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. World fiction: hidden treasures

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Freshly translated or newly discovered gems of international writing from the second half of the 20th century include Family Lexicon by Natala Ginzburg (Italy), Reunion by Fred Uhlman (Germany/GB), A Broken Mirror by Merce Rodoreda (Catalonia), Basic Black With Pearls by Helen Weinzweig (Poland/Canada) and The Birds by Tarjei Vesas (Norway).

    Please note this course will be taking a break week on Wednesday 27 February.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  2. The Ottoman Empire

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Ottoman empire lasted from 1300 right through to 1918. We will study the rise and fall of the empire.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Flash fiction

    Flash fiction

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A sideways glance: succinct, powerful. Experiment with telling stories in six to five hundred words.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  4. Modern France: politics and society since 1900

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course will cover the historical evolution of French politics and society throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries, with an in-depth analysis of the key moments and issues that affected the country. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Critical thinking

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you have trouble thinking clearly, getting your ideas across or winning arguments when you’re obviously right? Come and learn how to construct arguments, defend opinions and expose logical fallacies and rhetorical ploys.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  6. Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your writing on this in-depth and inspiring course. All forms of fiction are supported - long and short. Ideal for experienced writers.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  7. Reading images: an introduction to film studies

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course focuses on the area of Film Studies. It will provide the students with an overview of the main historical, technical and theoretical aspects of filmmaking and film analysis.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. Advanced poetry workshop

    Advanced poetry workshop

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your poetry, taking it in new directions and maturing your poetic voice. Various approaches and techniques will be explored, and new poetry can be workshopped. For experienced poets only.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  9. Editing your manuscript: from first draft to final proof

    Editing your manuscript: from first draft to final proof

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Once your story is on the page, the editing process begins. But where do you start and what skills do you need? This course guides learners through the editing of a story or manuscript, exploring approaches to making line edits, improving narrative structure and everything in between.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Autobiography into fiction: workshop

    Autobiography into fiction: workshop

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will help you develop techniques for transforming personal experience into fiction. You'll have the opportunity to improve your writing skills as well as your ability to give and use constructive criticism in a workshop environment.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

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    Writing YA fiction

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the art of writing for Young Adults. Explore what makes a great YA book by analysing the work of successful current authors and produce your own writing inspired by them.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £68.00

  12. Philosophy of time and change

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How do we understand time objectively? This intermediate level course is an introduction to scientific and mathematical accounts of time and change in a historical context, from ancient paradoxes to contemporary theoretical physics.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  13. Introduction to ethics

    Introduction to moral philosophy

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What do ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ mean? What makes our actions right or wrong? And why should we care? We will look at the principal philosophical answers to these questions alongside engaging in philosophical analysis ourselves. No class on 19th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  14. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the basic tools and techniques used to analyse poetry and prose. Come and enjoy reading and discussing a range of poetry and prose including short stories and a short novel. Lots of lively discussion.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  15. Developing your playwriting

    Developing your playwriting

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue to explore the key elements of dramatic writing, and benefit from supportive and detailed feedback on your own work. New students with some playwriting experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

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