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.

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  1. Writing haiku poetry
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pearl May
    Learn how to write haikus that resonate, move and entertain on this fun day workshop.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  2. Seven wonders of the ancient world
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    The Seven Wonders fascinate us, but what were they and why were they wonders? Using art, literature and



    archaeology we'll explore possible answers.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  3. The Inca
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max Carocci
    Learn about the history and culture of the Inca civilisation from South America.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  4. Writing the prose poem: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Helen Cox
    A form that’s flowered in recent years, this short course will guide you to write your own prose poetry.



    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 £35.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  5. Daemonologie: Witch trials, witch hunting and the Scottish Reformation.
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Nearly 4,000 individuals were accused of witchcraft in Scotland in the Early Modern period - approximately three times the total number of prosecutions that took place in England. Join us to explore the religious, cultural and political factors that informed attitudes to witches, witch-hunting and witch trials in Scotland.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  6. Performance poetry
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Megan Beech
    Write poetry and perform it, finding your own style and delivery under the guidance of a spoken word artist. Explore the differences between performance and other forms of poetry.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  7. Writing the body in fiction
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Eleanor Penny
    Explore how to write bodies that bring your fiction to life in this short course suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.



    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 £35.00
    Rating:
    60% of 100
  8. Writing for blogs: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lorna V
    Already started a blog and want to know how to craft more engaging blog posts? This fun but informative workshop teaches the essential skills required to craft blogposts that will resonate with your audience.



    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 £35.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  9. Picture book writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Jun 2023 (and 6 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Lou Kuenzler
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories; a starter course to develop both your ideas and your technique.



    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 £65.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  10. A taste of creative writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Apr 2023 (and 7 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Vicky Grut
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive short course. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  11. The Exorcist at 50
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    A landmark film, The Exorcist brought a new level of terror to the big screen; nothing like it had been seen before in mainstream cinema - and nor has it since. This course offers a detailed analysis of the film and its key themes, its production, critical and popular reception, and its influence on the development of the demonic possession film, and horror cinema and popular culture in general.



    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 £38.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Autobiography into fiction: a taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 May 2023 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Nick Barlay
    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction in this fun short course for fiction writing beginners and experienced writers. Develop your writing skills and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into strong narratives. This course has a 2-hr break (12:30-14:30).
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  13. The philosophy of Machiavelli
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Goff
    “ … in constituting and legislating for a commonwealth it must needs be taken for granted that all men are wicked and that they will always give vent to the malignity that is in their hearts when opportunity offers.”.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  14. How America replaced Britain in the Middle East 1945-2003
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nomaan Hanif
    This course charts the post 1945 entrance of the United States into the Middle East and the power struggle which ensued with Britain as a consequence. The course pierces the official discourse on the transatlantic relationship and provides a different perspective on how to understand and explain the volatile politics of the region. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  15. Art of ancient Central Asia
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Roberta Marin
    Discover the establishment and the development of Islamic art in Central Asia.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100

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