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

    Love this Valerie – I think I might have to get my own business birth story down on paper soon!

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Can’t wait to read it Kelly!

  2. allconsuming

    I REMEMBER when you were starting Sydney Writers’ Centre and the frustration you were feeling that noone was offering the services, the courses, the space to help you be what you wanted to be. That fire in your belly is intoxicating Val but seeing you at that stage in your life? Pretty darn inspiring.

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Geez, that was almost seven years ago. Those seven years flew by in what feels like an instant!

  3. Elizabeth Ball

    Terrific article, Valerie! Thanks to your tips, I’ve just updated my business “birth” story in my About Us section, detailing why I discovered people wouldn’t consider giving astrology reports as personalised gifts after receiving a cheap, plastic one that I would have been too embarrassed to show anyone. This drove me to create beautiful BabyStars and LoveStars reports that people would be delighted to receive!

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Thanks Elizabeth. Sometimes, we hide our passions behind what we think that our websites or business brochures should say. But in fact, our “passion story” (the reason why we do what we do) can be the most powerful of all.