History, Culture & Writing Courses in London

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. City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From: £10.00

  2. The double in cinema

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 25 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the double in cinema as revealing a personality split and acting as a metaphor of emotional conflict. Featured titles: The Man Who Haunted Himself, Black Swan, L’Amant Double, Dead Ringers, Another Earth, Vertigo.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Film technique and style: visions of light

    Film technique and style: visions of light

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Behind the scenes, technique is the way meaning is created in films, where the director ends and the cinematographer or editor begins. Deep focus in Welles, the light in 'Oliver Twist' - all collaborating to influence narrative and audience response.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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    Self-publishing: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to publish your own novel, poetry / short story collection, memoir or non-fiction book? Self-publishing allows you to keep full creative control of your project. But how do you give your book the best chance of achieving high sales and what does a writer need to consider when taking the giant leap of publishing their own book? This course offers students introductory information on the world of self-publishing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Play in a day: 'The Tempest'

    Play in a day: 'The Tempest'

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read or seen the play but want to know more? This course examines the background to Shakespeare's 'The Tempest', discusses characters, identifies themes, draws parallels with Shakespeare's other plays, looks at language and analyses key scenes.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rose quartz sunsets, the cool citrus of iced lemonade, cold beer or a hosepipe ban. Whatever summer means to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture the sunnier seasons of the earth, sky, mind and heart.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics: a continuation course

    Course Date: Mon 1 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This five-week course builds on the knowledge of hieroglyphics acquired during the introductory course at the British Museum.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Powerful women of the cinema: five actors who redefined screen acting

    Course Date: Mon 1 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will combine biography with dazzling film clips of five international actresses who reconceived screen acting in their times, creating powerful personae that have shaped screen history to this day.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  9. Further village London

    Further village London

    Course Date: Wed 3 Jul 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A further four walks around London's former villages - Hampstead, Highgate, Fitzrovia and Soho. Why did

    these areas grow up as villages and how did they become swallowed up by the city of London?
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  10. Classics evening lecture

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 3 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for our new series of talks by leading classicists on a wide variety of topics. This month's topic is: Religion and Philosophy in Greece: the Orphics - by Javier Maldonado-Fernandez, City Lit.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £5.00

  11. A view of the Age of Napoleon through English poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The hopes and fears of this revolutionary era were reflected in the poetry of the leading Romantics, including Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron and Shelley. We shall consider in context a representative selection of their works. Tutor: Peter Brennan.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  12. 'The importance of being Albert': the life and legacy of the Prince Consort

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Marking the bicentenary of Prince Albert’s birth, the course outlines his life, the issues he championed including his involvement in the Great Exhibition. Also considered are controversies he generated and the consequences of his death.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  13. Children's authors: get ready for school visits and public appearances (advanced)

    Children's authors: get ready for school visits and public appearances (advanced)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Congratulations! You’ve published a children’s book and been invited into schools to speak to children. Find out how to structure a successful author visit, receive supportive feedback on your planned talk, and learn about the logistics and financial aspects of the trip.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Poetry and resistance: Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Mandelstam and the decades of Soviet rule

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 11 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The three greatest poets of the revolutionary and Stalinist periods, and the ways their personalities and the calamitous events that beset their society found expression in works of unparalleled passion, intellectual sophistication and monumental restraint.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  15. The Aztecs

    The Aztecs

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover one of the great New World civilisations and their achievements - the Aztecs of Mexico.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

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