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.
- Developing your novelCourse start date: Mon 18 Sep 2023 (and 6 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarah LeipcigerHave 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.
- Advanced fiction writing workshopCourse start date: Wed 17 Jan 2024 (and 8 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarah LeipcigerFor 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.
- Autobiographical writingCourse start date: Wed 10 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Julie GartonWhether 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.Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
- The Trojan War (continued): History or Myth?Course start date: Wed 17 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Michael DuiganThe poetry of Homer and other myths tell us about the ‘abduction of Helen’ and the destruction of a city. Do archaeology and contemporary state archives support this epic tradition?
- Asian fictionsCourse start date: Wed 17 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Aamer HusseinA selection of 20th century classics from South Asia, China, Korea and Japan, in English and in translation, which have a lasting impact on world literature. These include Yasunari Kawabata's haunting story of reunion and revenge, Beauty and Sadness, Fumiko Enchi's exploration of a complex triangular relationship, Masks, R.K Narayan's story of love, deception and faith, The Guide, Kamala Markandaya's Nectar in a Sieve, the miniature saga of a woman's life in rural India, and the stories of Eileen Chang and Park Kyongni.
- Writing fantasy storiesCourse start date: Wed 27 Sep 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Victoria M. AdamsBuild fantastical worlds, fill them with compelling characters and learn how to structure innovative plotlines in this perfect introduction for those with a passion for fantasy.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
- Art and critical analysis: Western European art under the microscopeCourse start date: Wed 17 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Leslie PrimoConcentrating on major works of art and significant artists across periods ranging from 1300 to 1900 and beyond this course we will study and explore the impact on the public’s appreciation of art and how that might be influenced by critical analysis including the vagaries of fashion.
- National GalleryCourse start date: Wed 18 Oct 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Leslie PrimoDiscuss a differently themed group of paintings each week in front of the pictures. An opportunity to understand our national collection in greater depth.
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