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. An introduction to poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always wanted to read and discuss poetry? Enjoy this introduction to a range of poetry from the last 400 years and explore how the poets shape our responses.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

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    Self-publishing: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to publish your own novel, poetry / short story collection, memoir or non-fiction book? Self-publishing allows you to keep full creative control of your project. But how do you give your book the best chance of achieving high sales and what does a writer need to consider when taking the giant leap of publishing their own book? This course offers students introductory information on the world of self-publishing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Celebrating in Ancient Egypt

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  4. Introduction to biblical interpretation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover and explore key principles in interpreting the Bible and apply them to key texts from the Old and New Testament.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  5. Shamanism in art: an anthropological approach

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores how shamanism and visual cultures converge in art practice, and the reasons for this successful combination.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. Online journalism: pitching and writing for modern media

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With the dawn of online media outlets, there are more opportunities than ever before for writers to showcase their talent to the world. This day workshop guides students in successfully writing and pitching news and features to multiple digital channels.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Creating your author platform online

    Creating your author platform online

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Increasingly publishers are looking for an author with an impressive online presence, as well as a sparkling manuscript. On this one-day workshop, you'll learn how to start and grow your author brand, gain a following and build a readership for your future titles.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Setting is one of the integral elements of fiction craft. It is essential for building a world that a reader can escape into and for providing context that supports character and plot. In this practical one-day intensive course, you'll learn how to create settings that matter in your stories.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Masters of cinema: Spike Lee 'Do the right thing'

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Spike Lee makes films with a social conscience built in. Soul. His first film was a landmark in independent filmmaking and the entire reason for the success of eighties’ independent features. This year he was back with BlackkKlansmen - and Oscar nominated. We do the right thing and review his films.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Introductory anthropology: humans and their cultures

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 4 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will examine differences in social structure and cultural attitudes to address ideas of development, tradition and resistance to change recorded by anthropologists. Designed to complement HA004: Beginners' Anthropology, but new students welcome.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. History and memory across the world

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 4 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    Typically, the past is often seen as ‘gone’, ‘a long time ago’ or even irrelevant. In contrast, this course promotes the idea that the past has a much stronger influence on how we—as individuals, families, communities, societies and in states as collective actors in international politics—think about not only the present but also the future.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  12. Ways into poetry: a gentle pace

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 4 Nov 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Are you brand new to writing poetry? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive environment alongside other beginners in the craft? This gentle short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a poet.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  13. Introduction to journalism

    Introduction to journalism

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 4 Nov 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    On this course students will explore the basic skills a freelance journalist needs to write and sell news and features to newspapers and magazines. From developing ideas and identifying outlets to interview skills and approaching editors.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  14. Ways into creative writing: a gentle pace

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 5 Nov 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Are you brand new to writing creative writing? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive environment alongside other beginners? This gentle short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a creative writer.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  15. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 5 Nov 2019 (and 11 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on one of these fun and supportive short courses covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

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