History, culture & writing

We offer an extraordinary range of courses during the day, in the evening and at weekends, from the most popular subjects to the completely unique, including film studies, creative and non-fiction writing courses and American history courses. Many of our tutors are nationally recognised in their fields, including published authors, and practising professionals in the media. As a learner you can also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as the British Film Institute and close links with The British Museum, the London Transport Museum and many others. Want to speak to a member of the Humanities Team to find out more about our courses? Call us on 020 7492 2652 or email us on humanities@citylit.ac.uk.

Get in touch on 020 7831 7831 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm. 

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  1. City Lit reading group 1

    Course Date: Fri 7 Oct 2016
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read 'A God in Ruins' by Kate Atkinson. Monthly meetings on 7 Oct, 4 Nov, 2 Dec, 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 17 March, 5 May, 2 June and 30 June.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  2. City Lit reading group 2

    Course Date: Fri 14 Oct 2016
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read 'Mrs. Hemingway' by Naomi Wood. Monthly meetings take place on 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 9 Dec, 27 Jan, 24 Feb, 24 March, 12 May, 9 June and 7 July.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  3. City of words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections. 1st meeting point 4/5/2017: Green Park Tube station. Street level, Piccadilly South side.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  4. Classics evening lecture

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for our new series of talks by leading classicists on a wide variety of topics. You need no prior knowledge of classical languages or history - just bring your curiosity. Visit www.citylit.ac.uk/discovertheclassics for details.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £7.00
    Concession: £5.00

  5. Classics lunchtime talk

    Course Date: Thu 8 Jun 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for our new series of talks by leading classicists on a wide variety of topics. You need no prior knowledge of classical languages or history - just bring your curiosity. Visit www.citylit.ac.uk/discovertheclassics for details.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £7.00
    Concession: £5.00

  6. Contemporary American literature

    Course Date: Thu 8 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the American literary scene at the end of the twentieth century and into the new millennium. Discover writers who voice the concerns of modern society as well as reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the contemporary American character. Includes Don DeLillo's Falling Man and Bark by Lorrie Moore.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. Creation, Creature, Creativity

    Course Date: Sat 10 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how poetic representations of the creation and the principle of creativity have evolved over 3000 years. Trace these themes from scriptural texts, through Shakespeare, Milton, Romanticism and up to the present day.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Creative non fiction

    Course Date: Fri 5 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  9. Crime and punishment in medieval London

    Course Date: Sat 3 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Where were London’s red light districts? Where could you buy stolen goods or meet cross-dressing prostitutes? Learn where the prisons and pillories were located and identify some infamous criminals.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Crime writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 24 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills in crime writing and explore the techniques behind character, plot, dialogue, pacing and atmosphere. Benefit from stimulating writing exercises, feedback and encouragement.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Developing your writing

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This supportive workshop for writers with some experience will provide inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00

  12. Discovering Victorian London: empire, enterprise and education

    Course Date: Tue 2 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorian London has shaped today's city. Discover the lasting legacy of the Victorian age, uncover its secrets, and meet some of the characters who created one of the world's greatest cities. NB. Initial lecture at City Lit.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. Disease, death and mummies in Ancient Egypt

    Course Date: Sat 20 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Living and dying with disease; being buried and mummified in Ancient Egypt. What are the latest discoveries and theories? Who is carrying out this work, and what are the ethical considerations? Human remains will be explored in a museum setting.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. Drama in society

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore three plays that demonstrate the potency of drama as literary and performance texts, in their social and political context: 'Ghosts' by Henrik Ibsen, Terence Rattigan's 'The Deep Blue Sea' and Tennessee Williams' 'Sweet Bird of Youth'.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  15. Erudition and toque hats: Machiavelli's Prince and Castiglione's Book of the Courtier

    Course Date: Sat 29 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One of the most poignant ideas that emerged from the Italian Renaissance was the centrality of mankind. This new society, in which man could shape his own destiny, led to a new type of ruler and intellectual, which are perfectly described in Machiavelli's and Castiglione's works, a sort of handbook for the new age but with great literary value.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £22.00

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