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. 17th century England, Revolution and Restoration: James I and Charles I

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the early Stuart dynasty, from the accession of James I in 1603, until the outbreak of Civil War during the reign of Charles I in 1642.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  2. 19th century American literature

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This class explores 19th century American literature, from slave narratives to the works of the American Renaissance, reading classic texts to broaden knowledge of literary history through a range of influential stories, poems and novels. Among the writers considered will be Irving, Douglass, Whitman, Dickinson, Melville, and Twain.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. London lowlife in fiction

    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore the themes of poverty, politics, gender and ethnicity in London at the end of the 19th century/start of the 20th century through the eyes of writers of fiction, but also through the testimony of their non-fiction contemporaries – social investigators, government officials, journalists and philanthropists.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  4. Writing comics and graphic novels

    Writing comics and graphic novels

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    Learn the skills to write comics on this introductory course. Discover the history and key features of the medium, generate your own project, and receive advice from special guests.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  5. Reading for writers: queer fiction (a fortnightly course)

    Reading for writers: queer fiction (a fortnightly course)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Explore the scope of human experience through the lens of LGBT+ writers, and learn from them the fundamentals of writing compelling fiction. This fortnightly intermediate course combines reading and analysis of key queer texts with practical writing exercises. Suitable for all those with some creative writing experience and an interest in queer perspectives in fiction.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  6. Ancient American civilisations - part 1: the South

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shrouded in mystery and legend, Amazonian and Central American cultures reveal surprising links to societies of the Andes that defy and challenge common perceptions about the rise of civilisation in the Americas.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. The essay - academic writing

    The essay - academic writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    A crash course in essay writing – beginnings, middles and ends. Suitable for students on A-level and access courses or undergraduates. For full-time students, there is a special reduced fee of £40.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  8. Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course explores the basic elements of writing autobiography drawing on memories, diaries, photos, dreams and fantasies with a focus on the forms of autobiography, memoir and the personal essay.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  9. Flash fiction

    Flash fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Flash fiction is the art of telling small stories that make a big impact. Learn how to harness the power of economy in this practical six-week course. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  10. The poetry lab

    The poetry lab

    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking for new, inventive avenues to explore in your poetry? This intensive short course weaves together elements of drama, cinema, fairy-tale and fiction to create fresh, innovative poetry. Explore lyric, narrative and dramatic forms, using traditional and experimental techniques. For poets with some experience.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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

  12. Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life

    Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    This inspiring, six week workshop, led by an experienced journaler, encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to find an approach to life writing that suits them.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction

    Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction

    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write a murder mystery that will knock readers dead? On this course you'll learn how to plot a murder most horrid and develop your writing to create maximum suspense.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  14. Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)

    Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The best way to write good short stories is to read a lot of good ones first. Dive into the best of short fiction, explore point-of-view, character and pacing, and begin to apply the lessons learnt to your own writing in this fortnightly course.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  15. Refugee politics

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 1 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    Forced migration comprises one of the most contentious issues in UK politics today. As contemporary political discourse continues to centre around migration, this module provides an opportunity to unpack the politics of refugee crises and resettlement.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

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