History, culture & writing

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 writing creative non-fiction and American history and politics.

Study 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, 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.

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  1. The 60 minute writer
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    Course Date:  Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Fit creative writing into your busy day: a relaxed, informal rolling programme for writers of all levels of experience who enjoy being thrown new ideas and experimenting with poetry and prose.

    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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  2. Writing for magazines
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.

    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 £52.00
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  3. African history reading group
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 26 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    African history remains a marginalised topic, both within the historical research landscapes and most educational systems across the world. This reflects how history emerged as a scholarly endeavour in the context of European and American imperialism and nationalism. In this course, read and discuss African history to counter this and do our own work.

    Course dates are 26/05, 23/06 and 21/07.

    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 £49.00 Concession £22.00
  4. Magic in the ancient world
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    How do you define magic and divination? Why has the Western world traditionally viewed magic as opposed to religion and science? These and other issues will be discussed in this thought-provoking course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  5. Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This advanced workshop is designed for students who have already completed introductory and intermediate creative-non fiction courses and would like to focus on workshopping their writing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £56.00
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  6. Creating your author platform online
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Increasingly publishers are looking for an author with an impressive online presence, as well as a sparkling manuscript. In this workshop, you'll learn how to start and grow your author brand, gain a following and build a readership for your future titles.

    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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  7. Writing a memoir (continuation)
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This continuation course guides students in developing a memoir project that will resonate and inspire.

    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 £52.00
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  8. Further village London
    Course Date:  Wed 16 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online



    A further five walks around London's former villages - Hampstead, Highgate, Archway, Fitzrovia and Soho.

    Why did these areas grow up as villages and how did they become swallowed up by the city of London?

    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 £26.00
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  9. A compact guide to international migration: history and present
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 30 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore and understand trends and developments in international migration since the industrial revolution.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £35.00
  10. Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore interesting, off-beat and diverse approaches to generating verse on this one-day course. Try out cut-ups, found lines, experiments in meter and rhyme, and much more.

    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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  11. The decline of truth from pragmatism to postmodernism
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do we live in a post-truth world? Should all our beliefs be subject to revision or are there universal truths we can’t doubt? Join us for a retrospective on a century of scepticism and relativism.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  12. Popular classics from the 20th century
    Course Date:  Wed 28 Apr 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Selecting examples from comedy, science fiction and mystery/crime, this course will look at popular novels that have survived the test of time, and examine the relevance of genre fiction. Among the books we will read are:

    The Darling Buds of May by H.E.Bates, Endless night by Agatha Christie, The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier,

    Far From the Country by Miss Read, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith and The Chrysalids by John Wyndham.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  13. Byron’s Don Juan: 'The grand Napoleon of the realms of rhyme
    Course Date:  Wed 28 Apr 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Don Juan is Byron’s crowning achievement – a picaresque mock epic intended to be ‘a little quietly facetious upon everything’. The poem, however, is more complex and engaging - a vision of life predicated on paradox: witty and melancholy, sarcastic and sentimental, romantic and classical, resigned and defiant. This course will illuminate the many facets of Byron’s unprecedented masterpiece.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  14. America in the 70s: culture and society
    Course Date:  Wed 5 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An era of economic struggle and cultural change, 1970s America continued to reflect aspects of 60s social upheaval. This online course will explore the political, social and cultural context of 1970s America through a sampling of the literature, history, music, film and art of the period, providing different ways in to understanding the decade.

    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 £97.00
  15. German Idealism from Kant to Hegel: the beginnings of continental philosophy
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 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 £103.00

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