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. Ancient world civilisations

    Course Date: Wed 24 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course looks at major ancient civilisations around the world. Offering a fresh perspective on the emergence of states, chiefdoms and empires, the ten lessons will examine relationships and influences between settled and nomadic peoples.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  3. Existentialism and the arts

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Existentialist themes of anxiety, anguish, dread, freedom, melancholy, loneliness, death and absurdity pervade the arts from the era of Romanticism onwards. What is the cultural significance and consequence of giving expression to such concerns?

    NB: no classes on 6th and 27th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  4. Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This intensive fiction workshop is open by selective application to a maximum of ten fiction writers working at the advanced and professional levels. You will receive rigorous constructive feedback on your novel or short story as you develop it with a view to publication, and participate in detailed tutor-led discussions on advanced elements of fictional craft. Please note: the deadline for applications has now passed.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £289.00
    Concession: £289.00

  5. Ways into playwriting

    Ways into playwriting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  6. Greek literature: a survey course

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take the first steps in learning about Greek literature.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your screenwriting journey on this intermediate course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills as you work on your own project. New students with some writing experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  8. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00

  9. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Learn to write for the screen on this practical, introductory course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  10. Philosophy and the meaning of life

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Some philosophers have insisted that philosophy should explain the meaning of our existence. What does it mean for us to be? And how then should we live? This course examines some seriously philosophical answers.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £83.00

  11. Understanding the modern world

    Understanding the modern world

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ideas of four key thinkers whose ideas have vitally shaped our world. Examine their views on morality, meaning, the role and status of women, human nature, political and economic injustice and much more.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  12. Five modern poets

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the work of five giants of modern poetry – from Hardys’ moving reflections on love and loss, through Eliot’s revolutionary modernism, the poems of Larkin and Heaney to Carol Ann Duffy’s wry reflections on modern life.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  13. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive atmosphere? Join one of these introductory courses. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  14. France in revolution: 1789 - 1799

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1789 ordinary French people successfully rebelled against the absolute monarchy and privileged nobility. Find out how the struggle over the social and political system which would replace the Ancien Regime would divide both France and Europe. Tutor: Zoe Quinn.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. American science fiction and society

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines North American literature from the science-fiction genre, written in the 1970s and 80s, that addresses issues of race, gender, violence and power. We will start with Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time and then Sheri S. Tepper’s post-apocalyptic novel, The Gate to Women’s Country.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

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