Tragas

    Love that you are embracing the dual citizenship idea. I have heard of people in the US doing a similar thing in the US with east coast/west coast. There must have been a lot to think about with your lovely pets too – guessing you are not planning to double up on them! Hope to see you sometime either Yarra Valley way or at the Convent!

    1. valeriekhoo

      Oh there is no substitute for my furry babies. But they should definitely get their own frequent flyer cards Jasmin!

  2. Stacy Nelson

    What a great article! I’m totally sympathetic about the internet situation. It’s even harder when you’re using public services. I’ve spent the last 4 months traveling – beach bumming in Thailand, cosying up with locals in Vietnam and camping around New Zealand – and Australia not only has the worst service, it’s the most expensive too, by a long way!

    1. valeriekhoo

      Scary isn’t it? Australia is going to become technological backwater unless this improves. Although moving to a beach in Thailand could be tempting …

  3. Nicole Avery

    Really enjoyed this post Valerie. I love having opportunities to speak in Sydney – the weather is generally so much better. But I love my black and love Melbourne. I think there would be some distinct advantages of having dual citizenship.

    1. valeriekhoo

      Yes, and wardrobes are so much simpler in Sydney because of the weather. This layering thing is a whole new skill I’m yet to master!

  4. Sue White

    Hey Val, loved the post. Totally get the multi-level parking bit. I fast learned as a travel writer that frequent travel for work turns decidedly unromantic objects tools into blissful delights faster than you can say “hurry up nbn”. Speaking of slow internet, my German houseguest currently complaining (politely) about my Sydney internet speed. The video thing is killing him even though I keep saying “honest, this is as fast as it gets here”. Now I will tell him “hey, at least I don’t live in the Yarra!”

    1. valeriekhoo

      Yahuh. It just took me 20 minutes to watch a 5 minute video this morning!

  5. Colleen Filippa

    Hi Valerie, saw you at the Abbotsford Convent & it took me a little while to twig that you are now in Melbourne running your course down here. Can’t remember what your were wearing, but you looked ‘the part’. Welcome to Vic.

    1. valeriekhoo

      Thanks Colleen. It’s great to be able to spend more time in Melbourne. I was probably wearing something really warm!