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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.

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  1. Ways into creative writing: an introduction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Eleanor Penny
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on one of these fun and supportive short courses covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  2. The Renaissance in Umbria
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lydia Goodson
    Explore the Italian Renaissance from Umbria, the land of Raphael and Perugino. Expand your knowledge beyond Florence, Rome and Venice to discover the artistic treasures of this little-studied region of Italy.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  3. Seminal films of the 1980s
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mick McAloon
    In the 1980s, as Hollywood rejected the auteur-driven movies of the 1970s in favour of “high-concept” action films (Top Gun, Days of Thunder) there were still filmmakers – Martin Scorsese, Agnès Varda, Jane Campion and Spike Lee – who continued to expand the art form. Drawing from Europe, Britain, New Zealand and America, this course explores some of the defining films of a much-maligned decade.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  4. Friday lates: 'the future is now', an introduction to video art
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Irina Chkhaidze
    Explore the early history of video art, its rise as a medium and its significance as a contemporary art practice. We focus on the influential video works from the 1960s-1980s.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  5. 'We're still here': new contemporary painting in the UK
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    Living in a digital age, is contemporary painting ‘redundant'? This four week course explores how alive and kicking contemporary painting is in Britain. Discover how exciting, new UK-based artists use both experimental and traditional painting approaches to address issues of identity, history and personal experience.



    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 £60.00
  6. Life writing: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Claire Collison
    This inspiring workshop encourages students to explore a range of techniques and approaches for writing about your own life.



    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 £69.00 Concession £28.00
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  7. Micro-memoir: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Garton
    A life is measured in moments as well as momentous occasions. This fun day workshop coaches students in the art of micro-memoir. Can you write about an instant that changed you in 200 words or less?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £8.00
    Rating:
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  8. Judaism and Modernist Literature: from Kafka to Clarice Lispector
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  James Leveque
    This course will examine the contributions of Jewish writers in the developments of literary Modernism, from the beginning of the 20th century. We will develop an understanding of how Jewish writers deployed the techniques and themes developed in Modernist writing to approach a series of topics, such as the Jewish family and his or relation to the national body, the Jew as racialised figure and anti-semitism, and the Jewish scriptural traditions.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  9. Friday lates: Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kara Walker - representing history
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Explore how Basquiat and Walker, two of contemporary art’s most important voices, use art history, from Ancient Egypt to Abstract Expressionism, to get viewer's thinking about contemporary issues of racism, gender and representation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  10. Go to the Warres:’ Women, Power and the English Civil Wars
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Spies, military strategists, couriers, petitioners, soldiers, nurses – women played an extraordinary variety of roles during the English Civil Wars of the 1640s. In this session, we will explore the significance of women’s participation for both the Royalist and Parliamentarian causes. What motivated women and what can their experiences teach us about the nature of the relationship between gender, power and warfare in the era?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  11. Demeter, Persephone, and the myth of rebirth
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Anita Kasabova
    Goddesses Demeter and Persephone are associated with the crop cycle and the Eleusinian mysteries. In this course we discuss the Homeric hymn to Demeter and explore the soul’s descent into the underworld and its rebirth, guided by the ‘Orphic’ gold tablets found in ancient graves.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  12. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jennifer Wong
    Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this fun but informative day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.



    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 £69.00 Concession £28.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  13. How to spark your creative writing
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie McKenzie
    Discover the joy of creative writing! Leave stress and worry at the door and find new ways to express your creativity on this fun, dynamic and supportive short course. Please note: this course will have a 2-hr break from 12:30-14:30.



    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 £69.00 Concession £28.00
  14. The 60 minute writer
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Rosie Fiore
    Fit creative writing into your busy day: a relaxed, informal rolling programme for writers of all levels of experience who enjoy being thrown new ideas and experimenting with poetry and prose.



    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 £40.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  15. Creative non-fiction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Vicky Grut
    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 will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00

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