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. In addition please take a look at our new range of one-off workshops and study days run in partnership with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

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.

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  1. Advanced creative non-fiction: turning experience into art

    Course Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Weave the rich strands of your personal experience into an intricate story that will entertain and educate readers. Ideal if you've attended 'Creative non-fiction' or already have a specific project planned out.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  2. Advanced critical workshop for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 25 Sep 2017 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  3. Advanced critical workshop: masterclass

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This intensive and advanced critical workshop is open to just ten students enrolled through a selection process. Thanks to the exclusivity of this course, students will receive in-depth feedback on their novel or short stories. Students will also benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £132.00

  4. Advanced fiction writing

    Course Date: Thu 28 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your writing on this in-depth and inspiring course. All forms of fiction are supported - long and short. Ideal for experienced writers.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  5. Advanced philosophy of mathematics: Gödel

    Course Date: Thu 12 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Much celebrated but little understood, Gödel's incompleteness theorems are one of the key intellectual achievements of the last century. This course offers an introduction to these results and their significance for philosophy, mathematics and computer science.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. Advanced poetry workshop

    Course Date: Wed 27 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your poetry, taking it in new directions and maturing your poetic voice. Various approaches and techniques will be explored, and new poetry can be workshopped. For experienced poets only.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  7. Advanced studies in poetry, fiction and drama

    Course Date: Wed 23 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Saying something; not saying something: we will study a post-war English play and short novel, and poems by different American and European poets, which each take commitment and detachment, engagement and avoidance, as their theme or method.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. Advanced writing: an online course

    Course Date: Mon 25 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online Course
    This workshop-based online programme offers total flexibility – participate whenever and wherever you wish – as you develop your writing with feedback from other participants and a supportive, knowledgeable tutor. The course will open at 15:00 on Monday 25 September.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £289.00
    Concession: £116.00

  9. Aesthetics: art and anti-art

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Bringing philosophy together with art criticism, sociology and cultural anthropology, this course examines answers from a range of thinkers to two basic questions: What is art? And is beauty in the eye of the beholder?
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  10. Afternoon cinema: current films and new releases

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be inspired by the best films of the year! This course coincides with the wave of new films released for Bafta/Oscar awards season, offering a weekly what's on, discussion and screenings to provide you with a definitive list of films to watch and enjoy.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Alexander, the great man of history

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come discover Alexander the Great man of many faces. The king from the relatively small state of Macedon who conquered the mighty Persian Empire. He truly changed the world he found and continues to dominate.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £85.00

  12. Allende, Borges and Marquez: masters of Latin American storytelling

    Course Date: Sat 7 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore short stories from Jorge Luis Borges' 'Labyrinths' (1962), together with Gabriel Garcia Márquez's novella 'No one writes to the Colonel' (1961) & Isabel Allende's 'Los Cuentos de Eva Luna' (1989), investigating their unique approach to storytelling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. America: history, literature and culture 1900-1930s

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will be team-taught, bringing together tutors to cover this dynamic period in America's development from historical, literary, cultural perspectives. We start with the historical coverage to provide students with context for exploring the developments in literature, film, art and music that explode in this modernising of America.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  14. American literature: the landscape of the 'dream'

    Course Date: Thu 21 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The American reinvention of self changed pace after WW2. Read and discover fiction and drama of the 1950s that captured the changing sensibilities of the post-war world. Includes 'Giovanni's Room' by James Baldwin, stories by Flannery O'Connor and John Cheever and the play 'A Raisin in the Sun' by Lorraine Hansbury.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. An introduction to data journalism

    Course Date: Sat 5 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Use your IT skills to data mine and find stories hidden in published statistics.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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