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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Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short 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. Haiku for wellbeing at the National Gallery
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Oct 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Pearl May
    Writing Haiku poems can provide a peaceful distraction from challenges to wellbeing through focusing on creative writing and bringing awareness to our surroundings. Working in Haiku form can support us to get in touch with ourselves and the world around us, help show our place within it, as well as generate a feeling of achievement. This workshop will take place in the National Gallery as part of the Mental Wealth Festival 2023.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  2. Film studies taster
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Dec 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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 - March 2024).
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  3. Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Emma Rose Barber
    Explore the work of Van Eyck in relation to Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelites more generally; consider how this 15th century painter influenced artists some 300 years later.

    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
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