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. The City of London: the Square Mile
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Paul Sinclair
    Explore the City’s development from Roman and medieval times through to the Tudors and Stuarts.



    This course will comprise of 10 walks starting with Roman London. First meeting place at Monument station on the Monument side.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £105.00
  2. Introduction to art history
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Are you interested in art and want to get more out of looking at art and exhibitions? Want to know what an art historian does? Develop your interpretative skills by exploring at how art is made and what social and cultural factors construct our understanding of it.



    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 £142.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  3. 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:  Anna Richards
    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £45.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. Ulysses: the Odyssey
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Tobin Brothers
    To meet the challenge of reading Joyce, this study will offer strategies and engage the first 10 chapters of Ulysses to inspire both the new reader of Joyce and those revisiting his passionate experimentation.



    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 £175.00 Concession £142.00
  5. Starting your novel
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Vicky Grut
    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.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £100.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  6. Exploring literature: An introduction to prose and poetry
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Wilkinson
    This course introduces you to a variety of prose texts and poems from the nineteenth century to the present. Explore how poems work both ‘on the page’ and as spoken words. Reading prose, we’ll explore narrative technique, characterisation and social context. Come and discover what’s distinctive about these different forms of literature. Includes 'Washington Square' by Henry James, 'Mrs. Dalloway' by Virginia Woolf and a range of short stories and poetry.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  7. The Early Roman Emperors
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sean Gabb
    Discover the Roman Empire under the government of the Julio-Claudian dynasty – from Augustus to Nero.



    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 £103.00 Concession £84.00
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  8. Thinking through philosophy: a guide
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Christopher Horner
    What is morality and what is it based on? Is the mind a ghost in the machine?



    What can I really know? This is a beginner’s introduction to how philosophy tackles questions like these and many others.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £50.00
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  9. Picture book writing
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Oct 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (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, 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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £65.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  10. Biography writing
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Robert Fraser
    What makes a great biography? This introductory course, led by a professional biographer, covers the key techniques used in this exciting genre.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £65.00
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  11. Creative non-fiction: an introduction
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Claire Collison
    This short introductory course explores the core elements of creative non-fiction across genres such as travel writing, the personal essay and life writing.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £65.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  12. Dickens and Trollope: Giants of the 19th Century Novel
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Beatrice Ashton-Lelliott
    The Victorian period produced some of Britain’s most well-known canonical authors, all of whom drew inspiration from the challenges of their times. Together we’ll explore three novels from some of the period’s most popular writers and consider what anxieties they attempted to understand, and often satirise, through their works. We’ll meet a unique cast of characters along the way, including opium addicts, macabre folk parades, and industrial tycoons.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  13. Art in Britain 1890-1918 - New English Art Club to WWI
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julia Musgrave
    Explore the works of British artists and their relationship to the legacy of academic painting and the art of continental Europe between 1880-1918. Who led developments and how does the art of the period reflect the times?
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  14. At home in the Italian Renaissance: the art and objects of everyday life
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lydia Goodson
    Step into the fashionable Italian Renaissance home to explore how houses were lived in and furnished and to learn about the many decorated objects made for domestic use during the Renaissance.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  15. Anthropology for beginners: what is social anthropology?
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Yasmin Hales
    This introductory anthropology course will introduce you to an understanding of cross cultural human behaviour and the similarities and differences between societies on a global and local level.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
    Rating:
    84% of 100

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