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. 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

  2. Critical thinking

    Course Date: Wed 11 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you have trouble thinking clearly, getting your ideas across or winning arguments when you’re obviously right? Come and learn how to construct arguments, defend opinions and expose logical fallacies and rhetorical ploys.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  3. Developing your writing

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017 (and 3 other dates)
    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
    Concession: £68.00

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Explore two unusual London parks

    Course Date: Sat 24 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore Holland Park with its ruined Jacobean Mansion and Battersea Park with its exotic Pagoda. Learn about the history of the landscapes and the trees and plantings seen today. Meet at Notting Hill Station ticket barrier.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  9. Exploring creativity: from words to stories

    Course Date: Sun 18 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Escape the constraints of the logical mind through creative games with writing and imagination. Give yourself permission to play and generate raw material for your art on this stimulating one-day course.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Exploring fiction

    Course Date: Mon 8 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the elements of successful prose fiction and develop your personal style. Learn to approach novels and short stories with a critical eye, and apply the lessons learnt to your own writing.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £68.00

  11. Exploring slavery's interiorities: Toni Morrison's 'Beloved'

    Course Date: Sat 6 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Toni Morrison's lyric prose helps the reader grasp the psychological devastation wreaked by the institution of slavery by close observation of a community of ex-slaves recreating their lives after the holocaust. Please read the novel in advance.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. Film of the book

    Course Date: Thu 12 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read works of fiction and view their cinematic adaptations, considering if 'fidelity' is important in bringing a literary text to the screen. Includes Henry James' 'Washington Square' ('The Heiress', Wyler,1949), Daphne Du Maurier's 'The Birds' (Hitchcock, 1963) and Alice Munro's 'Runaway' ('Julieta', Pedro Almodovar, 2016). No class on 23 February.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  13. Films and filmmakers in European cinema

    Course Date: Fri 5 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    View and discuss films and filmmakers in European cinema since the 1920s and explore their contributions to its key 'moments' and development through a range of critical concepts, including authorship, art cinema and national cinema.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  14. Founders of France - Clovis to Charlemagne

    Course Date: Wed 11 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the cultural life of Merovingian & Carolingian Gaul. Authors covered include Gregory of Tours, Fredegar and Notker the Stammerer. Examine letters and legal documents to reveal fascinating people, places and aspirations.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  15. France in revolution: 1789 to 1799

    France in revolution: 1789 to 1799

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1789 ordinary French people successfully rebelled against the absolute monarchy and privileged nobility. Find out how the struggle over the social and political system which would replace the Ancien Regime would divide both France and Europe.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

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