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. Transformation in the 'New' Hollywood: 1967 - 1977
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    By the second half of the 1960s 'old' Hollywood had fragmented and a new generation of studio heads and filmmakers had set the industry on a different course in which 'blockbuster' and 'event' films, along with more personal auteurist projects, came to typify production. Explore the 'new' Hollywood, the films and filmmakers behind it, and the innovations that shaped this key moment of change.



    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
  2. Modern art in America, 1900-1930: the Ashcan School to Precisionism
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Sanders
    Study American art, including paintings, illustrations and cartoons from late-nineteenth century Impressionism and Realism to Precisionism, analysing movements and styles, social and political context, materials, and art theory.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  3. Picture book writing
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Oct 2022 (and 8 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Lou Kuenzler
    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, develop their ideas and technique.



    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. Writing the family
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Nick Barlay
    A thought-provoking workshop designed to tackle the challenges of writing about family life and offer guidance on shaping personal stories into coherent, engaging narratives.



    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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  5. Michelangelo: poet, philosopher and artist
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Explore Michelangelo's art through the perspective of his philosophical beliefs. Using the artist’s context, his poetry and letters, this course delves into the cultural concepts behind the subjects and symbols in some of the artist's key works.



    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 £55.00 Concession £45.00

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