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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.

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  1. Ways into creative writing: a gentle pace
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Charlotte Heather
    Are you brand new to creative writing? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive environment alongside other beginners? This gentle short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a creative writer.



    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 £36.00
  2. Write a short story in a weekend
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jan 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Maria Thomas
    Turn your great idea into a short story on this fun practical course. Through a series of inspiring exercises, you'll be introduced to some key fiction writing techniques and encouraged to draft a short story from beginning to end. Suitable for beginners who are comfortable learning at a fast pace. Please note: this course has a 2-hr break each session 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £40.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  3. Transports of delight: London's railway stations
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Eleanor Jackson
    London's stations see over 1 billion journeys annually, but the buildings themselves are often ignored. Explore a different station and environs each week, discovering the architecture, history, stories and future of these lifelines of London.



    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 £139.00 Concession £61.00
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  4. Ancient cities St. Paul knew
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Michael Bloomfield
    Discover eight fascinating ancient cities, which are amazing places to visit.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  5. City of words: further adventures
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Eleanor Jackson
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections.



    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 £44.00
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  6. Exploring film studies: a beginner's guide
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    Develop your critical understanding of cinema through a range of concepts and critical approaches in the study of film, including narrative, genre, spectatorship, authorship and directors, popular cinema, art cinema, national cinema, early and silent film, along with technological developments including the transition to sound, while we view and discuss a wide range of key films as examples.



    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
  7. Writing non-fiction for children: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Catherine Ingram
    On this interactive taster course, you will explore children’s non-fiction writing; an exciting and wide-ranging field, encompassing biography, narrative non-fiction and the classic fact book.



    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
  8. Performance poetry
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Arji Manuelpillai
    Write poetry and perform it, finding your own style and delivery under the guidance of a spoken word artist. Explore the differences between performance and other forms of poetry.



    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
  9. Ancient American civilisations: the North
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 9 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Max Carocci
    Explore the little known history of pre-Columbian civilizations North of Mexico and their links to Aztec and other Mexican cultures.



    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 £79.00
  10. The philosophy of Hannah Arendt: where are we when we think?
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Goff
    “ … the thinking activity belongs among those energeiai [activities] which, like flute-playing, have their ends within themselves and leave no tangible outside end product in the world we inhabit.”.



    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 £26.00
  11. The art of writing the personal essay
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Katie Da Cunha Lewin
    Follow in the footsteps of Dorothy Parker, George Orwell and Zadie Smith with this taster course on the personal essay, a continuously thriving genre of autobiographical writing.



    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
  12. Writing the prose poem: a taster
    Last Few Places, ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Irigaray
    A form that’s flowered in recent years, this short course will guide you to write your own prose poetry.



    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
  13. Writing love poetry
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Megan Beech
    With Valentine's Day approaching, what better way to woo your lover than with some poetry?



    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. Writing about food: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Laura Silverman
    Love food and want to write about it? Whether you’re keen to review dishes, interview chefs or write about sustainable eating, now is your chance.



    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:
    87% of 100
  15. Writing a romantic comedy
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ray Grewal
    Learn the conventions of the romantic comedy genre and how to write a script that combines love and laughter to great effect. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.



    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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