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. The 60 minute writer
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Fit creative writing into your busy day: a relaxed, informal rolling programme for writers of all levels of experience who enjoy being thrown new ideas and experimenting with 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £40.00
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  2. Writing for magazines
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
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    98% of 100
  3. Writing a memoir (continuation)
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This continuation course guides students in developing a memoir project that will resonate and inspire.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
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  4. The decline of truth from pragmatism to postmodernism
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do we live in a post-truth world? Should all our beliefs be subject to revision or are there universal truths we can’t doubt? Join us for a retrospective on a century of scepticism and relativism.

    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 £167.00 Concession £127.00
  5. Popular classics from the 20th century
    Course Date:  Wed 28 Apr 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Selecting examples from comedy, science fiction and mystery/crime, this course will look at popular novels that have survived the test of time, and examine the relevance of genre fiction. Among the books we will read are:

    The Darling Buds of May by H.E.Bates, Endless night by Agatha Christie, The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier,

    Far From the Country by Miss Read, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith and The Chrysalids by John Wyndham.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  6. Byron’s Don Juan: 'The grand Napoleon of the realms of rhyme
    Course Date:  Wed 28 Apr 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Don Juan is Byron’s crowning achievement – a picaresque mock epic intended to be ‘a little quietly facetious upon everything’. The poem, however, is more complex and engaging - a vision of life predicated on paradox: witty and melancholy, sarcastic and sentimental, romantic and classical, resigned and defiant. This course will illuminate the many facets of Byron’s unprecedented masterpiece.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  7. Great women poets: Sappho, Dickinson and Tsvetaeva
    Course Date:  Thu 29 Apr 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    We will explore in depth three of the greatest female poets in world literature: Sappho (c.615-c.550 BC), Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) and Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941). Each enjoys a formidable reputation, although in Tsvetaeva’s case not without controversy, at the heart of the social and literary histories to which they belong, but what impact can their extraordinary voices have on us today?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  8. Life in Anglo-Saxon England
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 29 Apr 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An overview of aspects of life in the period 400 –1100 AD.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
  9. Writing for children: workshop
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    For experienced children's writers, this ongoing, small-size workshop offers an opportunity to develop your work-in-progress with constructive feedback from tutor and classmates.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £92.00
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  10. Poetry in the making
    Course Date:  Fri 30 Apr 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This workshop is an opportunity to get support and advice in developing and fine-tuning your work, in a culture where new poems will grow. This course is best suited to more experienced poets.

    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 £219.00 Concession £88.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  11. German Idealism from Kant to Hegel: the beginnings of continental philosophy
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    German philosophers created the most ambitious and imaginative systems of thought of modern times against the backdrop of revolution and war. This creative and speculative beginning to modern continental philosophy is an exciting intellectual adventure.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £103.00
  12. Picture book writing: advanced
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Would you like to workshop, edit and polish your picture book texts for young children? This course is designed for advanced picture book writers wishing to hone and improve their own stories. Explore ideas and learn techniques through peer and tutor workshop activities.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £64.00

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