Culture, history & humanities - 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.

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Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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.

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  1. How to write a novel synopsis and query letter
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosie Chard
    This one-day workshop teaches students how to write a query letter and synopsis of their completed manuscript, essential requirements of submitting to agents and publishers.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
  2. Film studies taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Sep 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Paul Sutton
    Learn how to evaluate and discuss films while enjoying a working example of a City Lit Film Studies class. In this class we will view and explore clips from a number of films, including popular remakes, enabling us to consider and compare themes and techniques from differing filmmaking countries. There will be a chance to review – in brief – film courses at City Lit (September - December 2024).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  3. Study day: Velázquez, painter to the King
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mark Stuart-Smith
    Investigate the work of the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, including enigmatic paintings such as Las Meninas (1656), and learn about how his art relates to his political role as court painter to Philip IV. Includes visit to the National Gallery.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  4. Study day: Surrealism - everything you’ve wanted to know, but were to afraid to ask
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    The Surrealist movement marks its centenary in October 2024, marking the moment that the First Surrealist Manifesto was launched in Paris led by its chief protagonist, André Breton. Come and celebrate this art historical landmark in this special workshop dedicated to Surrealist art. Get closer to the roots of the movement, discover its leading and less well-known artists; have a go at automatic drawing; and engage with Surrealism’s central themes of the dream world, unconscious and desire.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  5. Study day: Leonardo da Vinci, art to understanding the world
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Artist, scientist, and ‘Renaissance Man’ Leonardo da Vinci is considered one of the greatest minds in history. We look at his inspirations, his theories, his process and some of his major works.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  6. Study day: Michelangelo – poet, philosopher, artist
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 1 Dec 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Explore Michelangelo's art through the perspective of his philosophical beliefs. Using the artist’s context, his poetry and letters, this course delves into the cultural concepts behind the subjects and symbols in some of the artist's key works.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  7. Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
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  8. Craft focus: voice and dialogue in fiction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Feb 2025 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosie Chard
    All fiction must speak to us as readers. It must communicate atmosphere and plot, character and layers of meaning with a unique 'voice'. Characters must also sound like themselves with dialogue that compels and convinces. Learn the fundamentals of voice and dialogue in this one-day course.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £40.00
  9. Cutting it fine: collage in modern & contemporary art
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Mar 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    Immerse yourself in an exploration of the history of collage going as far back as ancient China to international contemporary art today. This engaging study day will enhance your knowledge of the roots of this fascinating media, and illustrate how collage techniques have been pivotal to major modern and contemporary art movements, from Cubism, Dada and Surrealism to photomontage and digital art.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
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