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. Greek myths: ancient truths, modern mystery

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Myth permeated all aspects of ancient society and much the same can be said today. Investigate the relevance and perseverance of the Greek myth and why these tales continue to fascinate.

    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: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  2. Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies. Photo: Giovanni Dall'Orto

    Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore Muslim societies in modern times: the reception of modern ideas and institutions, the status of traditional practices, debates around the nation state, democracy, gender, identity, globalisation and extremism. Tutor: Farid Panjwani.

    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: £26.00

  3. The Aztecs

    The Aztecs

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover one of the great New World civilisations and their achievements - the Aztecs of Mexico.

    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: £36.00

  4. History and memory as democratic practice

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The workshop will explore history and memory work in the different spheres of British politics, activism, popular culture, heritage, history education, and historical research and openly address the question of how we can engage to promote history and memory work as democratic practice.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  5. Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on a course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Freelance journalism

    Freelance journalism

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fast track through the essential skills for writing newspaper and magazine articles with a widely experienced Fleet Street professional. Experiment with challenging interviews and receive insider tips on selling your work.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  7. The Maya

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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: £36.00

  8. Getting published

    Getting published

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  9. How to write a short story

    How to write a short story

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Through a series of inspiring and practical exercises, you'll be encouraged to tap into your imagination and draft a short story from beginning to end in four days.

    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

  10. Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Jul 2020
    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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Introduction to advanced academic writing (year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Introduction to advanced academic writing (year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Course Date: Tue 21 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to postgraduate academic writing and beyond. On this one-day workshop we will explore the building blocks and strategies for good writing. Ideal for those studying, or contemplating writing, at this level.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Aesop's fables: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 21 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Aesop’s fables have been used through history to clarify important issues within society. Investigate their perseverance through history and why they continue to be relevant today.

    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: £30.00

  13. Ancient Greek poetry reading group (in translation) - Sappho

    Ancient Greek poetry reading group (in translation)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are still well-loved, but other archaic Greek poets’ surviving works are equally fascinating. Explore the world and works of Hesiod, Archilochus, Sappho, Pindar and others.

    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: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

    Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

    Course Date: Wed 22 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore interesting, off-beat and diverse approaches to generating verse on this one-day course. Try out cut-ups, found lines, experiments in meter and rhyme, and much more.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Course Date: Fri 24 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this fun but informative day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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