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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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Transports of delight: London's railway stations
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    London's stations see over 1 billion journeys annually, but the buildings themselves are often ignored. Explore a



    different station and environs each week, discovering the architecture, history, stories and future of these lifelines of London.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £74.00
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  2. Ways into advanced literary study
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course is designed to enhance your appreciation of literary genres and styles from different periods, developing the rigour and skills of reading and writing that belong to a higher level of study.Writers include Wordsworth, Coleridge, Ibsen, Henry James, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Virgina Woolf. Includes one Saturday.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £215.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £131.00
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  3. An introduction to Hollywood Cinema
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Hollywood cinema has dominated screens and enthralled cinemagoers since the 1920s, adapting its creative and commercial strategies to meet the demands of changing markets and evolving audiences. This course explores its films, studios, producers, stars and directors, past and present, while also considering the key areas of its development and a range of critical accounts of Hollywood cinema.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
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  4. The Complete Ishiguro Part Two: 2000-2021
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the world of Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro as we focus on the second twenty years of his writing career. Books include When We Were Orphans, Never Let Me Go, The Buried Giant and Klara and the Sun. We also take a look at his ventures into song lyrics and film screenplays.



    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
  5. Ways into creative writing: a gentle pace
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Are you brand new to creative writing? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive environment alongside other beginners? This gentle short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a creative writer.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £36.00
  6. Contemporary Scottish Women's Fiction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore and discuss a selection of contemporary fictional texts by Scottish women writers, including Jenni Fagan’s The Panopticon and Ali Smith’s Hotel World. We will think about key themes and issues, such as nationhood, women’s contribution to remapping the nation through its fictional imagining and relationship beyond its borders, social class, gender, sexuality, and journeys.



    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
  7. Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Want to write a murder mystery that will knock readers dead? On this course you'll learn how to plot a murder most horrid and develop your writing to create maximum suspense.



    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
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  8. Reading images: an introduction to film studies
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This comprehensive introductory course provides an overview of the main historical, technical and theoretical aspects of filmmaking and film analysis.



    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
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  9. Ways into screenwriting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 5 other dates)

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

    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.



    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
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    94% of 100
  10. Starting your novel
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 7 other dates)

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

    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel.



    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:
    94% of 100
  11. Bloody Mary: the life and times of Mary Tudor
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    How did Mary I of England negotiate her position as an English Catholic monarch in the Reformation era, and what is her social and political significance for English history?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £39.00
  12. Ways into poetry
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022 (and 8 other dates)

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

    Relatively new to writing poetry? This inspiring course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices alongside fellow emerging poets. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.



    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
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  13. Writing for children: workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    For experienced children's writers, this ongoing workshop offers an opportunity to develop your work-in-progress with constructive feedback from tutor and classmates.



    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 £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £92.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  14. Writing a memoir: an introduction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This six week course will help you plan and craft a memoir that will resonate and inspire.



    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:
    96% of 100
  15. Writing a memoir (continuation)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 23 Feb 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This continuation course guides students in developing a memoir project that will resonate and inspire.



    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
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