Explore History, Culture & Writing
Explore our extraordinary range of History, Culture and Writing courses and lectures. We offer both introductory and specialist in-depth courses to suit all levels of interest and experience, from ‘How to read a film’ and World literature, to Creative non-fiction writing courses and American history and Politics courses.
Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators; many have published, teach in universities or share their expertise in the media. Tutors share their knowledge and passion through presentations, readings, interactive discussion and exercises, analysis, and other activities.
Many students return to take more courses, telling us they enjoy being part of our City Lit Learning community.
Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place now.
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- Art history tasterCourse start date: Wed 6 Dec 2023 (and 11 other dates)
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Sarah JaffrayCurious about art history? Join us for this taster session where we explore different ways into visual art and its histories from the ancient to the contemporary.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
- Writing fictionCourse start date: Wed 17 Jan 2024 (and 8 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Alex PickettDevelop your 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.
- Developing your novelCourse start date: Wed 17 Apr 2024 (and 6 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarah LeipcigerHave 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.
- Developing your screenwritingCourse start date: Mon 8 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Alan NixonContinue your screenwriting journey in this practical intermediate 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.
- Ways into creative writingCourse start date: Wed 10 Jan 2024 (and 15 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Grant CorrWant to have a go at creative writing in a supportive environment? Join one of these introductory courses. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.
- Short story writingCourse start date: Wed 17 Jan 2024 (and 8 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Eleanor PennyA hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback to develop your writing skills.
- The 60 minute writerCourse start date: Wed 17 Jan 2024 (and 9 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Yvonne SinghFit creative writing into your busy day: a relaxed, informal rolling programme for writers of all levels of experience who enjoy being thrown new ideas and experimenting with poetry and prose.
- Advanced fiction writing workshopCourse start date: Wed 17 Jan 2024 (and 8 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarah LeipcigerFor 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.
- Creative non-fictionCourse start date: Wed 10 Jan 2024 (and 10 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Julie GartonExplore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
- Ways into screenwritingCourse start date: Wed 10 Jan 2024 (and 4 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Alan NixonLearn 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.
- Contemporary life and its discontents: paradoxes of the presentCourse start date: Wed 10 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Katie GossTwenty-first century culture is becoming increasingly strange: from conspiracy theories and climate anxiety to compulsive doom-scrolling and the meme-ification of everyday life. This course will explore these and other phenomenon endemic to the present, analysing and exploring their significance through texts, films, artworks, cultural objects and psychoanalytic theory.Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
- Post-colonial cinemasCourse start date: Wed 10 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Jean-Baptiste de VaulxThis course will examine a crucially important but often neglected area of film history, namely the responses to and against colonialist legacy made by many different strands of filmmaking around the Global South, from films like The Battle of Algiers, to Latin American Third Cinema, via Sub-Saharan African filmmakers such as Sembene or Mambety, in order to enrich the canon of world cinema.Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £77.00
- The Great (European) Powers and the creation of the Middle East, 1914-1948Course start date: Wed 10 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sebastien ArdouinHow and why did the countries of the Middle East emerge, and what were the consequences of that process? What was the role of Britain and France? What impact did the US and the USSR have on the region?Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
- Eastern Europe during the Cold War, 1945-1989Course start date: Wed 10 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sebastien ArdouinWhat led to the establishment of the communist regimes of Eastern Europe, how did they evolve, and why did they collapse? What was life like for citizens of the Eastern bloc?Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
- Developing your creative writingCourse start date: Fri 22 Sep 2023 (and 4 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sophie McKenzieThis supportive intermediate course for writers with some experience will provide inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice. You will be working with other aspiring writers and benefit from the support and encouragement that working with a group over a whole term can bring.
This course supports several kinds of creative writing, including prose fiction, poetry, reflective writing and memoir, whether they are finished pieces or works-in-progress.
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