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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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. Developing your novel
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Barnes
    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
  2. Ways into playwriting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Dawn King
    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage in this introductory course. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £105.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  3. Ways into poetry
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (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.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £105.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  4. Creative non-fiction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023 (and 7 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Paul Laffan
    Explore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.



    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
  5. Ways into screenwriting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Alan Nixon
    Learn to write for the screen on this practical, introductory course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £105.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  6. Ways into creative writing
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 9 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Rosie Fiore
    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. Developing your poetry
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 26 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Christina Dunhill
    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'.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £105.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  8. Advanced fiction writing workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

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

    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.



    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
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  9. Television screenwriting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jim Hill
    Do you want to write a drama script for television? What do you write and where do you start? Through exercises and examples this course will assist you in developing your own projects.



    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:  Thu 12 Jan 2023 (and 7 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
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Josh Lacey
    On this ongoing workshop you will develop your work-in-progress with constructive feedback from tutor and classmates. You need to have completed a ‘Writing for children’ course before joining this class.



    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
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  12. Developing your playwriting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Dawn King
    Continue to explore the key elements of dramatic writing, and benefit from supportive and detailed feedback on your own work. New students with some playwriting experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £105.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  13. Cultureplex Ciné-club
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Sutton
    Come and join us at the Cultureplex Ciné-Club, where once a week, for 12 weeks (and throughout the rest of the academic year), we will watch and discuss film. Taking its cue from the famous Parisian ciné-club set up by the celebrated critic and writer, André Bazin, ‘the single thinker most responsible for bestowing on cinema the prestige both of an artform and of an object of knowledge’, and the man who foresaw the emergence of film studies as a legitimate discipline of academic study, our contemporary incarnation of the film club will offer a curated series of films for detailed study, discussion and debate. Each film will be introduced, placed in both its cinematic, cultural and historic context. In sharing our viewing in City Lit’s premier screening room, the Cultureplex, we will approximate the experience of watching film in the cinema, one that is intense and fully focussed in a way that other modes of viewing often are not. After the screening we will devote the rest of the class to a collective exploration of the film, led by the tutor, but involving everyone in a participatory discussion that will allow all to express their responses, their views, their thoughts on the film screened.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
  14. Advanced historical studies
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter, Martin Jorgensen
    If you have a passion for history, or if you've ever been interested in studying history at a higher level, this online course could be right for you. Whether you're an avid hobby historian, or thinking about studying history for your Foundation, Bachelors or Masters degree, this online course (with 13 sessions over 12 weeks) offers you an introduction to history at an advanced level.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £289.00 Concession £145.00
  15. The history of Western art in 100 paintings
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Blended (learn both online and in-person)

    Tutors:  Julia Musgrave
    A chronological introduction to Western art from c.1250 to the present day, taught by looking at artworks in London’s galleries, and related materials.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £559.00 Senior fee £447.00 Concession £363.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100

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