History, culture & writing

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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.

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

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  1. The 60 minute writer
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022 (and 10 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Yvonne Singh
    Fit creative writing into your busy day: a relaxed, informal rolling programme for writers of all levels of experience who enjoy being thrown new ideas and experimenting with poetry and prose.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  2. Korean Literature Today
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Beatrice Ashton-Lelliott
    The recent popularity of Squid Game put Korean dramas (also known as K-dramas) in the spotlight for many international audiences, following on from the Hallyu or ‘Korean wave’, which began in the 1990s. Contemporary literature from South Korea, however, is also more accessible than ever before, with new authors in translation gaining fame amongst the likes of giants such as Han Kang. This 8-week online literature course looks at several of the most acclaimed translated Korean novels over the last few years and considers their common themes, such as LGBTQIA issues, gender roles and beauty standards, and the use of surrealist elements.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
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  3. How should we reason? An introduction to logic
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Oliver Josiah
    Philosophical logic is the study of the rules of correct reasoning. This course will introduce you to some widely



    accepted rules of correct reasoning and will also examine some controversial rules of inference and probe the deeper question of why exactly we should accept some inferences and not others.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00
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  4. American political institutions
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mark Malcomson
    This four-week interactive lecture-based course examines the US political system from its inception to today – reviewing its structure and constituent parts.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00
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  5. Get together and read
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Allen
    Enjoy talking with other people about the things you have read? Want to share great stories, poems and drama? Come along and join the conversation. The group is led by a shared reading practitioner trained by The Reader Organisation.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £50.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  6. Ancient cities St. Paul knew
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Bloomfield
    Discover eight intriguing ancient cities, amazing places to visit today, but raw and turbulent in their Graeco-Roman heyday.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £51.00
  7. Spectacles of the Ancient world
    Course start date:  Thu 11 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Bloomfield
    This course explores some of the most elaborate and powerful displays of the Graeco-Roman world. Designed to entertain, inform, and elicit support, often at times of great political or religious significance, they were unforgettable, and have long exercised an influence on our own understanding of the nature of power.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £51.00
  8. Japanese crime fiction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 11 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Beatrice Ashton-Lelliott
    Japanese crime literature is reaching new audiences, with many classics being translated into English for the first time. This course explores a range of Japanese mysteries, detectives and their recurring themes, from ‘locked room’ classics to the dark side of human nature – with many murders along the way!



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  9. Travel writing: a taster
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 25 May 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Susan Grossman
    You love travelling and taking photos but how do you decide what to write about and which pictures will sell? This course will help you focus, and give you the skills you need to approach editors with confidence.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  10. All that Jazz: American Beat writing
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 1 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Woody River
    This course explores the excitement and innovation of the Beat Generation writers who emerged in the 1950s. We will examine their sources of inspiration while exploring their lives and the culture in which they lived. We will also consider their legacy and how their work and lifestyles shaped what was to come.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
    Rating:
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  11. The worlds of Orson Welles
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Niland
    This class explores the work of Orson Welles, examining his performances, films, and persona in the context of the literary, cinematic, cultural worlds that inspired him. We explore Welles’s engagement with modern culture through his absorption and reworking of different art forms, from drama and poetry to cinema and magic.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  12. Copies & copyists in antiquity: art, beauty and misunderstanding
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the often-overlooked world of ancient copies and copyists, how their work helped to save art treasures for the future and how it impacts on our modern perception of the Ancient World.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00

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