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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.

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.

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We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

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  1. Writing flash fiction: getting started
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lucy Popescu
    A sideways glance: succinct, powerful. This short workshop on the essential components of flash fiction will teach you to tell a complete story in very few words. Please note: this course will have 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 £35.00
  2. Creative writing: getting started
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Aug 2024 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lucy Popescu
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive online short course. Ideal if you want to write but need help getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination. (Course has a 2-hr break: 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 £35.00
    Rating:
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  3. Film studies taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Sep 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Paul Sutton
    Learn how to evaluate and discuss films while enjoying a working example of a City Lit Film Studies class. In this class we will view and explore clips from a number of films, including popular remakes, enabling us to consider and compare themes and techniques from differing filmmaking countries. There will be a chance to review – in brief – film courses at City Lit (September - December 2024).



    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
  4. Pioneers of modern art
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 13 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Marilyn Greene
    Discover how in the first half of the 20th Century, Hampstead was home to or the social scene for pioneering artists and designers. We walk in the footsteps of both Slade School artists who studied together around the time of the First World War and the Modernists who thrived in Hampstead in the 1930s. We will also pass by the Isokon Flats near Belsize Park which housed some of the most famous Bauhaus designers for a few years.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £19.00
  5. Writing and rewriting fairytales
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 22 Oct 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Victoria M. Adams
    Once upon a time there was a City Lit workshop all about writing fairytales. The quest: to inspire writers to pen stories of love, fear, forests, revenge, dragons, witches, kings, queens, frogs and magic.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £40.00
    Rating:
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  6. Creating your author platform online
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 27 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lisa Goll
    Increasingly publishers are looking for authors with an impressive online presence, as well as a sparkling manuscript. On this practical and interactive course, you'll learn how to start and grow your author brand, gain a following and build a readership.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £40.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  7. Study day: Surrealism - everything you’ve wanted to know, but were to afraid to ask
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    The Surrealist movement marks its centenary in October 2024, marking the moment that the First Surrealist Manifesto was launched in Paris led by its chief protagonist, André Breton. Come and celebrate this art historical landmark in this special workshop dedicated to Surrealist art. Get closer to the roots of the movement, discover its leading and less well-known artists; have a go at automatic drawing; and engage with Surrealism’s central themes of the dream world, unconscious and desire.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  8. Study day: Rembrandt and 17th century printmaking
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 8 Dec 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Rembrandt, one of the most famous painters of the Dutch Republic, was also an innovative printmaker. He produced a large oeuvre of printed works, which in their expressive effect and astounding use of light can be considered artworks which rival his paintings. This course will offer a deep dive into Rembrandt’s practice and the seventeenth century Netherlands to explore how he experimented with the medium. Rembrandt as a collector of prints will also be discussed.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
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