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. How to write novels workshop

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore vital techniques for novelists and benefit from constructive criticism as you develop your work-in-progress on this continuation course, ideal if you have completed 'How to write novels' or similar.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  2. In search of beauty: the life and work of William Morris

    In search of beauty: the life and work of William Morris

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the life of and formative influences on William Morris together with his many achievements notably in design, his place in Victorian literature and contribution to wider cultural movements and radical politics.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Introduction to anthropology: natures and cultures

    Course Date: Mon 8 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Starting from the nature-nurture debate, the course looks at the intersection between natural behaviours and socially learned norms through the examples of food, architecture and technology.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  4. Introduction to LGBT cinema: out of the celluloid closet

    Course Date: Sat 17 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Queer stories have always existed, but their storytellers weren’t always loud and proud. This one-day course examines LGBT cinema from the coded glances of the pre-Stonewall era up to the more complex and explicit depictions of the early 1990s.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Introduction to novel plotting

    Course Date: Sun 7 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you've made a start on your novel but need help getting it into shape, this course provides a flexible template that will help you to overcome the obstacles ahead.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00

  6. Introduction to political philosophy

    Course Date: Mon 8 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What are the ends and means of politics? Interweaving modern history and politics with key philosophical texts, study and debate the ideas, ideologies and concepts underpinning our thinking about the organisation of society.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  7. Invasion and expansion: the English language in Medieval literature

    Course Date: Tue 2 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the origins and development of the English language in the manuscript age by engaging with its literature, from the earliest known works of the Anglo-Saxons to Caxton and the beginning of the printed word.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Journalism for second language speakers

    Course Date: Mon 5 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gain confidence in writing news and features articles for newspapers and magazines in a supportive group, with time devoted to show you the writing style in British journalism. This course is suitable for beginner to intermediate levels.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  9. Key 20th century classics: must see movies

    Course Date: Mon 8 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    View classic films of the 'Modernist Century' that influenced film directors forever. These key films are transcendent works with an indefinable quality— but we will try to define them after viewings, discussion and debate. The intention of this course is to paint a complete picture of the first century of cinema, a world map of film history and key films and movements, stars and studios, directors and genres.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  10. Literary evening lectures

    Course Date: Thu 15 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and enjoy talks and discussion on authors and literary topics that influenced and continue to impact on our understanding of prose, poetry and drama. Our June lecture is given by Peter Brennan: D.H. Lawrence’s ‘Prodigious Journey’ – a reassessment of Anaïs Nin’s 'An Unprofessional Study'.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  11. London views: film and the city

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    While London is an actual geographical location it is equally a construct of the films that have always purported to be portraying it. Explore the fascinating themes of London’s cinematic treatment, both factual and fictional.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  12. Lost and found: rediscovering world fiction

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will read outstanding long and short fiction in English and in translation, spanning much of the 20th century, from all over the world. These include 'A Tale Without a Name' by Penelope Delta (Greece), 'Subtly Worded and Other Stories' by Teffi (Russia), 'Ancient Tillage' by Raduan Nassar (Brazil) and 'The Crow Eaters' by Bapsi Sidhwa (Pakistan).
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  13. Medieval London

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Where and how did Londoners live during the Middle Ages? How did they enjoy themselves and where did they go shopping? There will be a trip to the Museum of London.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  14. Medieval Rome: from the Ostrogoths to Innocent III

    Medieval Rome: from the Ostrogoths to Innocent III

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore early medieval Rome, with its repeated invasions and constant doctrinal and political controversy. Discover how, by the late 12th century, the city was once more central to European culture, revered by emperors, scholars and pilgrims.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  15. Migrations through the ages: has migration really changed from the 19th century to the 21st century?

    Course Date: Mon 8 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Migration as presented on the news is but a small part of this complex topic. Explore the history and politics of modern migrations from the 19th century of empires to the changing world in the 20th century (America's First Great Migration, impact of WWI and WWII partition of India) to contemporary migration trends and issues today.

    NOTE: this course will incorporate the option of individual study/research outside of class.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £57.00

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