History, culture & writing

Explore History, Culture & Writing

Explore our extraordinary range of History, Culture and Writing courses and lectures. We offer both introductory and specialist in-depth courses to suit all levels of interest and experience, from ‘How to read a film’ and World literature, to Creative non-fiction writing courses and American history and Politics courses.

Study in-person at City Lit or offsite, or online from the comfort of home, with interactive classes that allow you to participate in discussions with fellow adult students. We offer daytime, evening and weekend courses, both short and long. For more information on our online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators; many have published, teach in universities or share their expertise in the media. Tutors share their knowledge and passion through presentations, readings, interactive discussion and exercises, analysis, and other activities.

Many students return to take more courses, telling us they enjoy being part of our City Lit Learning community.

Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place now.

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  1. Children's writing: a taster
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Dec 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Find out more about writing children's stories in this practical and interactive, short taster session.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  2. Writing fiction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Lovers of fiction can develop their creative writing skills on this practical intermediate course. You'll explore the fundamentals of fiction writing craft such as character and structure, and unlock your imagination to produce compelling prose. Suitable for those with some creative writing experience.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  3. Writing for magazines
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 24 May 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  4. Creative non-fiction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Explore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
  5. Ways into creative writing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 15 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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 ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  6. The influence of Japan on Western art in the 19th century
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Explore how 19th century European artists from the Impressionists to Art Nouveau were freed from the conventions of their cultural and artistic restraints by the motifs and philosophy of Japanese art.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  7. Modern political philosophy: ideas and ideologies in the 21st century
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    What are the key philosophical ideas behind the issues and debates of today? This is an opportunity to explore in more depth the concepts and ideologies that are shaping the politics of the 21st century. NB: No class on 08/03/2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  8. Developing your poetry
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    For those familiar with the basics of poetic form, this intermediate course explores craft and content through reading exercises, writing exercises and constructive feedback. Ideal if you have already attended 'Ways into poetry'.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  9. Writing non-fiction for children: an introduction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to write children’s non-fiction on this exciting and interactive course encompassing classic fact book, biography and narrative. You will also get an opportunity to practise and get some feedback on your writing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
  10. Advanced fiction writing workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £88.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  11. Advanced poetry workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Develop your poetry, taking it in new directions and maturing your poetic voice. Various approaches and techniques will be explored, and new poetry can be workshopped. For experienced poets only.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £88.00
  12. Self Disclosure: the art of the personal documentary
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    What happens when a filmmaker (or their loved ones) becomes the subject of their own documentary? How do they navigate—and shape—such autobiographical material? What challenges, aesthetic or otherwise, do they face, and how do they overcome them? This online Film Studies course explores the art of the personal documentary and some of its key practitioners, including Orson Welles, Agnès Varda, Martin Scorsese and Mark Cousins.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
  13. The Emperor of Ice Cream: why Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore and Frank O'Hara are important
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    We will explore the work of these three major 20th century American poets, focussing on what is original about their work and how they changed people’s understanding of what is possible in poetry. We will look at how their poetry developed over their writing lifetimes, how they saw their work in relation to the poetry of the past and present, and how their poetry reflected or otherwise gave meaning to their lives – Stevens as a lifelong insurance lawyer, Moore as an unmarried woman without a profession and living with her mother, and O’Hara as an art curator as out-gay as it was possible to be until his untimely death in 1960.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  14. Short story writing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback to develop your writing skills.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  15. Television screenwriting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Do you want to write a script for television? What do you write and where do you start? Through exercises and examples, this course will assist you in developing your own projects.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100

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