Fiction Courses in London

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

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  1. Victorian fiction 1840 -1880: the rise of Realism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The course will consider the Victorian novel over a period of 40 years from the perspective of realism and its importance in the development of the novel’s form, style and significance.

    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: £36.00

  2. Charles Dickens: 'The Story of our lives' - 'Great Expectations, 'Hard Times' & 'Little Dorrit'

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Dickens adapted words from Shakespeare to describe his periodical All the Year Round – and by implication his central purpose as a writer of novels. By close analysis of key scenes from three major works, we shall illuminate precisely how Dickens presents the crucial life choices that we make and the often unforeseeable – but sustained – impact that these have on ourselves and on others.

    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: £36.00

  3. Ways into advanced literary study

    Ways into advanced literary study

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    From Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson, from Ibsen to Chekhov and Henry James to Virginia Wolf, this course will enhance your appreciation of literary genres and styles from different periods, developing the rigour and skills of reading and writing that belong to a higher level of study. Includes three Saturdays.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  4. Meeting Proust on Swann's Way

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover Proust's inner world exploration in a close reading of the first volume of In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way. A deferred kiss, a dipped madeleine and a whole world unfolds.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  5. Great Novellas

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The novella (or long short story/short novel) became perhaps the most successful and intriguing literary forms of the 19th and 20th centuries. Find out how and why some of the greatest modern writers including James Baldwin, Ivan Turgenev, Ian McEwan and Lorrie Moore used the form to create work that was concise, resonant, enigmatic and often ground breaking.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  6. Get together and read

    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  7. City Lit Evening Reading Group

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read The Porpoise by Mark Haddon (2019). Monthly meetings on 28 Sept, 26 Oct, 23 Nov; 25 Jan, 22 Feb, 22 March, 26 April, 24 May, and 28 June.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

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