History, culture & writing

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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.

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We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online 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. Craft focus: voice in fiction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Tasha Kavanagh
    All fiction must have a 'voice,' a complex mix of elements that, together, give the piece its unique identity. Learn what 'voice' really means in fiction and how to develop a voice for your story that can capture the attention of readers.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  2. Craft focus: how to edit your story (fiction and non-fiction)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 4 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lucy Popescu
    Editing is an essential skill for any writer. Learn the different types of editing processes and how to polish your own prose in this useful workshop for writers. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  3. Italian Cinema: Neorealism
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Wischmeyer
    Neorealism was just a brief moment in cinema history, but its impact was enormous, not only on Italian film but also on the French New Wave and ultimately on films all over the world—but not only on films. It was a postwar film movement that helped reconstruct a broken society. The term 'neorealism' was first applied to Visconti’s Ossessione (1943) but the style came to fruition in the mid-to-late forties in such films as Roberto Rossellini’s Rome Open City (1945), Shoeshine (1946), Paisan (1946) and Bicycle Thieves (1948 Vittorio De Sica).
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  4. Picture book writing
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Oct 2022 (and 8 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Andrew Weale
    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, develop their ideas and 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
  5. Writing flash fiction: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lucy Popescu
    Flash fiction is the art of telling small stories that make a big impact. Learn how to harness the power of economy in this practical 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
  6. From families and fantasy to Independents and franchises: Hollywood cinema since 1980
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    Explore Hollywood cinema since 1980, an era marked by the industry's consolidation of its strength and a focus on sequels, series and franchise films featuring adventure, fantasy and comedy themes aimed at younger audiences and families. We will also consider new technologies and exhibition platforms, and the role of the independent sector in catering for both specialist and wider audiences.



    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
  7. Focus on: Giotto
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Leslie Primo
    Discover the life and work of Giotto, was one of the earliest artists to be written about within his lifetime, his genius held up as the ideal by Italian painting critics for the next five centuries.



    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:
    93% of 100
  8. The art of writing the personal essay
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Yvonne Singh
    Follow in the footsteps of Dorothy Parker, George Orwell and Zadie Smith with this taster course on the personal essay, a continuously thriving genre of autobiographical 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:
    70% of 100
  9. Craft focus: dialogue in fiction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sophie McKenzie
    When your characters speak, what are they really saying? Develop that all-important ‘ear for dialogue’ through writing exercises and analysis of proven techniques.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
  10. Modern art in Ireland
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Henry Martin
    This course explores how artists on the island of Ireland have responded to, and created, cultural and social change between 1922 and 2022. Themes include religion, inequality, post-colonialism, modernity, secularism and the Troubles.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  11. Television and Streaming's Brave New World: What's on the Box Set?
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Wischmeyer
    Did you binge in lockdown but are now more selective? Where and how do you watch your preferred TV series or movies? With current inflation price rises will you let your subscription lapse? The Culture Secretary wants Channel 4 to be more like Netflix, but that model appears to be faltering and it covers no news. We may lose BBC 4 and Radio 4 Extra, but the new generation of viewers don’t use BBC or even television, so perhaps it’s not a problem for them. Let’s come together to discuss the contemporary small screen, our viewing preferences and our favourite TV series and films to see where we stand on the matter.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £38.00
  12. Focus on: British printmaking in the late 19th and early 20th century
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julia Musgrave
    Discover the work of the significant artist-printmakers who worked in Britain from the late 19th century through to the Interwar period: the printmaking processes they used, and the ways they variously responded to tradition and modernity.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  13. Writing women in the 21st century
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie McKenzie
    Celebrate strong women for International Women's Day with this inclusive one-off session on how to create your own, powerful fictional women. Please note: this course will have a 2-hr break from 12:30-14:30.



    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:
    100% of 100
  14. Cutting it fine: collage in modern & contemporary art
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    Immerse yourself in an exploration of the history of collage going as far back as ancient China to international contemporary art today. This engaging study day will enhance your knowledge of the roots of this fascinating media, and illustrate how collage techniques have been pivotal to major modern and contemporary art movements, from Cubism, Dada and Surrealism to photomontage and digital art.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  15. Don't Look Now and The Wicker Man at 50
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    Explore two landmark British horror films, originally released together as a double bill, one a gothic psychological work, the other a key example of British 'folk horror' cinema. Looking at a range of key scenes from each of the films, we will assess their critical reception and status in British horror cinema, while considering their enduring popularity with both critics and audiences alike.



    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

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