IronRodArt – Royce Bair (“Star Shooter”) via photopin cc
When I was little, I used to play a game called “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?” (Did anyone else used to play this?). You had to follow Carmen around the world as she pulled off clever heists and other crimes in exotic locations. It was a great way to learn geography!
These days, I feel a little bit like Carmen (minus the crime). I’ve been away from Sydney so much that it’s a case of “Where in the world is Valerie Khoo?”
Regular readers will know that I’ve been doing a lot of work in Melbourne as the Australian Writers’ Centre has launched there. I’ve been loving every minute of it and I can’t wait to meet everyone who has enrolled in our upcoming February courses.
So here’s a peek into what’s coming up. If you’re going to the same events, come say HI and connect.
MELBOURNE WellbeingWeb event – Sunday 3 February
WelbeingWeb is the brainchild of the talented Rhiannon Colarossi. When I first met Rhiannon, her business hadn’t even started yet. So I’m thrilled that her passion for empowering women has become a reality. One of her first events is detailed below and features bespoke stationery creator Christina Re. (And you know that I’m a sucker for stationery!)
Even better, it’s being held at Christina Re Tea Tooms – a place I’ve been meaning to go to ever since I saw the gorgeous pictures of it online. If you’re interested in going, here are details of the event …
WHO:Rhiannon Colarossi from The Wellbeing Web
WHAT: Celebrating Women’s Wellbeing over High Tea (with a glass of champagne)
WHERE: Cristina Re Tea Rooms, Corner of Oxford St and Langridge St Collingwood
WHEN: Sunday, 3rd February, 2013
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS: Cristina Re & Julie Parker
Come along and enjoy the festivities. There will be awesome giveaways and a parting thank you gift for everyone.
MELBOURNE Writers’ Club – Monday 4 February
Now that we’ve launched in Melbourne, I’m keen to get involved in the wonderful writing community here. Melbourne Writers’ Club is a free networking group organised by Sandi Seiger, editor-in-chief of Onya Magazine.
It’s held every month at The Honey Bar in South Melbourne, which is a fabulous place (with yummy food).
Melbourne by night Linh_rOm via photopin cc
Melbourne Writers’ Club are hosting a meet-up in February and they have kindly asked me to speak at it!
It’s a great, informal network where writers can get together, share resources and stay connected.
Time: From 6pm
Date: Monday 4 February 2013
Where: The Honey Bar, 345 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne
Cost: Free (but you buy your own drinks/food)
MELBOURNE: How to write a business book – Friday 8 February
One of the iconic trams of Melbourne Phil Ostroff via photopin cc
Yes, the rumours are true. This is my last ever seminar on “How to write a business book”. I LOVE teaching this seminar but I’m increasingly finding that business owners want one-on-one guidance with their business books. I had to make a decision on whether to continue with the seminars – or focus on mentoring entrepreneurs about their specific book.
So this is the last time I’m going to reveal stats, tricks, and all the strategies I implemented to ensure my book Power Stories debuted as a the number 2 business book in Australia. Well, it’s the last time it’s going to be revealed in a public forum anyway.
Time: 9.30m to 1pm
Date: Friday 8 February
Where: The Blackman Hotel, 452 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
SYDNEY Healthivate conference – Saturday 2 March
The Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House Linh_rOm via photopin cc
I’m excited to be speaking at this blogger’s conference for health and wellbeing. Here some information about the conference:
Healthivate is a health activist blogger conference with a focus on Health & Wellbeing to be held in Sydney on Saturday March 2, 2013. Hear Twitter’s Claire Diaz Ortiz speak (she’s literally the one who got the Pope on Twitter), # 1 US Mum Blogger Jessica Gottlieb, Lyndey Milan, Jason Berek Lewis and more. Lots of fun experiences throughout the day. The themes Healthivate encompasses include: Eating Well. Living Well. Giving To Others and the power of the blogger – Movement Building. With an influence reach of over 15 million blog views per month Healthivate is a hallmark event. Tickets are just $150.00 so don’t miss out. Each blogger attending will also take home a weeks supply of Macro Product – only available at Woolworths, as a special gift plus delicious recipes to try. Enjoy the atrium display before the event. Details and tickets www.healthivate.com
SYDNEY Content Marketing World – Monday 4 March to Wednesday 6 March
Sydney by night acagamic (Lennart Nacke) via photopin cc
I’m a big fan of content marketing. It’s how I built my business. If you’re want a peek into how this was done, check out The PR Warrior’s interview with me here.
I think that it’s an powerful tool that can be used by business owners who may not have the budget to produce fancy television commercials or secure major billboards around town.
So I can’t wait to soak up all the insights and ideas at Content Marketing World, which is being held in Sydney this year!
Dates: Monday 4 March – Wednesday 6 march 2013
Where: Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW
If your’e going to be at one of these events, come say HI!