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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. The writings of Cicero: an introduction

    Course Date: Fri 24 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    An introduction to one of the most influential and prolific Roman figures, Cicero, his life and works. Come meet the man (in his own words) who took on the greats of his time, Caesar, Antony and Augustus.

    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

  9. Copywriting: a taster

    Copywriting: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Good copywriting skills are increasingly important, whether you want to write your own website or your company’s sales literature, or hope to work in advertising or marketing. We'll cover the core elements of copywriting using examples and practical exercises.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead (advanced)

    Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead (advanced)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Keats House
    Helen Cox, poetry coordinator at City Lit, facilitates a workshop drawing on a variety of techniques in the idyllic surroundings of Keats House, Hampstead.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  11. Studying Classics: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to find out what it means to study the classical world? This one-day course introduces the study of antiquity to the non-specialist. Discover the first histories, the heroic epics, and philosophical thought from Greece and Rome.

    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

  12. Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Once upon a time there was a City Lit day workshop led by a romance author who loved fairytales. Her quest: to inspire writers to pen stories of love, fear, forests, revenge, dragons, witches, kings, queens, frogs and magic.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write fast and edit fast in this poem-blitzing workshop. Learn to step back, look at your poem and think about the different directions it might take. Practise ruthlessness as well as care in the poem’s service.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  14. Women's lives in the ancient world - Sappho

    Women's lives in the ancient world

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover how women are portrayed on the male-dominated stage of Ancient Greece and Rome and what issues affected their lives. A visit to the British Museum is included.

    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

  15. Poetry and the moving image

    Poetry and the moving image

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Both film and poetry explore imagery and have the capacity to capture and expand a single moment in time. On this fun short course you will learn how write poems inspired by the world of film and cinema.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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