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.

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  1. Clothes make the woman: a sartorial history of women in the 20th century

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Did you know that ready-made clothes were initially disparaged on moral grounds, that Amy Johnson was dressed by Schiaparelli, and that some 1960s’ employers introduced ‘modesty boards’ for mini-skirted staff? Come and find out more.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  2. Masters of cinema: Paul Thomas Anderson is 'The Master'

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Phantom Thread’s Anderson is out there on his own as an American auteur. Like Bergman, he understands horror only needs two human beings, possibly in love - with a third to crowd them - who contain all monsters inside themselves.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Poetry in the making

    Poetry in the making

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This workshop is an opportunity to get support and advice in developing and fine-tuning your work, in a culture where new poems will grow. This course is best suited to more experienced poets.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  4. Faith and doubt in Victorian poetry

    Course Date: Sun 18 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorian Britain saw an upsurge of religious affirmation in the context of profound unease concerning the assertions of faith. We shall consider how the work of the age’s most accomplished poets expresses that paradox.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. The art of letter writing

    The art of letter writing

    Course Date: Fri 23 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There's more to the art of letter writing than talking about the weather. Regardless of whether or not you send your mail electronically or through traditional routes, this short course will help you write more inspiring correspondence to penfriends and loved ones.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. A taste of journalism

    A taste of journalism

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever dreamed of becoming a journalist? Come and learn the basics from an experienced feature writer. Discover how journalists develop ideas, get quotes and present their material in a feature style.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Dickens' London

    Dickens' London

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' Enjoy this introduction to Dickens' work and the London of his time. Morning lecture at City Lit followed by a walk in the area of the city connected to his work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  8. Londinium: a tale of two cities (Roman London AD 47-457). Photo: Adam Bishop

    Londinium: a tale of two cities (Roman London AD 47-457)

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A look at the spectacular rise and fall of Londinium from c. AD 47 to its abandonment in c. AD 457. Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided city walk.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  9. Philosophy and history of mathematics: a brief introduction

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Mathematics is one of humanity's great achievements. Explore fundamental ideas about logic, geometry and numbers in early Greek thought, and discover modern debates about how maths underpins science. This course can be taken alone or as an introduction to other philosophy and maths courses.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  10. A voice from Europe: the legacy of John Berger - novelist, critic, art historian

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover Berger's half a century of writing in every conceivable genre on literature, art, creativity and many of the intractable issues facing the world today, including “To the Wedding”, “The Seventh Man”, and “The Red Tenda of Bologna”.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Performance poetry

    Performance poetry

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write poetry and perform it, finding your own style and delivery under the guidance of a spoken word artist. Explore the differences between performance and other forms of poetry.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Comedy sketch writing

    Comedy sketch writing

    Course Date: Sun 25 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the art of creating a great comedy sketch. Study the brilliance of classic sketches and learn how to deploy their techniques in your own work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Course Date: Sun 25 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this one-day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Literary Evening Lecture: David Constantine - What my poetry owes to translation

    Course Date: Fri 30 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and join us for a stimulating evening of lecture and discussion at our November Literary Evening Lecture, where the writer and translator David Constantine will read from his poetry. He will also talk about how translating from foreign languages has helped him in his own writing. The evening will include a more general discussion of the need for translation in the making of any nation's poetic language.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

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