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. Jump start your play

    Jump start your play

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 21 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you got a script idea but not yet put pen to paper? Or a script you started long ago but never finished? This intensive one-day course is like a dramaturgy bootcamp. You’ll inject some new energy into your idea – and get a headstart at writing it. A perfect motivator to finally fulfill those playwriting resolutions, suitable only for those with playwriting experience.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Petrie and Pendlebury: two archaeologists at Amarna

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A comparison of the excavations conducted by Flinders Petrie and John Pendlebury at Akhenaten’s capital at Amarna. Spend time up close with their Amarna treasures in the nearby Petrie Museum at University College London.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  4. The Maya

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about one of the most magnificent, but misunderstood civilisations of the ancient world - the ancient Maya from the rainforests of Central America. We'll examine their history and culture.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. Getting published

    Getting published

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    So you've finished your novel. What's next? This short course provides guidance in submitting to agents and publishers, and helps you to tailor your work to maximise its potential in the marketplace.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  6. Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 23 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, learn how to get started and what's involved in autobiographical writing. Explore various resources from diaries to dreams, memories and fantasy.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. La Belle Epoque? An introduction to French politics, society and culture in the early 20th century

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Was La Belle Epoque really a “golden age”? Socio-economic conditions remained appalling for many and deep tensions over issues such as religion and workers' rights divided society. Yet a sense of optimism prevailed, fostered by a flamboyant cultural life, greater access to leisure and scientific and technical progress.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. Developing your fairytale

    Developing your fairytale

    Course Date: Thu 25 Jul 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Already devised a cunning plan for your own fairytale? This fun day workshop coaches students on how to add an extra dash of magic into the cauldron while writing in the fairytale genre.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Climate change and its implications

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Climate change is the most serious issue the world faces, with far reaching social, economic and political consequences. Inaction would be dramatic but solutions to limit temperature rises will also have profound impact on societies and on the world order.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Constable's Hampstead

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover where Constable lived, the houses and landscapes he painted, as well as his family tomb. This talk is illustrated with pictures and quotes from his letters about his art and feelings for Hampstead.

    Starts outside Hampstead tube (High Street entrance) and ends in Hampstead Churchyard (a short distance from the tube). It includes a short amount of walking on the Heath. Starts outside Hampstead tube (High Street entrance) and ends in Hampstead Churchyard (a short distance from the tube). The course will include a short amount of walking on the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  11. What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write fast and edit fast in this poem-blitzing workshop. Learn to step back, look at your poem and think about the different directions it might take. Practise ruthlessness as well as care in the poem’s service.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  12. Shakespeare: a dip into some key tragedies, comedies and histories

    Shakespeare: a dip into some key tragedies, comedies and histories

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate the genius of Shakespeare: his timeless themes, complex characterisation, beautiful language and power in performance. Explore extracts from plays including 'Hamlet', 'Othello, Richard III', 'Twelfth Night' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  13. Picture book writing: a taster

    Course Date: Tue 30 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This taster 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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Crime and punishment in the Middle Ages

    Crime and punishment in the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Fri 2 Aug 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Crime and punishment during the Middle Ages. Using medieval London records, we explore how municipal authorities dealt with a range of offenders from murderers to cross-dressing prostitutes. Tutor: Vanessa King

    Tutor Bio: Vanessa King is a medieval historian and has taught history and history of art for Birkbeck and

    Goldsmiths Colleges, University of London since 1999. She also teaches for the WEA and the Mary Ward Centre.

    Vanessa has published several articles focussing on Domesday Studies and more recently on the impact of the

    Black Death on fourteenth century England. She is currently engaged in writing a book on medieval queenship.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  15. Film at the BFI: Cary Grant, Hollywood's Leading Man

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 6 Aug 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Cary Grant was the very epitome of a movie star – excelling at action, comedy and romance until his screen persona was changed forever by Hitchcock, who pushed him to a new and darker level. This eight-week evening course, led by John Wischmeyer, will explore the background, career, talent and legacy of one of Hollywood’s greatest leading men.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

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