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.

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  1. Art history taster
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Dec 2021 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Wonder what's involved in online learning at City Lit? Try this taster session!



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  2. Advanced poetry workshop
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Develop your poetry, taking it in new directions and maturing your poetic voice. Various approaches and techniques will be explored, and new poetry can be workshopped. For experienced poets only.



    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 £88.00
  3. The 60 minute writer
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 12 other dates)

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

    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.



    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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £40.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. Craft focus: grammar, syntax, and style for creative writers
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how and why the rules and conventions of language matter in this course, which combines creative writing with opportunities to learn/revise essential points of grammar and useful literary concepts. Suitable for beginning writers looking to build confidence, and those with more experience who would like to practise these essential skills.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £72.00
  5. Looking at paintings
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Look at masterpieces in major London galleries in this introduction to European painting. Explore different painting techniques and genres (landscape, portrait and history painting) for a basic understanding and increased enjoyment of Western art.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  6. Writing a memoir (continuation)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021 (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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  7. Advanced playwriting: workshop
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Oct 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Dive deeper into the key elements of writing for the theatre, gain fresh critical insight into your own writing, and produce a new draft of your work. This workshop is for experienced playwrights with ongoing projects.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £309.00 Concession £124.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  8. Friday lates: magical modernism: modern art and the occult
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 26 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover Modern Art’s secret history: a mysterious melting-pot of mystic auras, magical colour theories, trances, alchemy and the spirit-physics of the 4th-dimension, hiding beneath the familiar stories of science, reason and industry.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  9. Advanced autobiographical writing
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A supportive workshop for more experienced writers of autobiography who are ready to push their practice, explore new techniques and further develop their authorial voice.



    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 £88.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. 19th Century French and Russian Literature
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

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

    This online literature course explores classic shorter texts of 19th century French and Russian literature, discussing literary style, themes and contexts as a way of developing and sharing responses to celebrated European writing. From history and travel to memory and madness, the class tackles some of the finest works ever written. Among the French writers examined will be Balzac, de Nerval and Flaubert, with our Russians including Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy and Chekhov.



    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 £97.00
  11. Introduction to the Wallace Collection
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Each week, we'll explore a different aspect of the Wallace Collection looking at its fine and decorative art objects, including paintings, furniture, porcelain and even arms and armour. #wallacecollection #arthistory.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  12. London's smaller art collections
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

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

    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this online art history course.



    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:
    98% of 100
  13. Feminism in modern and contemporary art
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

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

    Discover important modern and contemporary artists whose work can be broadly linked to the feminist project. We will discuss the political and social contexts in which the artworks were created.



    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 £79.00
  14. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this fun but informative short course. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.



    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:
    80% of 100

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