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. A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    Course Date: Sat 23 Jun 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Dickens’s novels London often takes on the force of a character. Augmented by visits (Dickens Museum and the Temple), we shall explore precisely how he expressed his endless fascination with the greatest nineteenth-century metropolis. NB. Course fees include the entrance fee to the Dickens' museum.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  2. A world without want: post-scarcity philosophy

    Course Date: Sat 19 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If there is no limit to economic growth, we should be able to overcome material scarcity in the not too distant future. But what will it be like to live in a world without scarcity?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Adapting novels for TV, film and radio

    Course Date: Sun 5 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you go to the cinema today or switch on a TV drama, you're very likely to be watching a script based on a novel. Adaptations are always in demand - so learn the secrets of bringing stories to life.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Advanced autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Tue 17 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This workshop for experienced writers of autobiographical prose or poetry will provide you with support and in-depth feedback on your work. It is suitable for students who have an ongoing project. (There will be no class on 22 May.).
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  5. 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

  6. Advanced critical workshop for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 25 Sep 2017 (and 7 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

  7. Advanced critical workshop: intensive

    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

  8. Advanced critical workshop: three-week intensive

    Course Date: Thu 6 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This intensive, three-week course offers students critical feedback on their story openings, narrative structure, dialogue and description through a range of interactive workshop activities.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Advanced poetry workshop

    Course Date: Wed 27 Sep 2017 (and 3 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

  12. 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

  13. Advanced writing: an online course

    Course Date: Mon 25 Sep 2017 (and 3 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

  14. Aesthetics: art and anti-art

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  15. After imperialism: the African leaders who took over at independence

    Course Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will examine the first presidents of newly-independent African states - how their personalities shaped their nations, the challenges inherited and policies pursued. Special focus on the leaders of Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. Tutor: Hywel Nelson.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

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