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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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. Focus on: Lucian Freud - paint as flesh
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Lucian Freud was a key figure in British Art for nearly seventy years. Uncompromising, ferociously unsentimental with a “cruel” gaze – a realist or painter of the truth? Explore Freud’s fascinating career through his paintings, etchings and drawings.



    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 £55.00 Concession £45.00
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  2. Friday lates: land art, an introduction
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 2 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Francesca Curtis
    Learn how and why early environmentalist artists sculpted with lightening, sun and earth. Join us for an introduction to land art.



    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 £12.00
  3. Craft focus: voice in fiction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Tasha Kavanagh
    All fiction must have a 'voice,' a complex mix of elements that, together, give the piece its unique identity. Learn what 'voice' really means in fiction and how to develop a voice for your story that can capture the attention of readers.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
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    93% of 100
  4. Emily Dickinson – ‘Open me carefully’
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Laurie Smith
    We explore how the myth of Emily Dickinson’s solitary life was shaped by others. The course explores the reality behind the myth through letters and poems written to and shared with her great friend and confidante, Susan Gilbert, over many years. We also look at how and why her first editor, Mabel Loomis Todd, set about excluding Susan from the record, establishing Emily as a recluse, writing for herself alone.



    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
  5. Film Studies Taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Paul Sutton
    Learn how to evaluate and discuss films while enjoying a working example of a City Lit film studies class.



    We will view clips from a wide variety of films, exploring themes and technique in British cinema and modern American cinema. There will be a chance to review term one film courses at City Lit (September - December 2022).
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  6. Autobiography into fiction: a taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Oct 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Nick Barlay
    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction in this fun short course for fiction-writing beginners and experienced writers. Develop your writing skills and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into strong narratives.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
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  7. Writing great child characters
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie McKenzie
    Write your way to compelling and convincing child characters that truly connect with your readers, in this fun, interactive course.



    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 £35.00
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  8. Londinium (Roman London 47-457 CE)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jill Hummerstone
    A look through archaeology at the spectacular rise and fall of Londinium from c. AD 47 to its abandonment in c. AD 457. Includes a classroom session which is followed by a guided walk to some of the best Roman sites and landscape within the centre of Londinium.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  9. Craft focus: how to edit your story (fiction and non-fiction)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 4 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lucy Popescu
    Editing is an essential skill for any writer. Learn the different types of editing processes and how to polish your own prose in this useful workshop for writers. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  10. Write a short story in a week
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Yvonne Singh
    Turn your great idea into a short story on this fun practical course. Through a series of inspiring exercises, you'll be introduced to some key fiction writing techniques and encouraged to draft a short story from beginning to end. Suitable for beginners who are comfortable learning at a fast pace.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £40.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  11. Playwriting: a taster
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Brian Mullin
    Give playwriting a try in this fun and supportive one-off taster session. Ideal if you want to unlock your imagination and express yourself, but need a bit of encouragement to get started.



    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
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  12. Picture book writing: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Dec 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrew Weale
    Find out more about writing a picture book text in this practical and interactive, short taster session.



    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
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  13. Children's writing: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 6 Dec 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrew Weale
    Find out more about writing children's stories in this practical and interactive, short taster session.



    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
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  14. Creative writing: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Dec 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Claire Collison
    Give creative writing a try in this fun and supportive one-off taster session. Ideal if you want to unlock your imagination and express yourself, but need a bit of encouragement to get started.



    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:
    60% of 100
  15. Screenwriting: a taster
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alan Nixon
    Give screenwriting a try in this fun and supportive one-off taster session. Ideal if you want to unlock your imagination and express yourself, but need a bit of encouragement to get started.



    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:
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