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.

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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, 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. Picture book writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 Jan 2023 (and 6 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Lou Kuenzler
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories; a starter course to develop both your ideas and your technique.



    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 £65.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  2. A taste of creative writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 Jan 2023 (and 7 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Vicky Grut
    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. (Course includes a 2-hr break: 12:30 to 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:
    95% of 100
  3. Write a short story in a weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Yvonne Singh
    Turn your great idea into a short story on this fun practical course. You'll be introduced to some key fiction writing techniques and encouraged to draft a short story from beginning to end. Suitable for beginners who are comfortable learning at a fast pace. Includes a 2-hour break (12:30-14:30) each day.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: an introduction for beginners at the British Museum
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 13 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  The British Museum

    Tutors:  Hugo Cook
    This four-week course delves into the written words and thoughts of the ancient Egyptians. Students will gain a foundation in the iconic writing of hieroglyphs, putting their newfound skills into practice by reading original texts from British Museum artefacts. This is a truly fascinating and intricate language, and it offers its readers the ability to understand the lost voices of one of history’s most remarkable civilisations. The class will be held at the British Museum.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
  5. Ways into poetry
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023 (and 5 other dates)

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

    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 £105.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  6. Ways into creative writing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 9 other dates)

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

    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive environment? Join one of these introductory courses. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £105.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  7. The art of the dissertation
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Anne Wilson
    Are you approaching your dissertation year at undergraduate level? In this workshop, you will receive expert guidance on how to structure and write your dissertation project to a high academic standard.



    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:
    100% of 100
  8. Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie McKenzie
    Want to write a murder mystery that will knock readers dead? On this course you'll learn how to plot a murder most horrid and develop your writing to create maximum suspense.



    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 £65.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  9. How to write a book about your expert knowledge
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lorna V
    Learn to write about your specialist expertise in a way that will appeal to a wider reading audience.



    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
  10. London's smaller art collections
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this gallery-based course.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  11. City Lit reading group 1
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tabby Toussaint
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session on Friday 23 September with suggestions (English-language contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read Open Water (2021) by Caleb Azumah Nelson. Monthly meetings on 23 Sept; 28 Oct, 2 Dec; 20 Jan, 24 Feb, 24 March; 28 April; 26 May; 30 June.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  12. A history of London : 1846-1880
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mike Berlin
    You will explore High Victorian London - its people, its outward growth and the growth of its economy. How did Londoners experience life in the centre and in the new suburbs?
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  13. City of words: further adventures
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Eleanor Jackson
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections.



    London guide: Eleanor Jackson. First meeting point at Green Park tube station, street level, Piccadilly South side.



    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
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  14. Discovering South London walks
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Burstein
    An exploration of the history of South London via 10 walking tours in the areas of Brixton, Lambeth, Waterloo, Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Dulwich, Peckham, Blackheath, Eltham and Woolwich.



    First meeting place for this course will be Waterloo under the clock at Waterloo main line station. First meeting place for this course will be Waterloo under the clock at Waterloo main line station.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  15. Introduction to the Wallace Collection
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    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 £64.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100

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