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.
Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place now.
- Space, time and class in the early 20th century: from Cubism to ConstructivismCourse start date: Tue 6 Jun 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Christopher CollierCubism, Futurism and Constructivism were pivotal movements in the history of modern art – encapsulating all the promise and peril of the 20th century’s troubled birth. From striving for rewrite the rules of representation, to the total transformation society itself, these movements tore up artistic convention, helping reshape perceptions of space, time, and class in the process.
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 £79.00 Concession £64.00
- Symbols and stories: saints in artCourse start date: Tue 20 Jun 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Elizabeth EyresSaints are represented in masterpieces of Christian art from 1200 to the present – learn how to recognise them, decode their meanings and iconography and enhance your understanding of this aspect of art history. This course includes a gallery visit.Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
- Screenwriting for feature filmCourse start date: Tue 27 Jun 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Sharmila ChauhanHave you ever wondered what goes into writing a screenplay? How is it different from theatre, radio or prose? Learn the basics of the craft and develop a script of your own in this creative and analytical workshop.
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
- Fra Filippo Lippi and Fra Angelico – the two monastic paintersCourse start date: Tue 11 Jul 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Emma Rose BarberJoin us for a close reading of the works of Fra Filippo Lippi and Fra Angelico, two of 15th century Italy's most influential artists. We study their techniques, their subject matter and how they communicated narratives in painting. Explore all the wonderful tactile visual details they added to the works.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
- Aesop's fables: an introductionCourse start date: Tue 18 Jul 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Maria ContosAesop’s fables have been used through history to clarify important issues within society. Investigate their perseverance through history and why they continue to be relevant today.Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
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