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.

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

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  1. History taster: America's wars
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Expore the fascinating history of the French and Indian Wars in this taster to our 'America's Wars' course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  2. Film, television and transformation
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Can watching film and television change us? Drawing on both personal experience and a range of theoretical ideas, Paul Sutton will explore the potentially transformatory effects of our everyday viewing habits both at home and in the cinema. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  3. A change of perspective: Aristotle on negative and positive aspects of shame
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Shame usually gets bad press. In this workshop students will become familiar with Aristotle’s theory of shame and explore how it changes the negativity bias towards shame. We will show how Aristotle’s theory can be applied to analysing shame in social media culture and how it allows for a change in perspective towards social media shame. This workshop will run in a seminar format. The tutor will give an initial presentations followed by Q&A and open discussion. Power-point presentations and other materials will be available for personal study. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  4. Late Lines: an evening of spoken word with City Lit writers
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Join us for a special online edition of City Lit’s Late Lines – an evening of spoken word in celebration of the Mental Wealth Festival.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  5. Submitting your poetry to magazines
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Taught by the editor of Southbank Poetry, this short course is designed to guide students on submitting their poetry to magazines, journals and websites for publications.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  6. The meaning of light: symbolism and religious objects in world faiths
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    World religions and the objects associated with light, from different faiths and festivals.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  7. Published poets group
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Share your work, develop your poetry and receive feedback from your peers and tutor in this inspiring workshop for published poets.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £8.00
  8. Londinium (Roman London 47-457 CE)
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A look at the spectacular rise and fall of Londinium from c. AD 47 to its abandonment in c. AD 457.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £15.00
  9. Christmas unwrapped: an exploration of the story, imagery, carols and traditions of Christmas
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course aims to unwrap the story, imagery, music and traditions of Christmas to see what they tell us about: the person of Jesus and his role, Christmas's origins and its place in contemporary society.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  10. A taste of philosophy
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Have you ever wondered what philosophy is? What do philosophers talk about? Can they tell you the meaning of life or is it just jargon and navel gazing? Come along and find out.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  11. A taste of film
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This taster of forthcoming film courses at City Lit in 2022 offers you the chance to think about which ones to take while also providing an opportunity to explore some of the key areas in film studies more generally.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  12. Writing your mental health story
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    From journaling to blogging, personal essays to memoir books, writing your mental story can be a powerful tool for personal and public change. This interactive workshop takes you through the steps and provides a structure for a first-person account written by you. This can be for your own personal healing journey or form the basis for publication when you feel ready. There will be an opportunity to share a sample of your writing within a safe, supportive group and discuss the benefits and pitfalls of making your story public, writing under a pseudonym, or writing for yourself. Please note this workshop is not suitable for those currently experiencing severe mental health difficulties. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00

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