History, culture & writing

History, Culture & Writing

We offer an extraordinary range of courses during the day, in the evening and at weekends, from the most popular subjects to the completely unique, including film studiescreative and non-fiction writing courses and American history courses. Many of our tutors are nationally recognised in their fields, including published authors, and practising professionals in the media. As a learner you can also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as the British Film Institute and close links with The British Museum, the London Transport Museum and many others.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Art of ancient Central Asia
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Discover the establishment and the development of Islamic art in Central Asia.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  2. Narrative comedy: writing for TV in the online age
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Award-winning shows like Fleabag, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and People Just Do Nothing have changed the face of comedy. Add streaming services – where This Country began – and the opportunities to develop narrative comedy are multitude. This course led by an Emmy award-winning Producer, explains how to identify your outlets and modify your projects accordingly.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  3. A taste of poetry
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This short, fun taster course is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for two evenings of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  4. Symbols of power: the Medieval monarch
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Royal regalia, ‘creative’ genealogies and political prophecies were just some of the ways in which medieval monarchs sought to maintain power. We will compare and contrast strategies employed by legitimate kings and usurpers alike.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  5. The art of the dissertation
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Are you approaching your dissertation year at undergraduate level? In this workshop you will receive expert guidance on how to structure and write your dissertation project to a high academic standard.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
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  6. Ways into screenwriting: a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on this short online course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  7. Writing and rewriting fairytales
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Once upon a time there was a City Lit workshop led by a romance author who loved fairytales. Her quest: to inspire writers to pen stories of love, fear, forests, revenge, dragons, witches, kings, queens, frogs and magic.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  8. Craft focus: character in fiction
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    In fiction, character and plot are inseparable elements of craft. Without characters in stories there can be no action, and without characters acting there can be no plot. In this short course you'll learn how to create characters that can drive a narrative forward and deepen its themes.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  9. Writing myths: a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Whether you want to write about mythical beasts in a modern-day setting or pen a traditional epic quest, this fun, interactive taster will equip you with the craft basics to write a myth that will move and inspire.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
    Rating:
    70% of 100
  10. Restoration London
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Discover what London was like during the reign of the Merry Monarch Charles II (1660-85) with the reopening of taverns and theatres after years of austerity, closely followed by Plague and the Great Fire.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  11. Picture book writing
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Develop both your ideas and your technique.

    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 £40.00
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    99% of 100
  12. Writing children's poetry
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    In this interactive workshop you will be exploring a range of poetic styles for the different age groups. There will be plenty of practical activities, and a chance to perform a poem in a final ‘slam’.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
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    100% of 100
  13. Approaching an agent
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This workshop, designed for authors who have finished their manuscript, offers practical advice on finding and approaching a literary agent.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  14. How do we know what we know? Introducing scepticism and the theory of knowledge
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course takes a closer look at epistemology, or the theory of knowledge, and asks such questions as: how is knowledge created? How do we internalise information? What makes us believe or not believe in the 'knowledge' presented to us? .

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £30.00
  15. Write a short story in a weekend
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Turn your great idea into a short story on this fun practical course. Through a series of inspiring exercises, you'll be introduced to some key fiction writing techniques and encouraged to draft a short story from beginning to end. Suitable for beginners who are comfortable learning at a fast pace. Please note: this course has a 2-hr break each session from 12:30-14:30.

    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 £40.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100

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