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. The Trojan War

    Course Date: Sat 7 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The myths surrounding the 10 year war between the Greek City States and Troy in c. 1200 BC including the events leading up to the war, some of the conflicts of the war and some of the events in its aftermath. Visit to the British Museum included.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  2. Getting published

    Getting published

    Course Date: Wed 18 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    So you've finished your novel. What's next? This short course provides guidance in submitting to agents and publishers, and helps you to tailor your work to maximise its potential in the marketplace.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  3. Travel writing

    Travel writing

    Course Date: Wed 25 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make travelling pay. Find out what travel editors of newspapers and magazines look for, how to get a commission, write a saleable article and get your trip financed. Practical advice on identifying suitable outlets and contacting editors.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00

  4. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Course Date: Wed 25 Oct 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    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

  5. Egyptology day

    Egyptology day

    Course Date: Sat 28 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    After thousands of years, the legacy of the Ancient Egyptians continues to captivate. This October, leading experts shed new light on this mysterious civilisation at City Lit's annual Egyptology day, delivered in partnership with the Egypt Exploration Society. No prior knowledge is required - just bring your curiosity!
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Soviet film: screening the revolution

    Course Date: Sun 29 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution, we'll explore how filmmakers such as Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov and Esfir Shub brought revolutionary ideas into their films and influenced filmmakers around the world throughout the next hundred years.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Classics reading group

    Course Date: Mon 30 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and discuss some of the great books from the golden age of the novel - the 19th century. We’ll be reading and talking about classics such as Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Jane Austen’s Emma. Classes on 30/10/17, 4/12/17, 5/218 and 12/3/18.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  8. Anthropology and human identity

    Course Date: Mon 30 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We'll explore the foundations of human society and social identity, looking at the ways different cultures think about and create group identity and belonging through a range of practices, including kinship, ritual and gift-giving.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  9. Anthropology: humans and their cultures

    Course Date: Mon 30 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will examine differences in social structure and cultural attitudes to address ideas of development, tradition and resistance to change recorded by anthropologists. The course is designed to complement 'Beginners' anthropology'.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  10. Civilisations of the El Dorado: buildings and arts from tropical South America

    Course Date: Tue 31 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shrouded in mystery and legend, Amazonian and Central American cultures reveal surprising links to societies of the Andes that defy and challenge common perceptions about the rise of civilisation in the Americas.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £55.00

  11. Introduction to forms of poetry

    Introduction to forms of poetry

    Course Date: Wed 1 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy a whistlestop tour of the major forms of poetry. Classic, contemporary, traditional and experimental works will be explored in a welcoming and supportive setting. Ideal for beginners and students wishing to develop their own compositional skills.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. Shakespeare on screen

    Course Date: Wed 1 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shakespeare never directed a movie but many film masters have experimented with his plays, translating them into unforgettable cinema. From Welles to Olivier, from Rohmer to Kurosawa and beyond, come and share the magic of Shakespeare on screen.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  13. The birth of Hellenism: the Greek world after Alexander the Great

    Course Date: Wed 1 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    When Alexander the Great died in 323 BC, the Greek world had been entirely changed. In the aftermath of his death a power struggle ensued that led to the rise of a number of kingdoms ruled by Alexander’s successors, the so-called “diadochoi”. In this course, we will examine this period of history to see what kind of impact Alexander made.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £40.00

  14. Biography writing: an introduction

    Biography writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 2 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes a great biography? This introductory course, led by a professional biographer, covers the key techniques used in this exciting genre.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  15. Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath: bursting all the doors

    Course Date: Thu 2 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    No two voices could be more dissimilar, yet the impact of both remains unparalleled in American women’s poetry. Explore the full range of Dickinson’s and Plath’s art - passionate, candid, dangerously subversive, controversial and adored.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

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