Fiction

Fiction Literature Courses
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From Dante to DeLillo, revisit classic literature texts and enjoy discovering new writers and adaptations plus share your views in lively classroom discussions.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of 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, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Get together and read
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Allen
    Enjoy talking with other people about the things you have read? Want to share great stories, poems and drama? Come along and join the conversation. The group is led by a shared reading practitioner trained by The Reader Organisation.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £50.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  2. International Prose and Poetry of the First World War
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Woody River
    The First World War inspired some of the most well-known and best-loved poetry in English literature, but less well known are the poems and prose by international writers from Germany, France, Italy, Slovenia, Russia, Poland, Hungary and America. Over a century since that war, this four-week course will provide an opportunity to read and discuss a selection of poetry and prose written by men who fought in the war, women who contributed to the war effort, and writers who responded retrospectively to the war.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  3. 1922-2022: 100 years of Ulysses, 100 years of Irish independence
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Niall Culligan
    The year 2022 marks the anniversary of two major events in Irish history: the gaining of independence and the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses. These two events are linked in many ways and when considered together offer a fascinating insight into Irish society. In this course, we will attempt to make Ulysses more approachable by examining how it was influenced by political events in Ireland.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £59.00
  4. Dickens the Journalist
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Siv Jansson
    'Before Charles Dickens became a novelist, he was a journalist, and he remained one throughout his life. Interested in an enormous range of subjects and particularly concerned with what he saw as social injustices, Dickens the journalist used his platform as a magazine editor to meditate on varied subjects, such as the railways, travel, poverty, the city, social unrest, law and order, and entertainment. In his journalism we see the qualities of the novelist combined with the realities of Victorian life at all social levels: these essays add to our understanding of what created and sustained Charles Dickens as well as giving a vivid insight into mid-Victorian culture and society.'.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  5. French and Russian short stories
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Niland
    This class explores classic short stories from 19th century French and Russian literature, discussing literary style, themes, and contexts as a way of developing and sharing responses to celebrated European writing. Among the French writers examined will be Balzac, Flaubert, and Maupassant, with our Russians including Gogol, Turgenev, and Chekhov.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  6. Secret Histories, Intrigues and Time Travel: curious letters in contemporary fiction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Wilkinson
    Do you still write letters? Novelists do! This one-day course opens up the dynamic and curious life of letters in twenty-first century fiction. Reading extracts from four novels, we’ll unfold stories of past wrongs, present dilemmas and interstellar futures, to investigate how and why writers today continue to work with letters.



    Includes extracts from An American Marriage (2018) by Tayari Jones, Double Negative (2010) by Ivan Vladislavic, Where'd you go, Bernadette? (2012) by Maria Semple and the Book of Strange New Things (2014) by Michel Faber.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  7. Korean Literature Today
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Beatrice Ashton-Lelliott
    The recent popularity of Squid Game put Korean dramas (also known as K-dramas) in the spotlight for many international audiences, following on from the Hallyu or ‘Korean wave’, which began in the 1990s. Contemporary literature from South Korea, however, is also more accessible than ever before, with new authors in translation gaining fame amongst the likes of giants such as Han Kang. This 8-week online literature course looks at several of the most acclaimed translated Korean novels over the last few years and considers their common themes, such as LGBTQIA issues, gender roles and beauty standards, and the use of surrealist elements.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  8. Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre and Villette
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie Oxenham
    This online Literature course focuses on two novels by Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre and Villette. We will develop an appreciation of Brontë’s narrative methods and concerns through close analysis of her language, alongside engaging with the literary, historical and critical contexts of these novels, and the Brontë ‘mythology’ itself.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
  9. Ways into magic realism
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Wilkinson
    A baby’s spiteful ghost knocks over boiling pans; a ten-year-old boy sees into hearts and minds; a refugee opens a door into another country… In magical realist fiction, real-world events take unexpected turns into the fabulous and fantastical, asking us to think again about what we know.







    On this course we’ll read a selection of magical realist writing, including work by Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison and Mohsin Hamid, as an introduction to this fascinating genre.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  10. What's the Big Idea?: classic and contemporary short stories
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Niland
    Read and discuss celebrated short stories each week for six weeks – discuss and explore what we understand might be the writers’ intentions, and what it means for us as readers – which can be quite different. Join us in sharing feelings about, and reactions to, a selection of classic and contemporary short stories and how they withstand the shifting context of readers, and time.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  11. George Eliot: Middlemarch
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie Oxenham
    This short online literature course will explore George Eliot’s novel, ‘Middlemarch’ (1871-2). Considered by many to be the greatest nineteenth century ‘realist’ novel, we explore its narrative methods and concerns, including its psychologically astute characterisation, and its rich engagement with the ideas and concerns of its time.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  12. Borderlines of Madness in 19th century fiction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarah Wise
    We will explore various themes related to insanity and altered states of consciousness by examining a number of 19th-century works of fiction. Novelists and poets often had the greatest insights into the workings of the mind, and many Victorian psychiatrists cited works of fiction in their case studies. Among the authors we will cover are Charlotte Bronte, Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, Gogol, Herman Melville and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  13. Henry James: The Portrait of a Lady and The Turn of the Screw
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie Oxenham
    This short online literature course will explore two of Henry James’s greatest works: his novel ‘A Portrait of a Lady’ (1881), and novella ‘The Turn of the Screw’ (1898). We will explore James’s narrative methods and concerns, and also engage with contextual and critical material to inform our reading.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  14. The worlds of Toni Morrison: a study of Beloved
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Tobin Brothers
    Toni Morrison’s lyric prose helps the reader grasp the psychological devastation wreaked by the institution of slavery by close observation of a community of ex-slaves re-creating their lives in the second half of the 19th century.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00

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