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. Creative non-fiction
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.

    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
  2. Writing for children
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Always wanted to write a children's book? This practical course will develop your ability to write for different age groups and genres of contemporary children's fiction. (Please note this two-term course is payable in two instalments.).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £389.00 Concession £156.00
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  3. Starting your novel
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 12 May 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel.

    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
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    94% of 100
  4. Writing for magazines
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    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
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  5. Writing fantasy stories
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Build 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.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
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  6. UK politics for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Brexit and then COVID have dominated the headlines, but this won’t last for ever. This courses offers an introduction to British politics so you are well prepared whether we return to business as usual… or a new normal.

    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
  7. Portrayals of masculinity in the contemporary novel
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will explore how masculinity is portrayed in the post-colonial novel. We will discuss some of the factors that influence these portrayals, such as class, sexuality and race, and how they continue to be shaped by the colonial past in the post-colonial present of these works.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  8. Short story writing
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback to develop your writing skills.

    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:
    97% of 100
  9. Revolution
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Revolutions change the world. Yet what makes a revolution? Are things different in the twenty first century? This course explores what it is to experience, fight, and resist a revolution.

    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 £159.00 Concession £70.00
  10. The 60 minute writer
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 9 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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  11. Developing your playwriting
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Continue to explore the key elements of dramatic writing, and benefit from supportive and detailed feedback on your own work. New students with prior playwriting experience are welcome to join.

    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:
    96% of 100
  12. Murder, Romance and Suspense: the films of Alfred Hitchcock
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the work of the 'master of suspense' from innovative early films, including The Lodger, Blackmail and The 39 Steps, to late masterpieces, including Rear Window, Vertigo and Psycho. We will consider each phase of Hitchcock's career, his approach to filmmaking, the structure and style of his films, their major themes, and a range of key critical accounts of his career and films.

    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 £159.00 Concession £97.00
  13. Introduction to Charles Booths’ London
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    During this six-week course, we will explore aspects of Charles Booth’s landmark survey ‘Life & Labour of the People in London’, published in 17 volumes between 1889 and 1903.

    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 £57.00
  14. Writing for children: workshop
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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
  15. Ways into advanced literary study
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Wed 29 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course is designed to enhance your appreciation of literary genres and styles from different periods, developing the rigour and skills of reading and writing that belong to a higher level of study.Writers include William Blake, Herman Melville, Thomas Hardy, Henrik Ibsen, Henry James, James Joyce and Virgina Woolf. Includes two Saturdays.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £419.00 Senior fee £419.00 Concession £256.00
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