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.

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  1. Developing your screenwriting
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Kline
    Continue your screenwriting journey in this practical intermediate course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.



    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:
    94% of 100
  2. Renaissance and Decline – Egypt from the 26th Dynasty to Alexander the Great
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Duigan
    Assyrian power is at an end. Psammetichus 1 creates a new Dynasty and launches a period of renewal, a political and cultural renaissance. Herodotus, the ‘first historian’ tells vivid stories about the characters and events in this dramatic period. Persia invades and conquers the Nile Valley before being expelled in turn by Alexander the Great.



    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  3. Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Eyres
    Explore art and culture in the early 20th century, focussing on the major developments and movements in art including Cubism, Abstraction, Dada and Surrealism and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  4. Philosophy and memory
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Anita Kasabova
    What is memory? How does memory impact our sense of self and time? Why does memory often go wrong? If our memory is unreliable, can it provide knowledge of our personal past? What is collective memory? This course explores memory from philosophical and psychological perspectives.



    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
  5. Writing fiction
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Tasha Kavanagh
    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:
    87% of 100
  6. Classical civilisations – Part 2: Imperial Athens, Democracy and Empire
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Duigan
    Aristocratic rule in Athens is replaced by a new regime (both more and less democratic than we understand the term today!) Under the leadership of Pericles, the city now embarks on years of imperial expansion. A glorious decade of cultural and artistic achievement follows with new ideas in art, drama, science, philosophy, medicine, politics and oratory. All this is terminated by the trauma of the Peloponnesian war.



    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  7. Ways into poetry
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Andrew Weale
    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
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  8. The rise of civilisation in ancient Greece - Part 1: The Aegean in the Bronze Age
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Michael Duigan
    The origins of civilization in the Aegean. Lovely marble statuettes from the Cyclades. Magnificent palaces in Crete inspired by royal buildings in the Levant. Knossos with its splendid frescoes excavated by Evans. Sinister myths about the labyrinth and the Minotaur.



    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
  9. Ways into creative writing
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 9 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Paul Laffan
    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 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 £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  10. Plagues of London: 1348-1665
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Explore the impact of plague on London during the years 1348-1665. By the seventeenth century we can read eye-witness accounts but medicine was no nearer to a cure.



    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 £96.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. Anthropology of art, ethnographic film and photography
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Yasmin Hales
    This introductory course aims to critically explore the role and symbolic meaning of art from a cross-cultural perspective, ranging from the concept of beauty, the beliefs and rituals associated with material objects, to the human body as canvas and the role of museums.



    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £96.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. 19th Century Europe 1815-1914 Dynasties and Democracies
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pamela Pilbeam
    We will examine the relationship between royal and democratic power in the main states in continental Europe from the defeat of Napoleon to 1914. Royal dynasties were invented if needed. Elected assemblies were created. Which held real power?



    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
  13. Developing your creative writing
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Claire Griffiths
    This supportive intermediate course for writers with some experience will provide inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice. This course welcomes those interested in writing 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 £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  14. Developing your novel
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Barnes
    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
  15. Ways into playwriting
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dawn King
    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage in this introductory course. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.



    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:
    85% of 100

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