Culture, history & humanities

Explore Culture, History & Humanities Courses

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.

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

Courses available both in-person and online

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

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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.


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  1. Writing and rewriting fairytales
    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
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  2. Create your first poetry collection
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Nov 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Megan Beech
    You've written and workshopped your poetry, and now you're ready to create your first collection. But where do you begin with that process? This workshop offers instruction and advice on putting together your first poetry collection.

    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
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  3. Masters of cinema: Christopher Nolan
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Apr 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Sutton
    Christopher Nolan is that rare thing: a director working in Hollywood who makes cerebral big budget blockbusters. You will doubtless know him for Oppenheimer (2023), Tenet (2020), Dunkirk (2017), Interstellar (2014), Inception (2010), Batman Begins (2005), and Memento (2000). But it wasn’t always thus. There was a time when Nolan was a UK-based filmmaker and scriptwriter producing rather different cinematic fare. Join us as we chart Nolan’s journey to the Hollywood big time. We will explore his key films and consider the aesthetic and intellectual legacy of his oeuvre.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
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