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.

Study in-person at City Lit or offsite, or online from the comfort of home, with interactive classes that allow you to participate in discussions with fellow adult students. We offer daytime, evening and weekend courses, both short and long. For more information on our online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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.

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  1. Post war German history 1945-1961
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Rudolf Muhs
    This course offers a broad survey of German history from the end of the Second World War to the construction of the Berlin Wall at the height of the Cold war.



    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 £159.00 Concession £70.00
  2. Classic drama: Aeschylus, Shakespeare and Chekhov
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jenny Baynes
    You will read view and discuss three classic plays : Aeschylus’ Eumenides from The Oresteia, Shakespeare's Macbeth and The Seagull by Chekov in terms of themes, language, their social and historical contexts and how they work as performance texts.



    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 £159.00 Concession £121.00
  3. Communism in the USSR: 1945-1991
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Nick Morgan
    This course is an introduction to the history of the Soviet regime from the moment of its victory in the Second World War to its collapse in 1991.



    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 £88.00
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  4. Starting your novel: intensive
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Leipciger
    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive, intensive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel, and those comfortable working at a fast pace.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £68.00
  5. The nasty Normans: 1066-1154
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    The Norman Conquest was arguably the most catastrophic event in English history. Changes in language and law are still with us today. We can thank the Normans for words like ‘murder’, the imposition of inheritance tax and haute cuisine!



    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 £159.00 Concession £88.00
  6. Creative non-fiction
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (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 takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
  7. China in the 19th century
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Amy Matthewson
    This course explores the rise of ‘modern’ China during the late Qing dynasty (1644-1912) and explores the internal and external forces within China and how events shaped its international standing, in particular in Britain.



    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 £70.00
  8. Anthropology: language, culture, communication
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Max Carocci
    Explore the different ways in which humans communicate socially via culture. The course's thematic approach covers topics such as language, art, and social relations.



    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 £79.00
  9. Writing about food
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Laura Silverman
    Love food and want to write about it? Whether you’re keen to review dishes, interview chefs or write about sustainable eating, now is your chance. This course will cover writing for established publications as well as personal blogs.



    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
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  10. Editing your children's novel
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Penny Joelson
    If you have a first draft of a novel for children or young adults that is ready for editing, this lively course will help you to get your manuscript into shape for submission to agents.



    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
  11. German Idealism from Kant to Hegel: the beginnings of continental philosophy
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Christopher Horner
    German philosophers created the most ambitious and imaginative systems of thought of modern times against the backdrop of revolution and war. This creative and speculative beginning to modern continental philosophy is an exciting intellectual adventure.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £79.00
  12. Understanding the modern world
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Christopher Horner
    Explore the ideas of four key thinkers whose ideas have vitally shaped our world. Examine their views on morality, meaning, the role and status of women, human nature, political and economic injustice and much more.



    NB: No class on 7/03/2022 and 14/03/2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £105.00
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  13. The angry Angevins: 1154-1216
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Henry II is remembered for marrying Katherine Hepburn aka Eleanor of Aquitaine, his revolting sons and the murder of Becket. Richard I was a great soldier but an absentee monarch. His brother, John, has been dubbed the worst king in English history.



    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 £159.00 Concession £88.00
  14. Anthropology of space, place and the cultural landscape
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Yasmin Hales
    This is an introductory and interdisciplinary course which ranges beyond social anthropology to explore aspects of cultural geography, philosophy, psychology, art and architectural history, enriching your theoretical and ethnographic understanding of the cross cultural meaning of space within the built environment.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £88.00
  15. French Cinema: Classic - Current - New Wave
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Wischmeyer
    When we fall in love with French cinema it’s not only with the films but with an attitude to cinema itself. In France, cinema is taken seriously as an art rather than merely entertainment or industrial product. France invented cinema then nurtured it through surrealism, 1930s poetic realism, the New Wave, the 'cinema du look’ and nineties realism to the present day by creating a climate in which Hollywood’s narrative norms did not overwhelm. Perhaps no other country, from the earliest years of the cinema’s existence to the present day, has done so much to defend the intrinsic worth of the extraordinary medium of cinema. When you love life, you’ve just been to see a French film.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00

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