Literary non-fiction

Literary non-fiction is wide-ranging, creative and innovative. From short essays to longer prose, from Montaigne to Rebecca Solnit, our courses allow you to explore dynamic, varied and often genre-busting works, across a broad range of subjects.

Courses available both in-person and online

Study in-person, or online from the comfort of home. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. Our interactive classes allow you to participate in discussions with fellow adult students and share your interest in advanced literary study as part of a learning community. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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We offer daytime, evening and weekend courses, both short and long. Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators. Tutors share their knowledge and passion through presentations, screenings, interactive discussion, analysis, and other activities.

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Many students return to take more courses, telling us they enjoy being part of our City Lit literary community. Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place now.

 

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  1. Writing and walking: Virginia Woolf, Nan Shepherd and Rebecca Solnit
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie Oxenham
    This online course considers the relationship between walking and writing in three innovative works of literary non-fiction: Virginia Woolf’s essay ‘Street Haunting’ (1927), Nan Shepherd’s ‘The Living Mountain’ (written c. 1945, first pub. 1977), and Rebecca Solnit’s ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’ (2006).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
  2. Great Essayists: humourists, firebrands and provocateurs
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Niland
    From Henry David Thoreau and George Orwell to James Baldwin and Joy Williams, the essay exists as a literary vehicle for urgent ideas in a range of skillfully controlled literary voices. This class examines the work of classic essayists, delving into the work of both impassioned and reflective non-fiction writers.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  3. The Art of the Essay: from Michel de Montaigne to Audre Lorde
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dalia Neis
    We will go on a journey to investigate the art and form of the essay through collectively reading a variety of essayists from the early 20th century to the present day. We will explore the essay’s hazy boundaries between diary, literary criticism, nature writing, elegy, aphorism, political tract, and mystical/religious experiences through key essayists including Walter Benjamin, Virginia Woolf, Clarice Lispector, Audre Lorde, Etel Adnan, James Baldwin, David Rattray, and Claudia Rankine.



    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

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