Valerie Khoo, Presenter

Valerie Khoo is an award-winning feature writer who is also CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre. She writes for a range of corporate and consumer publications and was previously a regular writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age for over 15 years. Valerie is also the author of six books. Her latest book is Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business.

She mentors feature writers who want to carve out a freelance writing career, and entrepreneurs and thought leaders who want to showcase their expertise in their own business book.

Valerie has worked at the three publishing giants – ACP Magazines (now Bauer Media), Pacific Magazines and EMAP – and currently works as a freelance editor for several consumer and corporate publications. Her work has also appeared in publications such as VoyeurSilver Kris, Australian Financial Review and The Age.

She is a former accountant with PwC but switched careers many years ago when she finally gave in to her passion for writing. Many of Valerie’s students end up successfully publishing their work and carving out careers as successful writers.

Before becoming a freelance writer 15 years ago, Valerie was features director for CLEO. For seven years, she was also the journalist behind the popular Enterprise blog on,,,, and

Along with Allison Tait, Valerie co-hosts the popular top-rating podcast “So you want to be a writer“.

She blogs at

Twitter: @valeriekhoo

Valerie teaches Freelance Writing Stage 1, Freelance Writing Masterclass Program and Professional Business Writing.

Valerie's work has appeared in:

Testimonials about this presenter

“Putting theory into practice was incredibly useful, as was the workshopping of story ideas and structures. Valerie was incredibly knowledgeable, and gave fantastic answers to all our questions. She was supportive, but also straight down the line when we were off the mark. A great balance.”

- Louise Errington

“Valerie’s vast knowledge and passion was evident in all of the sessions, and was a great inspiration. A well rounded, informative and highly practical course.”

- Sally Pater

“Valerie was a dynamic and knowledgeable presenter and the course itself was practical and inspirational. Excellent for any writer or wannabe writer who wants the skills and know-how to launch a freelance career. I now have theoretical and practical knowledge of the process of writing a feature article and getting it published. I have been inspired to pursue my passion for writing.”

- Samantha Lau

“I loved Valerie’s delivery – I could hear the genuine passion for her work in her voice. This was infectious and enhanced my learning. Valerie’s feedback was excellent and spot on. And thanks for taking the trouble to show us how to use a phone recording device. This is the same attention to detail which was apparent throughout the course. I have lots of practical knowledge which is new to me. I know how to tackle writing an article and how to improve it. Valerie has shown me a high standard to strive for.

“I liked the flexibility and convenience which meant I didn’t miss a module. Even better with the online course, I could replay the audio to take notes or repeat key points. The handouts and examples were carefully selected and perfectly illustrated the points of each module.”

- Marion Nicolson

“The Australian Writers’ Centre Magazine Writing course is a must if you plan to tackle the world of freelance writing. Valerie Khoo not only provides an excellent class structure and industry knowledge but her enthusiasm is so infectious that you can’t wait to get started! I’ve just had my first article published in the Autumn edition of My Child magazine and I’m hooked! Thank you so much for your invaluable class, advice and support.”

- Candace Goffin

Presenter for:

Freelance Writing Stage 1
Earn an income writing original content for magazines, online publications and more.
Freelance Writing Masterclass Program
This program takes the knowledge gained in our foundation courses and supercharges your career with ongoing mentoring from Valerie Khoo, practical weekly lessons, live video Q&A sessions, pitch feedback and much more!
Plain English Business Writing
Your one-day workshop in professional communication