History, Culture & Writing Courses in London

We offer an extraordinary range of courses during the day, in the evening and at weekends, from the most popular subjects to the completely unique, including film studies, creative and non-fiction writing courses and American history courses. Many of our tutors are nationally recognised in their fields, including published authors, and practising professionals in the media. As a learner you can also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as the British Film Institute and close links with The British Museum, the London Transport Museum and many others.

Want to speak to a member of the Humanities Team to find out more about our courses? Call us on 020 7492 2652 or email us on humanities@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From: £10.00

  2. Life writing: a taster

    Life writing: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 28 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This inspiring workshop encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to create vivid and engaging life writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Craft focus: point of view in fiction

    Craft focus: point of view in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Who speaks and who sees? Point of view is the answer to these essential questions in fiction. Learn the fundamentals of point of view in this one-day course designed to help you write stories with clear and compelling perspectives. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Keats' 18th century forebears

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Too often it is assumed that the Romantic poets engineered a complete break with their eighteenth-century predecessors. By exploring the work of five of Keats’s forebears, this course offers an opportunity to reconsider that assumption.

    NB. This course will take place at Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, London. NW3 2RR.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Diving into the Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys answers Charlotte Bronte

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In a close consideration of Rhys’ haunting work, Wide Sargasso Sea, we will consider how systems of power and

    history define and subjugate the individual in intimate spaces. Please read the work in preparation for the course.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  6. The Politics of Archaeology: The Age of Empires (1840 - 1914)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will provide students with an introduction to British archaeology in the Middle East during the long 19th century. Starting with British and French exploration of the Assyrian cities of Nineveh and Nimrud we will study the interconnection between archaeology, exploration, and international politics in the Age of Empire. We will look at the role of museums in fuelling the competitive interest of the British, French, German and Ottoman Empires in acquiring the material remains of the past.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  7. The Algerian War and its legacy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Between 1954 and 1962 France fought a desperate war to try to maintain its grip on Algeria, with dramatic human and political consequences, which are felt to this day in both countries. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Religions of India: what Jainism can teach us about peace and the environment

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Jain religion is non-theistic and believes in an everlasting soul and a material body. Its morality is based on non-violence and non-acquisition. The Jain aphorism ‘all life is interdependent’ is in tune with creating a peaceful and sustainable world.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  9. Homer's Iliad: reading group

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 5 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and explore Homer's great epic tale in translation.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Develop both your ideas and your technique.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  11. Create your first poetry collection

    Create your first poetry collection

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You've written and workshopped your poetry, and now you're ready to create your first collection. But where do you begin with that process? This day workshop offers instruction and advice on putting together your first poetry collection.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. German chancellors from Bismarck to Merkel

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on the personalities and policies of a number of important chancellors, this course introduces students to key aspects and agents of the governance of Germany over the past century and a half.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  13. The end of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Arab nationalism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive-lecture day course will trace the growth of Arab nationalism in the decaying Ottoman Empire and the formation of new Arab states in the aftermath of World War I: fascinating background to understanding contemporary events in the Middle East. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. Writing strong women (in celebration of International Women's Day)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate strong women on International Women's Day with this one-off session on how to create your own, powerful fictional females.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Pre-Colonial India: Trade Networks and Spices

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive introductory course focuses on India’s central place in the pre-colonial trade network. Through the history of the spice trade the course will explore the important position of India in global trade.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

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