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 for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 5 Nov 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  2. 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

  3. Travel writing

    Travel writing

    Course Date: Wed 6 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make travelling pay. Find out what travel editors of newspapers and magazines look for, how to get a commission, write a saleable article and get your trip financed. Practical advice on identifying suitable outlets and contacting editors.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  4. Reading & writing group: exploring 'On Writing' by Stephen King

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 8 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Craft texts are a wonderful resource for any budding fiction writer and it can help our understanding if we chat about them with others. In this short session we'll discuss popular craft text 'On Writing' by Stephen King and complete a writing exercise based on a key concept from the book.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  5. Tolkien as translator

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One of the 20th century’s most popular authors, J.R.R. Tolkien was also a scholar of the medieval period. He translated the poetic masterpieces Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf. This course considers his translations, his style, and what it tells us about 20th century perceptions of medieval literature.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. Egyptology day

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    After thousands of years, the legacy of the Ancient Egyptians continues to captivate. This autumn, leading experts and specialists shed new light on this mysterious civilisation at City Lit's annual Egyptology day. No prior knowledge is required - just bring your curiosity!
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  7. From Maria Edgeworth to George Eliot: the British novel 1780 - 1880

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day course will give an overview of the key developments in the rise of the novel as it became the most popular written form between 1780 and 1880. It will explore different styles and developments in the novel and consider what made it such a success story in this period (and beyond!).
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. 'Equal in God's sight but not in man's'?: women and the Christian church in the 19th century

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Women were the mainstay of the Christian Church. But denominations’ attitudes towards them varied notably regarding home/overseas mission and fears of ‘feminisation’. They were also divided over women’s demands for higher education and the franchise.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  9. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019 (and 9 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive one-day course. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. A taste of journalism

    A taste of journalism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever dreamed of becoming a journalist? Come and learn the basics from an experienced news and features journalist. Discover how journalists develop, write and edit their stories.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Narrative comedy: writing for TV in the online age

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 10 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Award-winning shows like Fleabag, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and People Just Do Nothing have changed the face of comedy. Add streaming services – where This Country began – and the opportunities to develop narrative comedy are multitude. This course led by an Emmy award-winning Producer, explains how to identify your outlets and modify your projects accordingly.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Writing black out poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 10 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Sometimes a poem is shaped by stripping words away. This fun day workshop explores the emerging form of black out poetry. Learn how to find hidden poems in texts such as newspaper articles, advertisements and letters.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Buddhism in a nutshell

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    As an ‘atheistic’ religion, Buddhism offers a way beyond the natural unsatisfactoriness of human life not by abandoning living in this world but rather by giving it a new ‘enlightened’ meaning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. The US Presidents who made the post-war world

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Lecture based course covering the five American Presidents (Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) who shaped the post-War world both in their own country and beyond. Both America and the world changed hugely during this period, often directly influenced by these five Presidents. Tutors: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. Craft talks series

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 15 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Craft Talks Series invites experienced writers to share elements of their writing craft. Learn how they navigate the world of writing, from working with diverse subject matter, to honing writing techniques, to living the highs and lows of the writing life. There will be wisdom, practical exercises, and an opportunity to hear these writers read from their work and answer your questions. Check back for details of our first Craft Talk writer soon!
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

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