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.

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.

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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Lunchtime lecture: Winter Sun: Nancy Holt's land art
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Join us for an introduction to the work of Nancy Holt, one of the foundational figures of the land art movement.



    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 £8.00 Concession £7.00
  2. Art history taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Curious about art history? Join us for this taster session where we explore different ways into visual art and its histories, from the ancient to the contemporary.



    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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  3. Friday lates: designs of India at the V&A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Anita Chowdry
    Explore the treasures of the V&A Nehru Gallery and its painting and the decorative arts from India between the 16th and 19th centuries.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  4. Creative writing for social media
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Homan Yousofi
    In this new course we will scroll through short-form creative writing approaches, and bring together words, images, found sounds, mixed-media, cut-up and other techniques to publish writing on social media. This course is open to both new and experienced writers.



    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:
    90% of 100
  5. Faith and the female image
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Marilyn Greene
    Explore the V&A’s collections and see how Biblical figures, the Virgin Mary, female saints and Hindu and Buddhist deities have been depicted in various periods and cultures and learn about their importance and symbolism.



    NB: This course will take place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  6. Lunchtime lecture: rethinking Mary Cassatt
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Join us for an exploration of the art of Mary Cassatt: feminist, independent, painter of women in the world.



    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 £8.00 Concession £7.00
  7. Micro-memoir: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Garton
    A life is measured in moments as well as momentous occasions. This fun workshop coaches students in the art of micro-memoir. Can you write about an instant that changed you in 200 words or less?



    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:
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  8. Friday lates: Paula Rego – fairy tales and forbidden things
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    Discover the work of one of Britain’s best loved artists, whose paintings of vivid interior and private drama draw on her early years growing up in Portugal under the repressive Catholic dictatorship of General Salazar.



    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
  9. Friday lates: poster art: print, pop and propaganda
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Christopher Collier
    Get a snapshot of the eye-catching and colourful world of poster art, from Belle Époque decadence to Avant-Garde dynamism; from Art Nouveau to Atelier Populaire, and the everyday glamour of Pop.



    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
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  10. Literature taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Patricia Sweeney
    Exploring poetry and fiction, come and join this online taster session to find out what makes a literature class at City Lit so special.







    The course includes an overview of our literature courses for next term (April-July 2023).



    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:
    90% of 100
  11. Film Studies Taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    This taster of forthcoming film courses at City Lit in 2023 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 £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  12. Memoir writing: a taster
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Garton
    Do you have a personal story to tell that will move, delight, stir and inform readers? This short course guides students in planning and crafting a memoir.



    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. London's smaller galleries: Leighton House
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    A Palace of Art built for the Olympian Giant of the Victorian art world but also a place to live and work. This short course provides a fascinating exploration of Leighton’s world.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  14. Creative non-fiction: a taster
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julie Garton
    Have you had experiences that will move, delight or entertain readers? This taster session in creative-non fiction explores approaches to capturing your most poignant moments and crafting them into inspiring pieces of literature.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  15. Children's writing: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

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