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SE­CUR­ING a spot with the Perth In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val’s Young Cre­atives pro­gram is on par with get­ting a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Choco­late Fac­tory, says South Perth res­i­dent Katie McAl­lis­ter.

Hope­ful writer McAl­lis­ter (18) is one of just six arts en­thu­si­asts ac­cepted into the com­pet­i­tive pro­gram, join­ing other as­pir­ing per­form­ers, tech­ni­cians, writ­ers, film­mak­ers and vis­ual artists.

Dur­ing PIAF, the pro­gram will help the Young Cre­atives forge a ca­reer in the arts by pro­vid­ing first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence and ac­cess to some of the best pro­fes­sion­als in the in­dus­try.

McAl­lis­ter said she was deeply grate­ful for the end­less op­por­tu­ni­ties the pro­gram would pro­vide.

“It will let you ask ques­tions that are pointed and di­rect to peo­ple who have spe­cific and use­ful an­swers, or who’ve been in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion and can share ad­vice on how to take the next step,” she said.

“We will have the beau­ti­ful op­por­tu­nity to speak to artists work­ing in our cho­sen field, at­tend shows and meet the in­cred­i­ble team be­hind the scenes that bring PIAF to life.”

While McAl­lis­ter stud­ies eco­nom­ics at UWA, she said her other dream of be­com­ing a writer was not some­thing she chose.

“At the risk of sound­ing a bit dra­matic, I don’t think you want to be a writer, you kind of need to be one or just find you are one,” she said.

“I guess I want to just be a good writer, one that lets you think about things from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.

“There are a lot of un­told sto­ries in our re­cent his­tory that have valu­able lessons. I would love to tar­get adults and teenagers but I’m re­luc­tant to put read­ers into cat­e­gories.”

Par­tic­i­pants in the Young Cre­ative pro­gram will blog about their ex­pe­ri­ences, and McAl­lis­ter said she was look­ing for­ward to be­ing able to ded­i­cate some time to both writ­ing and learn­ing.

McAl­lis­ter will at­tend the Perth Writ­ers Fes­ti­val talks and work­shops, go be­hind the scenes to meet best-sell­ing au­thor Lisa Gen­ova and shadow the team to learn about the pub­lish­ing in­dus­try.

To keep up with her ex­pe­ri­ence, visit perth­fes­ti­val.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme­mu­ni­ d449170

Writer Katie McAl­lis­ter at home in South Perth.

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