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.

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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 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. Picture book writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jan 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lou Kuenzler
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories; a starter course to develop both your ideas and your technique.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £70.00
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  2. Cutting it fine: collage in modern & contemporary art
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Mar 2024

    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 £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  3. Masters of cinema: Steve McQueen
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Sutton
    This course will explore the work of the Turner prize winning artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen. Awarded an Oscar in 2014 for his film, 12 Years a Slave, McQueen has been producing politically and racially committed artworks and films since the early 1990s. His most recent project, the five film Small Axe (2020) was broadcast on the BBC amid increasing recognition that racial prejudice for Britain’s ethnic minorities remains as prevalent today as it was half a century ago. This course will examine McQueen’s work as a response to and an engagement with these experiences.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  4. Writing for television: getting started
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jim Hill
    Do you want to write for an ongoing TV drama or pitch your own idea for a television series? Start your screenwriting journey on this practical short course. Examine the structure of an episodic TV drama, and explore approaches to the genre in a fun, supportive environment.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
  5. Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
  6. Modern art in Ireland
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Henry Martin
    This course explores how artists on the island of Ireland have responded to, and created, cultural and social change between 1922 and 2022. Themes include religion, inequality, post-colonialism, modernity, secularism and the Troubles.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  7. Queer Storytelling: writing as a radical act
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Megan Beech
    This one day short course will explore the writing of two contemporary queer writers, both of whom use innovative form to tell unique stories of lesbian and trans experience. We'll look at the exhilarating, T.S Eliot Prize winning, C+nto and Othered Poems (2021) by Joelle Taylor and Variations (2022).
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  8. 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
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