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. Kelly Exeter

    Is it terrible to play favourites? Because I think Dougal is my favourite! Merry Christmas to you and your gorgeous fur children Val. And quite frankly, I am exhausted after the year you’ve had 😉

    1. valeriekhoo

      You can’t talk. You’re everywhere Kelly! Have a fantastic break and I bet I see even more of you in the new year. I LOVE your manifestos. My fave one is stuck right next to my desk.

  2. Lisa Gorman

    Great news and what a fab summary of a top year for you Valerie and the AWC (I’m still getting used to the new name!).
    I’ve been to Blogging for Beginners, I’ve bought 3 copies of your book and given away 2, I’ve lusted after Travel Writing in Ubud (having returned from there in October!) and have gone a long way in developing website content, blogging topics and business planning which will all support my new brand in 2013.
    I didn’t mentioned I’ve applied for Masters of Education (Leadership) with UWS too so there will be even more writing on the cards.
    Can’t wait for it all.
    Thanks for being one of a number of entrepreneurial woman that have done so much to inspire me to ACT NOW in 2012 and continue to step ahead in the future!
    Blessings to you at Christmas Valerie!
    Lisa G

    1. valeriekhoo

      Wow. Your summary makes me feel lazy. Here’s to an even bigger and more fulfilling 2013 Lisa!

  3. Al McKillop

    An amazing year, you are a great inspiration, but there are some basics you need to focus on in 2013. Firstly, learn to cook a steak properly and secondly, make time to drink good whisky 🙂 Get those two right and the world is your oyster. Happy Christmas and have a fantastic New Year. Slainte. Al & Nadia

    1. valeriekhoo

      Yeah the steak thing … it’s a challenge. The whisky, I’ll nail that one. You two have an awesome Christmas and NY too.

  4. Vanessa Carnevale

    Loved reading through this Valerie! Here’s to a brilliant 2013 xox

    1. valeriekhoo

      I’m thinking that 2013 will be fab for both of us. Hope our paths cross again soon 🙂

  5. Ernie Nemec

    To our Val! Write, Read, Laugh & Live. Cheers to a great 2013.

    1. valeriekhoo

      Thanks Ernie. I like that mantra. Same to you!

  6. Mick Baker

    Love reading about your adventures/ accomplishments. Hopefully you are going to SXSW again in 2013. Can’t wait to check it out..

    1. valeriekhoo

      Wish I was going Mick. But I’m thinking I’ll skip this year and head back in 2014 🙂