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.

Study in-person at City Lit or offsite, or 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 on our online courses, 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.

Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place now.

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  1. Creative non-fiction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 May 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Vicky Grut
    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. Advanced autobiographical writing
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 3 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Nick Barlay
    A supportive workshop for more experienced writers of autobiography who are ready to push their practice, explore new techniques and further develop their authorial voice.



    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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  3. Freelance writing and blogging
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 4 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Laura Silverman
    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 £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
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  4. The Attlee Government
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alison Appleby
    The election of the first majority Labour government in 1945 followed a devastating war. This is chance to look at the programme of the new government and decide whether it left a lasting legacy.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £96.00
  5. Ways into creative writing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Barnes
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive environment? Join one of these introductory courses. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.



    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. Seventeenth Century Europe: The Age of Monarchy
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 6 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Post-Reformation Europe saw endemic warfare and plague. It was also an age of absolutism where royal courts reached their apogee as centres of patronage and splendour.



    NB. This course will be taking break weeks on Friday 3 June and Friday 8 July.



    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 £105.00
  7. Wisdom in Zen, Daoism and western philosophy
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Goff
    The great philosophical traditions of Europe and East Asia seek to embody wisdom in the figure of the sage but how do their conceptions of what it is to be a sage differ?



    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 £105.00
  8. Ways into poetry
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lawrence Bradby
    Relatively new to writing poetry? This inspiring course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices alongside fellow emerging poets. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.



    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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  9. Philosophy and the meaning of life
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Oliver Josiah
    Some philosophers have insisted that philosophy should explain the meaning of our existence. What does it mean for us to be? And how then should we live? This course examines some seriously philosophical answers.



    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 £239.00 Concession £105.00
  10. 'A terrible beauty is born': poetry in revolutionary times
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Laurie Smith
    Is Auden right that “poetry makes nothing happen”? We look at how poets have helped people to understand, cope



    with and sometimes resist oppression in revolutionary periods from the late 18th century to the present.



    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
  11. Minds, brains and related philosophical headaches
    Course start date:  Thu 12 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ariel Kernberg
    “No Brain, No Pain” — that’s hardly controversial. But is having an experience or—indeed—entertaining a thought



    nothing else than neural activity? In this course we will look at this and some related philosophical questions.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £96.00

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