History, culture & writing - Keeley Street

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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.


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  1. Chinese history taster: the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1636-1912) Dynasties
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Qiuyang Chen
    Join Dr. Qiuyang Chen for this short session in which we will discover the impact of the China of our past on our understanding China of the present.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £8.00 Concession £7.00
  2. Literature taster: contemporary fiction
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Patricia Sweeney
    Ever wondered what studying a Literature course at City Lit is like? Tempted to try, but not ready to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session on contemporary fiction to boost your confidence and whet your appetite for further study!

    Includes information on the Literature programme offering for term three, which runs from April to July 2024.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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