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. Writing and rewriting fairytales
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 8 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Once upon a time there was a City Lit workshop led by a romance author who loved fairytales. Her quest: to inspire writers to pen stories of love, fear, forests, revenge, dragons, witches, kings, queens, frogs and magic.

    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 £28.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  2. Japanese history and culture in the novels of Kazuo Ishiguro
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Kazuo Ishiguro expressed a unique, personal vision of Japan in his early novels. Discover how this relates to the ‘real’ Japanese history and culture of the mid-twentieth century, and also to the Nobel Prize-winning author’s perennial themes of memory, emotion and personal responsibility.

    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 £36.00
  3. How to impress a publisher
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Publishing insider Lisa Goll offers expert advice on how to impress a publisher, work with agents and become a star author.

    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 £28.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  4. Approaching an agent
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This workshop, designed for authors who have finished their manuscript, offers practical advice on finding and approaching a literary agent.

    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 £28.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  5. Don Quixote for the 21st Century: the first road novel
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 22 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover why Don Quixote is considered to be the first modern novel. We explore Cervantes’ work from a wide variety of perspectives, bringing it back to life 400 years later. Readers embark on an unforgettable voyage from the first line: 'Somewhere in La Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago...'.

    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 £36.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  6. An introduction to the horror film
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 22 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course introduces you to the genre's key themes, its major developments, and a range of critical perspectives on horror cinema. In doing so, we will view and discuss a variety of films and consider their various production contexts, including the Universal cycle of films in the 1930s, Hammer films of the 1950s/60s, American horror cinema since 1970, and recent East Asian horror cinema.

    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 £36.00
  7. African history reading group
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 26 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    African history remains a marginalised topic, both within the historical research landscapes and most educational systems across the world. This reflects how history emerged as a scholarly endeavour in the context of European and American imperialism and nationalism. In this course, read and discuss African history to counter this and do our own work.

    Course dates are 26/05, 23/06 and 21/07.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £22.00
  8. ‘Full steam ahead’: Britain’s railways in the Second World War
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 29 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course explores Britain’s railways’ national role from Evacuation through to Dunkirk, D-Day and beyond. Other aspects include the railways’ recruitment/deployment of women, response to invasion fears, the passenger experience, the Blackout and the Blitz.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £20.00
  9. Film Noir and the dark side of Hollywood
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 30 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Film noir describes the darker tone and visual style of 1940s/50s’ American films, from The Maltese Falcon to Kiss Me Deadly. Emigre directors, thrilled by Raymond Chandler’s pulp poetry, painted an expressionist realism onto the screen in an outburst of artistic maturity, style and meaning. Pulp fiction’s existentialism exposed Hollywood confections and the dark side of the American dream. Indeed, The Bad and the Beautiful led to The Long Goodbye.

    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 £36.00
  10. Magic in the ancient world
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    How do you define magic and divination? Why has the Western world traditionally viewed magic as opposed to religion and science? These and other issues will be discussed in this thought-provoking course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  11. Creating your author platform online
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Increasingly publishers are looking for an author with an impressive online presence, as well as a sparkling manuscript. In this workshop, you'll learn how to start and grow your author brand, gain a following and build a readership for your future titles.

    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 £28.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  12. Travel writing: a taster
    Course Date:  Thu 3 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    You love travelling and taking photos but how do you decide what to write about and which pictures will sell? This course will help you focus, and give you the skills you need to approach editors with confidence.

    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 £28.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  13. Philosophy for life: happiness, laughter and home
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 3 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course is about trying to interrogate one’s own beliefs and attitudes, especially the attitudes that most shape our life.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £30.00
  14. A taste of poetry
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 3 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short, fun day workshop is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for a day of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.

    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 £28.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  15. Creation, creature, creativity
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore how poetic representations of the creation and the principle of creativity have evolved over 3000 years. Trace these themes from scriptural texts, through Shakespeare, Milton, Romanticism and up to the present day.

    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 £36.00

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