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. The City of London: the Square Mile

    Course Date: Wed 8 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666. Discover how London recovered from one of the great disasters and became a centre of commerce and the heart of a great empire. We follow in the steps of some of its best known characters like Doctor Johnson and Samuel Pepys and some lesser known including William Lilley and Thomas Chatterton.

    London guide: Paul Sinclair. The course follows on from the HLW06 The City of London; the square mile, but new students are welcome.

    The first meeting point will be Chancery Lane tube, outside number 150 High Holborn.

    London guide:Paul Sinclair.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  2. City of words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 9 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of

    their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson. First meeting point (10/1/19) at Green Park tube station, street level, Piccadilly South side.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  3. London's quartiers

    London's quartiers

    Course Date: Fri 10 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through one introductory session and seven walks, explore some of London’s quartiers – Soho, Mayfair, Covent Garden, Spitalfields, Clerkenwell, St James and Bloomsbury and understand how their very distinct characters were formed. Entrance fees not included. Initial lecture held at City Lit.

    London guide: Sue Jackson In. Initail lecture at the City Lit.

    London guide: Sue Jackson.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  4. Creative writing for learners with dyslexia (SpLD)

    Creative writing for learners with dyslexia (SpLD)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive environment? This course is designed to help you tap into your creativity and find your unique writing voice. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience of creative writing who identify as having dyslexia.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  5. The Ottoman Empire and the Western Powers: politics, archaeology and the public imagination

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course covers the the Ottoman Empire and the Western Powers from the 18th to the early 20th century. An overview of the political history of the Ottoman Empire will provide the background to exploring the importance of archaeology in the construction of empire and nation in the Ottoman and Western public imagination.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  6. Writing fantasy stories

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    In the quest to write fantasy fiction, the pen is indeed mightier than the sword. Whether you've spent the last eight years binge-watching Game of Thrones or favoured the Earthsea trilogy over revision text books in your teenage years, this fun short course offers the perfect introduction for those with a passion for writing fantasy stories.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  7. How to get published

    How to get published

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  8. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 4 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

  9. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  10. Writing through the Harlem Renaissance: Cane & The Invisible Man

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Weaving history, diverse traditions and a collage of voices, we will explore the struggle and celebration of black experience through Jean Toomer’s Cane and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, both growing out of the explosion of Black art during the Harlem Renaissance.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  11. Latin literature in translation: a survey course

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover some of the texts and authors of Roma literature which are central to Western culture and thought.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00

  12. The 'superfluous man' in 19th century literature

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This class explores the subject of the superfluous man in nineteenth-century literature, investigating the origins of the subject in the Romantic movement, its flourishing in masterpieces of nineteenth-century Russian literature, and variations on its character and ideas in European and American literature up to the turn of the twentieth century.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Writing on the walls: London prose in the late 20th century 1989-2000

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Centring on two of the most significant late twentieth-century London novels, Martin Amis’s London Fields (1989) and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth (2000), this course explores both their wider and more immediate contexts while considering their approach to characterisation, narrative and the on-going relevance of the novel form.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  14. Unreal city: the history of London through literature from 1800 to today

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fiction writers are often the first to identify and analyse a social phenomenon. We will examine two centuries of London history through the eyes of novelists and poets, from William Blake to Zadie Smith.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  15. The poetry lab

    The poetry lab

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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

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