History, culture & writing - KS - 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.

Study in-person at City Lit or offsite, or online from the comfort of home, with interactive classes that allow you to participate in discussions with fellow adult students. We offer daytime, evening and weekend courses, both short and long. For more information on our online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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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  1. A taste of creative writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive short course. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  2. Autobiography into fiction: a taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction in this fun course for fiction writing beginners and those interested in writing fiction from life. Develop your writing skills and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives, realistic or fantastical.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  3. History taster: From one empire to another?
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Join us for an introduction on to how to make sense of the British and American ways of seeking global dominance and the ways in which people have resisted as we see the (re-)emergence of China, India and Russia in global politics and economics.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £8.00 Concession £5.00
  4. Art history taster
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Dec 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Explore art history in this fun and supportive one-off taster session. Ideal if you want to get a sense of the subject, but don’t have time to commit to a whole course.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  5. Christmas before we knew it: Saturnalia unwrapped
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    We all need a lift as winter sets in and the days get shorter... and the ancient Romans were no exception. The festival of Saturnalia was a time of 'libertas Decembri' (as the poet Horace put it), and included some customs that might strike a chord with modern day practices.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  6. A taste of philosophy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Have you ever wondered what philosophy is? What do philosophers talk about? Can they tell you the meaning of life or is it just jargon and navel gazing? Come along and find out.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  7. Film studies taster
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 popular film remakes, enabling us to explore and compare themes and techniques from differing filmmaking countries. There will be a chance to review – in brief – film courses at City Lit (January - September 2022).



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  8. Television screenwriting: a taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Do you want to write for an ongoing TV drama or pitch your own idea for a television series one day? Start your screenwriting journey on this practical short course. Examine the structure of an episodic television drama and explore approaches to the genre in a fun and supportive environment.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  9. Writing fiction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Sep 2021 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Lovers of fiction can develop their 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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    86% of 100
  10. Developing your screenwriting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Continue 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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  11. Writing for magazines
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  12. Understanding the modern world
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  13. Creative writing for learners with dyslexia (SpLD)
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive environment? This course is designed to help you tap into your creativity and find your unique writing voice. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience of creative writing who identify as having dyslexia.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
  14. Contemporary cinema: the best films of the year
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A crucial course on contemporary/current cinema which coincides with the wide range of films released immediately before the Bafta/Oscar awards season. A weekly ‘what’s on’ previews these films and reviews films seen in the previous weeks. The first session is the drawing up of a definitive student list of the best films of the past year. This course is now more timely than ever as we return to cinemas and to the classroom at Keeley Street.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  15. Creative non-fiction
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Explore 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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00

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