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.

Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place now.

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  1. Writing fiction
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 10 other dates)

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

    Lovers of fiction can develop their creative writing skills on this practical intermediate course. You'll explore the fundamentals of fiction writing craft such as character and structure, and unlock your imagination to produce compelling prose. Suitable for those with some creative writing experience.



    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 £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  2. Advanced fiction writing workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.



    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 £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £88.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  3. Autobiographical writing
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, this term-long course explores how to ensure your autobiographical work is both evocative and powerful.



    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 £209.00 Concession £84.00
  4. Selves, persons, and agents
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Who am I? Is there such a thing as “my true self”? Consider these questions, and more, from a philosophical perspective.



    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £96.00
  5. Developing your novel
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 6 other dates)

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

    Have you started work on your novel? This course is suitable for experienced creative writers who want to make progress with a novel draft. Learn more about the art of novel writing and move your project forward in a supportive workshop environment.



    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 £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  6. Writing for children: workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 4 other dates)

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

    On this ongoing workshop you will develop your work-in-progress with constructive feedback from tutor and classmates. You need to have completed a ‘Writing for children’ course before joining this class.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £92.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  7. The power and influence of German art: from early medieval to early modern
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Discover the art of Germany from medieval to modern and the variety of artists came be a major influence not just on Northern art but also the Italian Renaissance and ultimately all of European art.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £152.00
  8. Classical civilisation – Part 2: Imperial Athens, Democracy and Empire
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Aristocratic rule in Athens is replaced by a new regime (both more and less democratic than we understand the term today!) Under the leadership of Pericles, the city now embarks on years of imperial expansion. A glorious decade of cultural and artistic achievement follows with new ideas in art, drama, science, philosophy, medicine, politics and oratory. All this is terminated by the trauma of the Peloponnesian war.



    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  9. Contemporary British and International Fiction
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A brief and careful selection of some outstanding contemporary novels from Britain and abroad include Ruth Padel’s Daughters of the Labyrinth, an exploration of the fate of Crete’s Jewish community through the eyes of a contemporary British painter; Mayflies, Andrew O’Hagan’s story of a long friendship; Waterline, Ross Raisin’s moving Glasgow-based chronicle of a long marriage, and two outstanding Booker-shortlisted works from South Africa and Sri Lanka respectively - Karen Jenning’s An Island and Anuk Arudpragasam’s A Passage North.



    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  10. Extended history of modern art in 50 works
    Course start date:  Wed 4 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site (other locations are available)

    Explore the history of modern art through objects and artworks in London galleries. Build a greater understanding of modern art, its experiments and the cultural rebellions that mark the period.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100

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