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. Victorian networks: How trains and telegraphs shaped 19th century culture
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Harriet Thompson
    Ever wondered about the origins of our current networked culture and technology-saturated society? Taking a deep delve into the weird and wonderful world of Victorian technologies, this course considers how advancements in transport and communication produced new sensations and subjectivities in the nineteenth century. We will read texts by major authors like Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope alongside critical theorists like Sadie Plant and Donna Haraway to help us understand the impact of new technologies on human experiences.



    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 £79.00 Concession £64.00
  2. Cyprus and partition
    Course start date:  Wed 29 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Angelos Sepos
    Why is Cyprus divided? Why is Nicosia the last divided capital in the world? We delve into the island’s turmoil-ridden history to uncover the roots and dynamics of this long-standing conflict.



    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 £79.00 Concession £64.00
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