Literature

Literature Courses in London

Explore our exciting range of Literature courses, from Literary History, to specialist courses in Fiction, Poetry and Drama. We offer introductory and in-depth courses to suit all levels of interest and experience, where you can revisit classic texts and discover new writers.

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.

Study in-person or online from the comfort of home, with classes that allow you to participate in discussions with fellow adult students and share your passion for literature as part of a learning community. We offer daytime, evening and weekend courses, both short and long.

Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators; many also teach in universities or share their expertise in the media. Tutors share their knowledge and passion for fiction, poetry and drama through presentations, readings, interactive discussion, analysis, and other activities.

Many students return to take more courses, telling us they enjoy being part of our City Lit literary community; others are inspired to progress onto university study.

Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place now.

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  1. Stories from Europe
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Aamer Hussein
    Freshly translated or newly rediscovered gems of European writing from the second half of the 20th century include Arturo’s Island by Elsa Morante (Italy), The Last and the First by Nina Berberova (Russia), The Inseparables by Simone de Beauvoir (France), Train was on Time by Heinrich Boll (Germany), Forty Lost Years by Rosa Maria Arquimbau (Catalonia/Spain) and The Man From London by Simenon (Belgium).
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  2. Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie Oxenham
    This online Literature course explores three novels by Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. We will develop an appreciation of Austen’s narrative style and social critique through close analysis of her language, informing our reading by engaging with the literary, historical and critical contexts of these novels.



    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 £111.00 Concession £90.00
  3. South Asian fictions
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Aamer Hussein
    Explore contemporary and historical stories about one of the most creatively fertile regions of the world, written in English by novelists with a strong British connection. Includes: A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie (Pakistan), The Book of Golden Leaves by Mirza Waheed Kashmir), Friend of my Youth by Amit Chaudhuri (India), How To Get Filthy Rich in Modern Asia by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan), and Sunlight on a Broken Column by Attia Hosain (India).
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  4. Hidden Treasures: rediscovered classics
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Aamer Hussein
    Join us to read and discuss freshly translated or newly rediscovered gems of international writing from the second half of the 20th century, including ‘After Midnight’ by Irmgard Keun (1937, Germany) and ‘All our Yesterdays' by Natalia Ginzburg (1952, Italy).
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  5. William Cowper's The Task: 'The growing seeds of wisdom'
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Peter Brennan
    William Cowper’s THE TASK (1785) is the great forgotten epic of English poetry. A blank verse meditative poem, it was immediately immensely popular. Both Wordsworth and Jane Austen refer to Cowper approvingly, while Coleridge plagiarised The Task in ‘Frost at Midnight’. Cowper offers both trenchant and subtle reflections on worldly success as against inward authenticity and integrity, while evoking the healing powers of nature and pleading for kindness towards all creatures.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  6. Island adventure stories
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 24 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Fiona McCulloch
    Discover and discuss a selection of novels set on desert islands. Why are adventure tales often set on islands? Are these islands paradises or purgatories? Who are civilised characters and who are savages? Why? Since Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719), we have been spellbound by stories of shipwreck and survival, so we will explore this further in novels that come after Crusoe, known as 'Robinsonnades'.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00

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