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.

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. 

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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. Ways into creative writing: intensive
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Feb 2025 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lucy Popescu
    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 £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £75.00
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  3. Ways into creative writing: a gentle pace
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Feb 2025 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Henry Martin
    Are you brand new to creative writing? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive environment alongside other beginners? This gentle short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a creative writer.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £75.00
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  4. Picture book writing: advanced
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Apr 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrew Weale
    Would you like to workshop, edit and polish your picture book texts for young children? This course is designed for advanced picture book writers wishing to hone their skills and improve their own stories.



    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
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  5. Medieval Drama: the Mystery Cycles
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Rachel Buglass
    This course explores the Medieval Mystery plays, also known as the York Corpus Christi plays, focusing on the oldest of the four great cycles of biblical drama that have survived from late Medieval England. We will consider theatrical conventions, costumes and props, the performances and open-air staging of the plays and the medieval guilds and writers that were responsible for them.



    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 £64.00
  6. Race in American history and politics
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dale Mineshima-Lowe
    Join us to explore the issues of race relations and racism in the USA since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
  7. The Watergate crisis
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dafydd Townley
    This course will examine the short and long-term causes of the Watergate crisis and the Nixon administration’s cover-up and the crisis impact on American politics and society.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £77.00
  8. The emerging markets today
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ingrid Aguiar Schlindwein
    Explore emerging markets in the global economy. Understand economic, political, and cultural dynamics, challenges and strategies for success in evolving markets.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  9. Go West!  Exploring West London
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Burstein
    Via 10 walking tours we explore Shepherds Bush, Brook Green, Notting Hill, Hammersmith, Bedford Park, Barons Court, Earls Court, Fulham, Kensal Green,Cadogan Estate (Chelsea) discovering their history, buildings and past residents.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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