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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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.

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  1. Developing your poetry
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 8 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Eleanor Penny
    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 £105.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  2. Writing fiction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 9 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Barnes
    Develop your 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.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £105.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  3. Advanced fiction writing workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 8 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Thomas McMullan
    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.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  4. Developing your novel
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Sarah Leipciger
    Have you started work on your novel? This course is suitable for experienced creative writers who want to make progress with a novel draft. Learn more about the art of novel writing and move your project forward in a supportive workshop environment.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £105.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  5. Ways into screenwriting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 2 May 2023 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Clive Ford
    Learn to write for the screen on this practical, introductory course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £105.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  6. Ways into creative writing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 15 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Claire Collison
    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.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £105.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  7. Advanced poetry workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 8 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ellen Cranitch
    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.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
  8. Introduction to moral philosophy
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Ariel Kernberg
    What’s the right thing to do? But what does ‘right’ actually mean? And what reason do I have to do it? Join us as we grapple with these fundamental questions. NB: No class on Tues 27th October.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £120.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  9. Television screenwriting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ray Grewal
    Do you want to write a drama 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.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £105.00
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  10. Advanced creative non-fiction: turning experience into art
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julie Garton
    Weave the rich strands of your personal experience into an intricate story that will entertain and educate readers. Ideal if you've attended 'Creative non-fiction' or already have a specific project planned out.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
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    100% of 100
  11. Advanced playwriting
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Brian Mullin
    Dive deeper into the key elements of writing for the theatre, gain fresh critical insight into your own writing, and produce a new draft of your work. This online course is designed for experienced playwrights who have work in-progress.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
  12. Creative non-fiction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023 (and 11 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Paul Laffan
    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.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £105.00
  13. Introduction to political philosophy
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Christopher Horner
    What are the ends and means of politics? Interweaving modern history and politics with key philosophical texts, study and debate the ideas, ideologies and concepts underpinning our thinking about the organisation of society.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £95.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  14. Writing for children
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Neil Arksey
    Always wanted to write a children's book? This practical course will develop your ability to write for different age groups and genres of contemporary children's fiction.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £389.00 Concession £195.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  15. Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Cranitch
    This intensive poetry masterclass is open by selective application to a maximum of ten students. You will receive inspiring tutor instruction and rigorous constructive feedback on your poems as you prepare them for publication and performance.
    Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £339.00 Concession £339.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100

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