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. Dickens' London

    Dickens' London

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  3. Garden history in 10 objects: a hands-on introduction to the history of British gardens and horticulture

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Interested in gardens? Want to know more about their history, who made them and why? Find out more at this fun day with a serious purpose! Hands-on investigation of some garden-related objects & lively illustrated lectures.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. Masters of style: reading and writing Hemingway

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ernest Hemingway was the master of minimalist short fiction where every word counted. While writing many drafts, he pared his writing down to what he felt was 'true'. This day workshop explores the literary interpretations of two of his seminal short stories and writing exercises that encourage you to experiment with Hemingway's style.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. Writing myths: a taster

    Writing myths: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether you want to write about mythical beasts in a modern-day setting or pen a traditional epic quest, this fun, interactive taster will equip you with the craft basics to write a myth that will move and inspire.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Comedy sketch writing

    Comedy sketch writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Nov 2019
    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

  7. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this fun but informative 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

  8. The rise of 'the method' in screen acting of the 1940s and 50s

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores the acting techniques and psychological elements that a new generation of American screen actors brought to cinema in the 1940s and 1950s, known as The Method.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  9. Life and times of Charles II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Merry Monarch Charles II survived Civil War, the death of his father and the Republican Experiment. When he was restored he needed all his wit to steer a course through his 25 year reign.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Writing great child characters

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write your way to compelling and convincing child characters that truly connect with your readers, in this fun, interactive session.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Memoir: a taster at the British Library

    Memoir: a taster at the British Library

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Do you have a personal story to tell that will move, delight, stir and inform readers? This exciting new partnership with the British Library guides students who are just starting to plan and craft a memoir.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  12. UK election special

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 26 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson and City Lit's Politics Coordinator Dr Benjamin Chwistek for an in-depth look at the upcoming UK election. Two weeks before we head to the ballot box, our special one-off course will shed light on the electoral process and explore the key issues dominating this year’s campaign.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  13. Emperor Maximillian and his world

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will look life and times of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I whose marriage alliances ushered in the golden age of Spain and saw the rise of the Habsburgs dynasty.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. British gothic cinema

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore British gothic cinema from its origins in low budget thrillers of the 1930s and dark noirs of the 1940s to its heyday from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, and consider the ways in which it offers a cinematic experience of the gothic quite unlike that of Hollywood.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  15. The use and abuse of history in 20th century wars and conflicts

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will investigate the way in which memory and the past is utilised during times of conflict.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

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