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. Greek myths and their symbolism

    Course Date: Wed 29 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Myth permeated all aspects of ancient society and much the same can be said today. Investigate the relevance and perseverance of the Greek myth and why these tales continue to fascinate.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. US election special update 1: It's about to begin!

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 30 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In advance of the first crucial tests of electoral opinion for the Democrats during February in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, we look at: the current nature of the contest; the mechanisms of the first elections; the key candidates; and what to look for. In addition, we will look at where we are in the Impeachment process and the state of the Trump Presidency.
    Full fee: £24.00
    Senior fee: £24.00
    Concession: £11.00

  4. Political myth, propaganda and fake news

    Course Date: Fri 31 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is a political myth? How do we spot propaganda? How can we tell 'real' news from 'fake news'? In this course we will look at a number of conceptual approaches to these subjects, and then pick-apart a number of examples of each.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  5. Philosophical life coaching

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Philosophical life coaching helps you lead a more satisfying and meaningful life by using insights and methods from the great thinkers. This introductory workshop will show you some of the most interesting ways it can be of help. No previous experience required.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £35.00

  6. The Quakers: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Quakers listen for the inner voice within that speaks truth and love, without making use of priests, ancient rituals or creeds. Find out why people today are re-discovering Quakerism.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. The art of the dissertation

    The art of the dissertation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you approaching your dissertation year at undergraduate level? On this day workshop you will receive expert guidance on how to structure and write your dissertation project to a high academic standard.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Pitching your screenplay treatment

    Pitching your screenplay treatment

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You've worked hard on a screenplay but how do you sell it? This one-day intensive course, led by an Emmy award-winning Producer, identifies tools you can select to create a compelling Pitch Treatment.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. The art of writing the personal essay

    The art of writing the personal essay

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Follow in the footsteps of Dorothy Parker, George Orwell and Zadie Smith with this taster course on the personal essay, a continuously thriving genre of autobiographical writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Anglo-Saxon queens

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the Anglo-Saxon Queens before 1066. They have been largely forgotten and yet many of them were powerful women for example Cynethryth, wife of Offa of Mercia (d. 796) was the only queen to appear on coins until the sixteenth century.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Godzilla and the turbulent emergence of contemporary Japan

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines how Ishiro Honda’s original cut of Gojira / Godzilla (1954), as with the other key films of the franchise provides insights into the tensions concerning Japan’s re-emergence upon the world stage at key moments following the Second World War.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Ancient Egyptian literature in translation

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 3 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the rich landscape of ancient Egyptian history and culture through their texts (in English translation).
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  13. Islamic art and architecture in the Mediterranean basin

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 3 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Discover the artistic production in some of the countries facing the Mediterranean Sea.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. The weirdly wonderful worlds of Lucian of Samosata

    Course Date: Wed 5 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the dialogues written by Lucian of Samosata, a Latin writer who lived in the mid-2nd century. Through the reading of some extracts, you will discover his humour and originality.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  15. Writing funny fiction

    Writing funny fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 6 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Humour is an incredible vehicle for connection, promoting empathy and raising questions that may otherwise be hard to handle. Writers as diverse as Saki, PG Wodehouse, Shakespeare, and Lorrie Moore understand this. But what does it really mean to write funny fiction and what are the techniques writers use? Learn how to harness the power of humour in your fiction in this fun, supportive workshop.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

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