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. Whores, saints and beauty queens: images of the Byzantine empress

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this day course, you'll be introduced to a range of powerful women from Theodora the circus acrobat who had an affinity with geese to the beauty queen Irene who murdered her son to gain power and sainthood. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Plot your children's novel in two days

    Plot your children's novel in two days

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Jun 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You’re a writer with some experience and a great idea for a children’s novel, but plotting is the thing that lets you down. Spend two days in this interactive workshop, learning about structure and developing your idea into a compelling plot.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Dickens’ novels London often takes on the force of a character. Augmented by visits (to the Dickens Museum and the Temple), we shall explore precisely how he expressed his endless fascination with the greatest 19th-century metropolis. NB. Course fees include the entrance fee to the Dickens' museum.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  5. 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

  6. A taste of anthropology

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is anthropology all about? Explore the aspects different societies have in common and focus on some particular cultures and customs.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. 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

  8. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. '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

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