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.

Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place now.

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  1. Writing fiction
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 12 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Barnes
    Lovers of fiction can develop their 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 £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £105.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  2. Developing your poetry
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 10 other dates)

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

    For those familiar with the basics of poetic form, this intermediate course explores craft and content through reading exercises, writing exercises and constructive feedback. Ideal if you have already attended 'Ways into poetry'.



    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 £105.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  3. Masterclass: fiction (a year-long workshop)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jonathan Barnes
    This intensive three-term fiction workshop is open by selective application and interview to a maximum of ten fiction writers working at the advanced and professional levels. Please note: the deadline for applications is Sunday 22nd August. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview via Zoom on Sunday 29th August.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £879.00 Senior fee £879.00 Concession £879.00
  4. Developing your novel
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 8 other dates)

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

    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 £105.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  5. Advanced poetry workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 7 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ellen Cranitch
    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 £110.00
  6. Advanced playwriting
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Brian Mullin
    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 course is designed for experienced playwrights who have work in-progress.



    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
  7. Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ellen Cranitch
    This intensive poetry masterclass is open by selective application to a maximum of ten students. You will receive inspiring tutor instruction and rigorous constructive feedback on your poems as you prepare them for publication and performance. Applications for this course are now closed.



    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:
    100% of 100
  8. Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
    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. Extended deadline: Sunday 27th March 2022.



    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
  9. Writing fantasy stories
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mary Victoria
    Build fantastical worlds, fill them with compelling characters and learn how to structure innovative plotlines in this perfect introduction for those with a passion for fantasy.



    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 £105.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. The 60 minute writer
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 15 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Tasha Kavanagh
    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 will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  11. Writing for children: workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 6 other dates)

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

    For experienced children's writers, this ongoing workshop offers an opportunity to develop your work-in-progress with constructive feedback from tutor and classmates.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £389.00 Concession £195.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  12. Craft focus: grammar, syntax, and style for creative writers
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Great poetry and prose begin when the writer puts the right words in the right places. Learn how and why the rules and conventions of language matter in this new 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 £90.00

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