History, culture & writing

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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.

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, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online 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.

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  1. The Mid-terms results
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 1 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mark Malcomson
    US elections are always important. Join City Lit's Principal, Mark Malcomson, for analysis of the results.



    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 £19.00 Concession £10.00
  2. Film Studies Taster
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Dec 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Paul Sutton
    Learn how to evaluate and discuss films while enjoying a working example of a City Lit Film Studies class. In this class we will view and explore clips from a number of films, including popular remakes, enabling us to consider and compare themes and techniques from differing filmmaking countries. There will be a chance to review – in brief – film courses at City Lit (January - September 2023).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  3. Creative writing: a taster
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Dec 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Claire Collison
    Give creative writing a try in this fun and supportive one-off taster session. Ideal if you want to unlock your imagination and express yourself, but need a bit of encouragement to get started.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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    60% of 100
  4. Screenwriting: a taster
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alan Nixon
    Give screenwriting a try in this fun and supportive one-off taster session. Ideal if you want to unlock your imagination and express yourself, but need a bit of encouragement to get started.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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  5. Journalism: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Dec 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Laura Silverman
    What makes a great story? Discover what goes into a magazine or newspaper article and be inspired to write your own.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  6. Chinese history taster: the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1636-1912) Dynasties
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    To understand China of our present means understanding China of the past. Why not join PhD Fellow Dylan Wang for a taste of the histories of the Ming and Qing Dynasties from 1368 to the new Republican era in 1912?
    Full fee £15.00 Senior fee £12.00 Concession £10.00
  7. The State of the Union: Two years of the Biden administration….and the continuing saga of Trump
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 26 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mark Malcomson
    Every year the President of the United States addresses a joint session of Congress and proposes a legislative agenda and national priorities - the State of the Union. In this one evening course, we review Joe Biden’s time in office – his achievements and failures. We will also discuss the ongoing presence of Donald Trump in America’s body politic and what the coming year have in store.



    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 £19.00 Concession £10.00
  8. Lunchtime lecture: rethinking Mary Cassatt
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Join us for an exploration of the art of Mary Cassatt: feminist, independent, painter of women in the world.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £8.00 Concession £7.00
  9. Literature taster: contemporary fiction
    Course start date:  Thu 30 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Patricia Sweeney
    Ever wondered what studying a Literature course at City Lit is like? Tempted to try, but not ready to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session on contemporary fiction to boost your confidence and whet your appetite for further study!







    Includes information on the Literature programme offering for term three, which runs from April to July 2023.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  10. Chinese history taster: the Republican (1912-1949) and Communist (post 1949) Eras
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    To understand China of our present means understanding China of the past. Why not join PhD Fellow Dylan Wang to get a taste of the histories and legacies of the Republican and Communiest eras from 1912 till today?
    Full fee £15.00 Senior fee £12.00 Concession £10.00
  11. A taste of politics
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Martin Jorgensen
    Borders, conflicts, citizenship, elections, activism and global politics. We see these topics on the news every day. Some seem connected, others less so. Join our politics taster to get perspective and an overview of our politics courses.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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