History, Culture & Writing Courses Online & 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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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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. Ways into screenwriting: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on a course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  3. Introduction to philosophy

    Introduction to philosophy

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This problem-based introduction to philosophy explores key themes of modern philosophy, including truth, knowledge, ultimate reality and the mind-body problem.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  4. Developing your novel

    Developing your novel

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you started work on your novel? This course is suitable for experienced creative writers who want to make progress with a novel draft. Learn more about the art of novel writing and move your project forward in a supportive workshop environment.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  5. Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  6. British cinema: a matter of life and death

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    The contagion of the Virus has been likened to the war and the Blitz, the story of people pulling together against a common enemy, a story told as it was happening by the great forties’ film directors: Lean, Powell and Pressburger. From Pimlico to Pinewood, this course celebrates that forties’ golden age as a roadmap for later directors Clio Barnard, Joe Wright, Christopher Nolan and Sam Mendes.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  7. Key texts of 20th century drama: Beckett, Osborne, Pinter & Miller

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will explore the concerns,styles and influences of 5 key 20th century dramatic texts and how they reflect the society they were written in. Texts: Look Back in Anger by John Osborne, Endgame by Beckett, The Birthday Party by Pinter, A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller and Plenty by David Hare.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Ireland under the Union: 1798-1914

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the background to and experience of Ireland under the Union, including Catholic Emancipation, the Great Famine and Ulster Unionism together with cultural, revolutionary and reformist movements culminating in the demand for Home Rule.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  9. Existentialism in a nutshell: time and death

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For existentialists our existence is arbitrary and unfolds, in time, towards certain death. Can we live meaningfully within the horizon of time and death?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Reading for writers: queer fiction (a fortnightly course)

    Reading for writers: queer fiction (a fortnightly course)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the scope of human experience through the lens of LGBT+ writers, and learn from them the fundamentals of writing compelling fiction. This fortnightly intermediate course combines reading and analysis of key queer texts with practical writing exercises. Suitable for all those with some creative writing experience and an interest in queer perspectives in fiction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Lovers of fiction can develop their creative writing skills on this practical intermediate course. You'll explore the fundamentals of fiction writing craft such as character and structure, and unlock your imagination to produce compelling prose. Suitable for those with some creative writing experience.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  12. Buddhist philosophy

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    'Impermanence is the root of human suffering.' Over hundreds of years a highly developed philosophy grew from this simple idea. However, one does not need to adopt a religious outlook to benefit from Buddhist philosophy.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  13. Reading for children's writers

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore recently published successful books for children, mainly by UK authors, and produce your own writing inspired by them. The course will cover pictures books, middle grade and young adult. You can choose to read for all ages or focus on one.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  14. Introduction to political philosophy

    Introduction to political philosophy

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What are the ends and means of politics? Interweaving modern history and politics with key philosophical texts, study and debate the ideas, ideologies and concepts underpinning our thinking about the organisation of society.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  15. Introduction to ethics

    Introduction to moral philosophy

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What’s the right thing to do? But what does ‘right’ actually mean? And what reason do I have to do it? Join us as we grapple with these fundamental questions. No class on Tues 23rd October.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

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