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. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Course Date: Wed 24 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  2. Reading for children's writers (middle years)

    Reading for children's writers (middle years)

    Course Date: Thu 25 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the art of writing for eight to twelve year olds. Explore what makes a great children's book, analysing works by successful authors, and producing your own writing inspired by them. (There will be no class on 1 March.).
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. A history of Native American slavery

    Course Date: Sat 27 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Though not unknown before colonisation, Native American slavery took a different course with the arrival of Europeans who each in their distinctive way enslaved North American Indians for many purposes. The course looks at colonial slave networks, economic and political motivations behind this trade to disclose a little known phenomenon of North American and Caribbean history. Tutor: Max Carocci.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. An introduction to poetry: UA Fanthorpe, Elizabeth Jennings and Carol Ann Duffy

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Following on from Introduction to poetry 1, you will read ,discuss and enjoy a selection of poetry by UA Fanthorpe, Elizabeth Jennings and Carol Ann Duffy in terms of their styles and themes.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Film technique and camera style: visions of light

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018
    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

  6. The Quakers: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 3 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Quakers listen for the inner voice within that speaks truth and love, without making use of priests, ancient rituals or creeds. Find out why people today are re-discovering Quakerism.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Philosophical life coaching

    Course Date: Sat 3 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Philosophical life coaching helps you lead a more satisfying and meaningful life by using insights and methods from the great thinkers. This introductory workshop will show you some of the most interesting ways it can be of help. No previous experience required.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. The Kureishi trilogy: My Beautiful Laundrette, Sammy & Rosie Get Laid and London Kills Me

    Course Date: Sat 3 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Hanif Kureishi’s and Stephen Frears’ films, My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), Sammy & Rosie Get Laid (1987) and London Kills Me (1991) offered a scathing, witty insight into multiracial tensions, friendships and romances in Thatcher’s divided Britain.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. Children's authors: get ready for school visits and public appearances

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

    Course Date: Sun 4 Feb 2018
    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

  10. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 4 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your ideas for children's stories in a practical interactive session. Topics will include plot, characterisation and viewpoint, and how to approach the children's publishing industry today.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 7 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news? Enrol early for lively, informed discussion on current events in Britain and the world. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. Classics in museums: collecting and displaying Greek and Roman objects

    Course Date: Thu 8 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover collections of classical art and archaeology, in museums in London and across the UK, and explore the different ways they have been collected and presented to the public. No prior knowledge needed. Visits to British Museum and Sir John Soane’s Museum included.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £60.00

  13. 'Turbulent priests' in 20th century Britain: 1 - Bishop Hensley Henson and Dean Hewlett Johnson

    Course Date: Sat 10 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course explores the context, life, contributions and controversies relating to both senior Anglican clerics, including upholding radical theological ideas, anti-trade unionism and disestablishment (Henson) or First World War pacifism and championing Stalin’s Russia (Johnson).
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  14. Exploring film studies

    Course Date: Sat 10 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your critical understanding of cinema through a range of key theories in the study of film, including genre, spectatorship and authorship, and themes such as classical and popular cinema, art cinema and film history.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. The craft of redrafting

    The craft of redrafting

    Course Date: Sat 10 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The saying goes that books aren't written, they're rewritten. This one-day course teaches you the essential skills for redrafting and perfecting your work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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