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.

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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Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short 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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.


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  1. Writing fiction
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Sep 2023 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alex Pickett
    Develop your creative writing skills on this practical intermediate course. You'll explore the fundamentals of fiction-writing craft, such as character and structure, and unlock your imagination to produce compelling prose. Suitable for those with some creative writing experience.

    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 £110.00
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  2. Crime fiction past and present
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Sep 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Christine Hawkins, Kate Wilkinson
    Why do we read crime fiction, and what are we looking for? How has its appeal changed over time, and why? This course focuses on crime fiction from its nineteenth-century beginnings to the present day. Come to explore its attractions and learn about its development, studying a selection of classic authors and contemporary writers including Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith and Gillian Flynn.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £97.00
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