History, culture & writing

History, Culture & Writing

We offer an extraordinary range of courses during the day, in the evening and at weekends, from the most popular subjects to the completely unique, including film studiescreative and non-fiction writing courses and American history courses. Many of our tutors are nationally recognised in their fields, including published authors, and practising professionals in the media. As a learner you can also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as the British Film Institute and close links with The British Museum, the London Transport Museum and many others.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Developing your novel
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Have you started work on your novel? This course is suitable for experienced creative writers who want to make progress with a novel draft. Learn more about the art of novel writing and move your project forward in a supportive workshop environment.

    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:
    91% of 100
  2. Autobiographical writing: an introduction
    Course Date: Tue 23 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This short course explores the basic elements of writing autobiography drawing on memories, diaries, photos, dreams and fantasies with a focus on the forms of autobiography, memoir and the personal essay.

    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
  3. Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 19 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This intensive online fiction workshop is open by selective application to a maximum of ten fiction writers working at the advanced and professional levels. You will receive rigorous constructive feedback on your novel or short story as you develop it with a view to publication, and participate in detailed tutor-led discussions on advanced elements of fictional craft. Application deadline: Sunday 28th March 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £339.00 Concession £339.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. Ways into creative writing: an introduction
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on one of these fun and supportive short courses covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.

    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:
    93% of 100
  5. Modern France: from the Paris Commune to the Vichy Regime
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    After uncertain beginnings, the Third republic managed to survive numerous crises until the defeat of 1940 sealed its fate. (Re)discover this exciting period, its actors and how their policies shaped modern France.

    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 £127.00 Concession £70.00
  6. Short story writing
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 15 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback to develop your writing skills.

    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:
    97% of 100
  7. Ways into poetry
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    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
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  8. Ways into screenwriting
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    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
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  9. Tudor London
    Course Date: Tue 27 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This course will explore the dynamic development of London during the Tudor century, an era shaped by the twin influences of the Renaissance and the Reformation, and marked by the growth of London both as a capital city, the royal chamber or Camera Regis, but also as a growing port and centre of trade and craft based industry.

    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 £57.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  10. How to read a film: a beginners' guide to cinema
    Course Date: Wed 24 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This course will develop your critical appreciation of the cinema by teaching you how to read and understand film texts. We will look at the elements that underpin film form – narrative, mise en scène, cinematography, editing and sound – alongside its historical development. We will consider film style by exploring classical, post-classical and art cinema and we will examine influential critical modes of analysis, such as genre, authorship and spectatorship.

    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 £79.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  11. Ways into poetry: an introduction
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Are you just starting to write poetry? This inspiring short course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices. 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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. A taste of creative writing
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive online short course. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination. Please note: this course has a 2-hr break from 12:30-14:30.

    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 £28.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  13. A walk through Highgate: Experiments in urban living
    Course Date: Sun 18 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    In this virtual walk through Highgate we will discover historical points of interest including Highgate School, Pond Square and Waterlow Park, whilst focusing on experiments in urban living such as the iconic 1930s Highpoint I and II flats, the 1920s Holly Lodge Estate and 1950s homes built for a community of friends in St Ann’s Close. We finish near Parliament Hill that has great views over London.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £9.00 Senior fee £9.00 Concession £9.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  14. Introduction to advanced academic writing (year 3 undergraduates and beyond)
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 3 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    An introduction to postgraduate academic writing and beyond. On this workshop we will explore the building blocks and strategies for good writing. Ideal for those studying, or contemplating writing, at this level.

    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 £28.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  15. Discovering Victorian London: empire, enterprise and education
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Victorian London shaped today's city. Discover the lasting legacy of the Victorian age, uncover its secrets, and meet some of the characters who created one of the world's greatest cities.

    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 £57.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100

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