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. Ways into advanced literary study

    Ways into advanced literary study

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    From Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson, from Ibsen to Chekhov and Henry James to Virginia Wolf, this course will enhance your appreciation of literary genres and styles from different periods, developing the rigour and skills of reading and writing that belong to a higher level of study. Includes three Saturdays.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  2. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive environment? Join one of these introductory courses. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  3. Nature writing

    Nature writing

    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What greater muse could a writer ask for than the organic wonders of the planet that surrounds them? Learn how to capture the majesty of nature on the page with this inspiring online course.

    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: £57.00

  4. Television screenwriting

    Television screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 18 May 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to write a drama script for television? What do you write and where do you start? Through exercises and examples this practical online course will assist you in developing your own projects.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  5. Hollywood musicals: stars, studios and spectacle

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 1 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What is it about musicals, the genre that won’t go away? From depression-era escapism to postmodern appropriation, musicals adapted to the times. This all-singing, all-dancing course ranges from 'Broadway Melody' to 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Let’s face the music & dance.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  6. Trouble in paradise: the American suburban novel

    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The American suburb was supposed to be a kind of haven – an oasis of marital calm and tranquillity. It didn’t always turn out that way…Trouble in Paradise explores three books that probe the darkness behind the picket fence and manicured lawn: John Updike’s Rabbit Run, Anne Tyler’s The Amateur Marriage and Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  7. Ways into creative writing: intensive

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you brand new to creative writing? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive online environment alongside other beginners? This faster-pace short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a creative writer.

    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: £36.00

  8. Picture book writing: advanced

    Course Date: Wed 3 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Would you like to workshop, edit and polish your picture book texts for young children? This course is designed for advanced picture book writers wishing to hone and improve their own stories. Explore ideas and learn techniques through peer and tutor workshop activities.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £56.00

  9. Magic in the ancient world

    Course Date: Wed 3 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover how the ancient world viewed divination and evaluate the relationship between religion, science and magic. We will focus on examples from the Bible and from the Ancient Near Eastern world, i.e. Egypt, Mesopotamia, Ancient Israel and the Greco-Roman world.

    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

  10. Six modern poets

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the work of six giants of modern poetry – from Hardys’ moving reflections on love, through TS Eliot’s revolutionary modernism, to Larkin, Heaney, Robert Frost and the confessional poems of Anne Sexton.

    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

  11. Contemporary American literature - Philip Roth

    Contemporary American literature

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 11 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore how writers of the American literary scene voice the concerns of modern society, reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the contemporary American character. Journey through 'An American Marriage' by Tayari Jones, 'A Gate at the Stairs' by Lorrie Moore and 'On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous' by Ocean Vuong.

    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

  12. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: continuation course

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 12 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Follow-on course from the Introduction. Presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, this four-week course uses British Museum objects related to ancient Egypt to broaden and deepen students' knowledge of Egyptian Hieroglyphs. The class will be held at the British Museum.

    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: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Michael Collins and Ireland

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online


    On this 3 week course we will assess the career and complex legacy of the Irish dissident, politician and military leader, Michael Collins.

    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

  14. The Robber Barons of America's Gilded Age

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The industrialists of late 19-century America were pejoratively known as the ‘Robber Barons’. These men massed fortunes, creating companies that would come to transform America’s new frontier. We explore these men, the industrial empires they created and their legacies.

    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

  15. Spain in the twentieth century

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Civil war, dictatorship and democracy – how Spain’s past, present and future clashed on key issues including democracy, fascism, Catalan separatism, conservatism and the Catholic church and the drive for modernisation.

    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: £35.00

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