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.

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

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  1. A taste of creative writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 11 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Sophie McKenzie
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive online short course. Ideal if you want to write but need help getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination.



    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
  2. Ways into screenwriting: a taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Alan Nixon
    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on this short online course that will help you shape your ideas and get your story going.



    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
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    100% of 100
  3. A taste of poetry
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Julie Irigaray
    This short, fun workshop is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to poetry. Join us for thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.



    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:
    85% of 100
  4. Writing and rewriting fairytales
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mary Victoria
    Once upon a time there was a City Lit workshop all about writing fairytales. The quest: to inspire writers to pen stories of love, fear, forests, revenge, dragons, witches, kings, queens, frogs and magic.



    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:
    98% of 100
  5. Picture book writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Feb 2023 (and 9 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Andrew Weale
    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; a starter course to develop both your ideas and your technique.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  6. Edward Thomas: 'On a Strange Bridge Alone'
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Peter Brennan
    The reflective, questioning poems of Edward Thomas have gained many admirers. By studying a carefully chosen selection of both his poetry and prose writings, we shall look more deeply into the significance of his achievement.



    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
  7. Write a short story in a weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Oct 2022 (and 6 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Vicky Grut
    Turn your great idea into a short story on this fun practical course. Through a series of inspiring exercises, you'll be introduced to some key fiction-writing techniques and encouraged to draft a short story from beginning to end.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  8. Autobiography into fiction: a taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Oct 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Vicky Grut
    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction in this fun short course for fiction-writing beginners and experienced writers. Develop your writing skills and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into strong narratives.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
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  9. Writing political comedy
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Smurthwaite
    When it comes to subjects for comedy, the news media never seems to run out. Learn to write political comedy from pithy one liners to satirical columns and monologues using techniques from professional comedy script writers.



    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:
    96% of 100
  10. Self-publishing: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Helen Cox
    Want to keep full creative control of your writing project? Learn more about self-publishing and how to give your book (poetry, fiction or non-fiction) the best chance of achieving high sales.



    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:
    100% of 100
  11. Flash fiction: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lucy Popescu
    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 course. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.



    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
  12. Writing comedy for TV in the online age
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    The opportunities to develop narrative comedy are multitude. This course led by an Emmy award-winning producer, explains how to identify your outlets and modify your projects accordingly.



    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
  13. How to get an agent
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie McKenzie
    This intensive workshop offers students insider, need-to-know information on securing a literary agent.



    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
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  14. 'Isaac Rosenberg, Londoner and War Poet: 'An Inch of Candle'
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Peter Brennan
    Discover the poignant, incisive poetry of Isaac Rosenberg, who grew up in Cable Street and developed into a gifted poet and painter. His reflections on the private soldier’s experiences of the trenches are unique and compelling.



    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
  15. Writing eco-poetry: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Westcott
    How might poets write about the natural world today, and what is an eco-poem?



    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

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