History, culture & writing

History, Culture & Writing

We offer an extraordinary range of courses during the day, in the evening and at weekends, from the most popular subjects to the completely unique, including film studiescreative and non-fiction writing courses and American history courses. Many of our tutors are nationally recognised in their fields, including published authors, and practising professionals in the media. As a learner you can also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as the British Film Institute and close links with The British Museum, the London Transport Museum and many others.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Developing your creative writing
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This supportive intermediate course for writers with some experience will provide inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice. This course welcomes those interested in writing 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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £80.00
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  2. The 60 minute writer
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    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 £40.00
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  3. Ways into creative writing: an introduction
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on one of these fun and supportive short courses covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.

    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 £52.00
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    93% of 100
  4. Short story writing
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback to develop your writing skills.

    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 £84.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  5. History of ideas: the Enlightenment and the modern state - the illusion of freedom
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  6. Craft focus: grammar, syntax, and style for creative writers
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    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 £72.00
  7. Everyday life in London 1350-1500
    Last Few Places
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Where and how did Londoners live? What did they eat and drink? What illnesses did they suffer from, how were they treated and how did they deal with sanitation? These and other questions will be addressed on this course.

    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 £175.00 Concession £96.00
  8. Modernist Manifestoes: 1880 - 1939
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The word manifesto implies the creation of a new reality – perhaps the more improbable the better – through the act of speech. This course examines the manifestoes and movements of the modernist period (late-19th and early-20th centuries), which sought to radically redefine the possibilities of art, politics and life.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  9. Poetry in the making
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This workshop is an opportunity to get support and advice in developing and fine-tuning your work, in a culture where new poems will grow. This course is best suited to more experienced poets.

    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 £88.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  10. Philosophy and cultural theory
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    We will look the philosophical underpinnings of culture through the writings of key philosophers who engage critically with the self images of the post enlightenment era. In particular we will look at ideology, language and art in the context of cultural reproduction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  11. Plague, famine and war: Fourteenth century Europe
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    No sooner had the Great Famine of 1315-22 taken its toll then along came the Black Death to wipe out half the remaining population but there was also a flourishing of art and literature.

    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 £175.00 Concession £96.00
  12. Advanced playwriting: workshop
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    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 workshop is for experienced playwrights with ongoing projects.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £309.00 Concession £124.00
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    94% of 100
  13. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: an introduction for complete beginners
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This four-week course uses British Museum objects related to ancient Egypt to provide a foundation in the writing of hieroglyphs. The class will be held online.

    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 £103.00 Concession £79.00
  14. Beastly Writing in the modern age
    Course Date: Fri 14 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Animals leap, crawl, hop, and gallop across the pages of modern fiction and poetry. Why do authors write about animals? What effect does it have on us as readers when we encounter animals in novels and short stories? From Beatrix Potter and Black Beauty to the contemporary novel, this course explores the role of the animal in modern literature. Themes that we will think about together include: animal suffering, animals in depictions of childhood, and animal transformations and dehumanisation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  15. Post war German history 1961 to reunification and beyond
    Course Date: Fri 14 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course offers a broad survey of German history from the sealing of the country’s division by the Berlin Wall to its unforeseen reunification in 1989-90 and its aftermath.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £83.00

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