Episode 145 – “Writing, Creativity And Business With Valerie Khoo!”

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Valerie Khoo

This week I had the pleasure to chat with Valerie Khoo, who is an extraordinary person who some how finds the time to write, run a national writer’s centre, is a professional speaker, blogger and podcast host. I try to find out how she does it all and keep a sane mind! We discuss how it all began, why accounting is not the ideal career for a writer, tips for newbies and much more.

Inspire. Create. Write.

You’ve heard of ‘writer’s block’. Well, think of the Australian Writer’s Centre as the complete opposite of writer’s block… a place where inspiration, encouragement and motivation don’t just reside – they thrive. This was certainly the aim of founder Valerie Khoo when she launched the Centre back in 2005. And since then, we’ve grown to a community of more than 23,000, with over 40 short courses running throughout the year!











Valerie also co-hosts: So You Want To Be A Writer Podcast.

Make sure you check out the Australian Writer’s Centre: 

Find your voice. Change your story.

Whatever your motivation, the Australian Writers’ Centre is the perfect place to take your writing to the next level. We proudly offer Australia’s most diverse range of writing courses – from memoirs to magazines, film scripts to food blogs, thrillers, travel writing, children’s books and more!

With locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, or anywhere via our awesome online writing courses, we’ve taught thousands of students since 2005 from all ages and backgrounds. Whether it’s a creative writing course, business writing seminar, or even getting your novel published, our industry experts can help you achieve your goals!

She blogs at valeriekhoo.com

Twitter: @valeriekhoo


Unintentional art. What do you pass by everyday that is not an eyesore, or not something to ignore, but art. What can you look at tomorrow that is art, not just “nothing?” Describe the unintentional art in your office or house.


Word of the week:

From Arlene Miller – our guest in March 2014

And author of the new The Best Grammar Workbook Ever

This is from Arlene’s Miller’s Weird and Wonderful Words Series found on her blog http://bigwords101.com/

kalology – noun – The study of (logy) which is one of those circular definitions that defines itself by its definition.

Tortured Sentences:

Both authors tone was very was if they really believed what they were trying to convey to you but if you’re and educated reader you will quickly know there is a lack of knowledge of the topic and you’re not one step closer to feeling the way they feel about both topics. 

Quote of the Week:

Do what you love and the money will follow – Valerie Khoo.

Shout Outs:

To our listener who gave us this feedback which is always much appreciated! Can email us podcast@newbiewriters.com

Your name: Kristin

I found your podcast today and I love it. Going back to listen to more. I was listening to one and you were talking about beta readers. I recently got into beta reading. I found a group on goodreads where writers and beta readers can connect.
Topic: Beta readers

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