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. Writing horror: a beginners’ guide

    Writing horror: a beginners’ guide

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Where does terror begin? This fun day workshop explores the core elements of the horror genre so you can walk in the footsteps of writers like Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson and Stephen King.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. The Etruscans

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the mysterious people who lived in Central Italy and ended up being enveloped by the Romans.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  3. Short story reading group: classics to contemporary

    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us in sharing feelings about, and reactions to, a selection of classic and contemporary short stories where we will be reading "The Destructors" by Graham Greene and "How to Win" by Daisy Johnson. Meetings on 28 Oct, 2 December, 3 Feb, 9 March, 11 May and 22 June.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  4. Thinking through philosophy: a guide

    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is morality and what is it based on? Is the mind a ghost in the machine?

    What can I really know? This is a beginner’s introduction to how philosophy tackles questions like these and many others.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  5. The French nation and Napoleon

    The French nation and Napoleon

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Napoleon had a huge impact on the French state and the French nation and many of his ideas and reforms were also adopted across Europe as a result of the French empire which Napoleon founded. Some of these developments were due to Napoleon himself and others emerged because of the systems he set up and the people he employed. Many of the changes he initiated have had long term effects which can be seen up until the current day. The course will examine some of these developments. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. The Soviet Union and the Second World War

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course focuses on the Soviet experience of the Second World War, dating from the diplomacy of the late 1930s to the defeat of Germany and Japan in 1945.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  7. Reading hieroglyphics

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    Information to be provided shortly.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  8. Writing on the walls: London prose in the late 20th century 1973-1988

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 29 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at a selection of London prose writing from 1973 to 1988, this course explores key trends in literary depictions of the city to have emerged during this time. Including canonical and lesser-known writers, it offers a wide panorama as well as plentiful opportunities for close analysis.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  9. History reading group: radical thinkers of the 20th century

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a forum to explore radical thinkers and doers and their contexts, selecting individuals from twentieth century Europe and beyond.

    NOTE: We will meet four times: 30 October, 4 December 2019; 19 February and 1 April 2020. First text: Mussolini, R.J. B. Bosworth (Bloomsbury Academic, 2010). Tutor: Carmel Elwell.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  10. Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short introductory course explore the core elements of creative non-fiction across genres such as travel writing, the personal essay and life writing. On this course you will start to produce your own works of creative non-fiction.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. The making of the UK 1603-1801: Restoration, revolution and political unions

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How was the United Kingdom made? What were most significant events and ideas that shaped the political unions? How did ordinary people contribute to, and experience, major political upheaval? These are the central questions which this course will address.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. Biography writing: an introduction

    Biography writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes a great biography? This introductory course, led by a professional biographer, covers the key techniques used in this exciting genre.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. Picture book writing: advanced

    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to workshop, edit and polish your picture book texts for young children? This course is designed for advanced picture book writers wishing to hone and improve their own stories. Explore ideas and learn techniques through peer and tutor workshop activities.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £56.00

  14. The politics of austerity

    Course Date: Fri 1 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Nine years of austerity has changed Britain. We ask questions such as why are 21% of UK citizens living poverty? We will discuss the need for austerity: political choice or economic necessity?
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. Submitting your poetry to magazines

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 1 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Taught by the editor of Southbank Poetry, this short course is designed to guide students on submitting their poetry to magazines, journals and websites for publications.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

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