Online Fiction Course –
Playing with Poetry in Fiction
with S K Perry

Poet and fiction writer S K Perry, whose debut novel 'Let Me Be Like Water' will be published by Melville House in Spring 2018, leads a course that will encourage participants to inject new energy and playfulness into their prose, encouraging the borrowing of poetic techniques for fiction projects. 

What will we do on the course? 

Writing poetry to help us zoom in on specific moments in a prose project, and writing pieces of prose that pay poetic attention to language and its musicality. The course will encourage thinking about poetic rhythm as a way of developing character voice; imagery as a way of depicting emotional impact; and the use of form and line breaks as a way to hold a reader’s attention through narrative progression, thinking about the ways all of these things can feed into a prose project.

This course will both generate new parts of a prose project you may be working on, and give a fresh lens with which to edit and enliven existing work. We’ll be looking at poets who tell stories in their work, and prose writers whose work is full of imagery and linguistic play.

Who is the course for?
Fiction writers who:
– Want to experiment with poetry to feed their prose writing
– Are at the editing stage with a MS and want to be more playful with rhythm and language

– Want to use some writing exercises to get into a new project

Poets who:
– Are thinking about writing prose and want to play with some ideas

It would be best if you are working on a prose project of some kind or want to, as the course activities will deliberately feed into this project.

About Spread the Word’s discounted rates
London Writers Network members receive a 10% discount on Spread the Word’s paid programme of activities, and access to two free specially programmed London Writers Network events a year. You can find out more about the London Writers Network scheme here. If you are a London Writers Network member please login to receive your discount.

To see if you are eligible for a concessionary rate, please take a look at our concessions policy.

Course Timetable and Info 

Course tutor S K Perry will upload exercises and reading materials once a fortnight on the following dates;

Thursday 15 February
Thursday 1 March
Thursday 15 March

Assignments for each week will be due by the following Thursday, with feedback and discussion for the pieces written each week to take place between;

Assignment 1: Thursday 22 Feb - Wednesday 28 Feb
Assignment 2: Thursday 8 March - Wednesday 14 March
Assignment 3: Thursday 22 March – Wednesday 28 March

We ask that participants commit to providing feedback for at least 3 other course participants' work each feedback period. SK Perry will provide feedback on two of the pieces that you work on over the three sessions.

Although this is not concrete, to help with your planning we would suggest that completing each exercise will take a minimum of 3 hours, and creating and uploading feedback for the work of three people takes around 1 hour.

The course will take place online and will require you to have access to the internet in the times above. Because of this, we ask that you are confident with using simple online sharing platforms, or at least willing to explore with guidance from Spread the Word. Full instructions will be emailed to participants a week before the course starts. Although there will be no live chats, there will be opportunities to interact with other course participants via feedback and general discussion.

The course will run with a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 15.

If you have any additional queries or questions before signing up, please email

S K Perry

Poet, Fiction Writer and Course Tutor

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S K Perry is a fiction writer and poet from Croydon. In 2013 she was long-listed for London’s Young Poet Laureate and was Cityread Young Writer in Residence in Soho in 2014. Her writing has taken her all around the world leading creative writing workshops that develop emotional literacy, and explore mental health, memory, and healing from violence. She qualified on the Spoken Word Education Programme in 2015 with a distinction in the Goldsmiths Writer/Teacher MA, and is involved in mentoring young poets’ collectives in Hackney, Glasgow, and Tegucigalpa. She lives in London

Her first novel, Let Me Be Like Water, was shortlisted for the Mslexia Award and will be published by Melville House.