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.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses.

For a limited time new students can get 20% off their first online course using code CITYLIT20. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

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  1. Modern France: from de Gaulle and the Resistance to Macron

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 22 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    (Re)discover France's complex politics during the Fourth and Fifth Republics, and the social challenges and tensions the country faced both at times of growth and modernisation and of crisis and doubts. Course tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. Life in Anglo-Saxon England

    Course Date: Thu 25 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    An overview of aspects of life in the period 400 –1100 AD.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rose quartz sunsets, the cool citrus of iced lemonade, cold beer or a hosepipe ban. Whatever summer means to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture the sunnier seasons of the earth, sky, mind and heart.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Tabloid newspaper tales

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the biggest front page stories of the last 50 years and see how newspapers were transformed from hot metal to digital production and colour. From scandals that rocked politics and royalty to closing down Britain’s largest circulation newspaper. Try writing a news and feature article – just like a journalist and then take home a memorable newspaper front page of one of the biggest news stories ever produced.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Wolf Hall and beyond: fact and fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Whether you enjoyed reading the novels or simply want to blag your way through life without reading them, this day school is for you.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. US election special: update 6

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 30 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    With America increasingly in turmoil with the virus, the economy and civil disruption in many forms, the election of 2020 is increasingly looking like the most unpredictable and significant since 1968. We will look at the race for President; its mechanics; what is happening; and what is the historical context. We will also be exploring the upcoming congressional elections and the effect it will have on the Senate and House.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  7. Writing a memoir (continuation)

    Writing a memoir (continuation)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 8 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This continuation course guides students in developing a memoir project that will resonate and inspire.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  8. Craft focus: novel plotting workshop (advanced)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 8 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you have made a start on your novel, but need help getting it into shape, this course provides a flexible template that will help you to overcome the obstacles ahead.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  9. A journey through Boccaccio's Decameron

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The Decameron is one of the early literary works in the Italian language and it had a significant influence on many other writers. Come and discover the genesis of the novel and some of the stories that still resonate with readers today.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Travel writing workshop

    Travel writing workshop

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to write about places you've visited or the people you met there who inspired you? This course explores what travel editors of blogs, magazines and books are currently looking for. Learn how to get a commission and rack up bylines. Receive practical advice on identifying suitable outlets and contacting editors.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you just starting to write poetry? This inspiring short course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  12. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  13. Why do we obey? The politics of obedience

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    We groan against bosses, berate politicians, demonstrate against most aspects of the social system, and then humbly take our orders from above. Is obedience imprinted in our genes? How submissive must people be for society to function? In this short course we will discuss the politics of obedience – drawing on psychology, anthropology, history, and political philosophy.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  14. Greek and Roman archaeology: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Introduce yourself to the archaeology of the ancient world, from the palaces of the Minoans and Mycenaeans to the Roman Forum.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  15. The Odyssey reading group (in translation)

    The Odyssey reading group (in translation)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Homer’s epic tale of Odysseus’ journey home after the Trojan War may now be over 2,500 years old but it still has much to tell us about the Ancient Greek world that is still relevant today. Explore this great work in translation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

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