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.

Many students return to take more courses, telling us they enjoy being part of our City Lit Learning community.

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  1. New Hollywood, New Wave
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    The film world was breathless with excitement by 1963 but Hollywood had fallen behind the rest of the world and everyone was going to the latest French or Italian films. Exactly four years later Time magazine’s cover story was “The New Hollywood.” How this happened, how Hollywood suddenly went from losing millions on bloated spectacles like Cleopatra to producing smart, talked-about pictures like The Graduate, Badlands and Bonnie and Clyde — how Old Hollywood became the New Hollywood — is the subject of this course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  2. Key texts of 19th & 20th century drama: Ibsen, Wilde, Williams and Stoppard
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will explore the concerns,styles and influences of 4 key dramatic texts from the late 19th and 20th centuries and how they reflect the times in which they were written. Texts studied include Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, A Streetcar named Desire by Tennessee Williams and Travesties by Tom Stoppard.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  3. Phenomenology: an introduction
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Phenomenology, one of the most influential approaches in contemporary philosophy, asks: how do we constitute experienced reality? Following Husserl and Heidegger, phenomenologists try to understand what it means, if anything, to be in the world.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  4. Writing fiction
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 3 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:
    86% of 100
  5. Advanced fiction writing workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (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 will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £88.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  6. Advanced playwriting
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Dive deeper into the key elements of writing for the theatre, gain fresh critical insight into your own writing, and produce a new draft of your work. This online course is designed for experienced playwrights who have work in-progress.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £88.00
  7. Advanced creative non-fiction: turning experience into art
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Weave the rich strands of your personal experience into an intricate story that will entertain and educate readers. Ideal if you've attended 'Creative non-fiction' or already have a specific project planned out.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £88.00
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    100% of 100
  8. Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This intensive online fiction workshop is open by selective application to a maximum of ten fiction writers working at the advanced and professional levels.The deadline for applications is Sunday 22nd August.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £339.00 Concession £339.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  9. Writing fantasy stories
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. Poetry cooked and raw: from Emily Dickinson to the Beat Poets
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    We will explore how poets changed during the 20th century from writing in formal ‘poetic’ language and regular forms towards writing in more natural language, freer forms and with more direct expression of feelings. We will look at free verse, political poetry, the Beat Poets, confessional poetry and prose poetry.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. Developing your novel
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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
  12. Advanced poetry workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your poetry, taking it in new directions and maturing your poetic voice. Various approaches and techniques will be explored, and new poetry can be workshopped. For experienced poets only.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £88.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  13. The 60 minute writer
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

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

    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 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £40.00
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  14. The Early Roman Emperors
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the Roman Empire under the government of the Julio-Claudian dynasty – from Augustus to Nero.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  15. Writing for children: workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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

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