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. Metternich, Bismarck and the changing face of 19th century Europe

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Course tutor Rudolf Muhs. Full course outline will come later in June.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. The Coen Brothers' Blood Simple to Buster Scruggs

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From cult hits Raising Arizona (1987) and The Big Lebowski (1998) to major critical darlings Fargo (1996) and No Country for Old Men (2007), Ethan and Joel Coen have cultivated a bleakly comical, instantly recognisable voice in modern American cinema, a singular mix of darkness and levity.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. Current affairs: global issues, activism and protest

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this course, we will explore and discuss social movements, activist projects and protests engaged in the following global issues: Migration, Modern Slavery, Human Rights violations, Inequalities, and Climate Change.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  4. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Nov 2019 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Develop both your ideas and your technique.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  5. Writing romance

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a single pen can compose an unforgettable romance novel. This weekend course will chaperone students through the plotting of modern romance stories.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  6. The politics and society of contemporary India

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The structure of Indian society, its colonial heritage, and the fabric of India's rich cultural history have shaped, and in turn have been shaped by, the politics and economic changes over the centuries - telling the rich story of how contemporary India came to be. We will examine contemporary India through its politics and society in this interactive lecture day-course. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  7. Countdown to the 2020 US elections

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 19 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Covering the most important election in recent history, Mark Malcolmson (Principal of City Lit) takes us through America's next electoral cycle. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  8. The art of letter writing

    The art of letter writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 22 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There's more to the art of letter writing than talking about the weather. Regardless of whether or not you send your mail electronically or through traditional routes, this short course will help you write more inspiring correspondence to penfriends and loved ones.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Performance poetry

    Performance poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write poetry and perform it, finding your own style and delivery under the guidance of a spoken word artist. Explore the differences between performance and other forms of poetry.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Masters of style: reading and writing Hemingway

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ernest Hemingway was the master of minimalist short fiction where every word counted. While writing many drafts,

    he pared his writing down to what he felt was 'true'. This day workshop explores the literary interpretations of two of his seminal short stories and writing exercises that encourage you to experiment with Hemingway's style.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Garden history in 10 objects: a hands-on introduction to the history of British gardens and horticulture

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Interested in gardens? Want to know more about their history, who made them and why? Find out more at this fun day with a serious purpose! Hands-on investigation of some garden-related objects & lively illustrated lectures.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Londinium: a tale of two cities (Roman London 47-457 CE)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A look at the spectacular rise and fall of Londinium from c. AD 47 to its abandonment in c. AD 457. Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided city walk.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

  13. Writing myths: a taster

    Writing myths: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether you want to write about mythical beasts in a modern-day setting or pen a traditional epic quest, this fun, interactive taster will equip you with the craft basics to write a myth that will move and inspire.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Dickens' London

    Dickens' London

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' Enjoy this introduction to Dickens' work and the London of his time. Morning lecture at City Lit followed by a walk in the area of the city connected to his work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  15. The rise of 'the method' in screen acting of the 1940s and 50s

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores the acting techniques and psychological elements that a new generation of American screen actors brought to cinema in the 1940s and 1950s, known as The Method.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

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