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 poetry: experiments in chance and choice
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 31 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore interesting, off-beat and diverse approaches to generating verse on this one-day course. Try out cut-ups, found lines, experiments in meter and rhyme, and much more.



    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
  2. Craft focus: grammar, syntax and style for creative writers - a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 31 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how and why the rules and conventions of language matter in this new taster course, which combines creative writing with opportunities to learn/revise essential points of grammar and useful literary concepts. Suitable for beginning writers looking to build confidence, and those with more experience who would like to practise these essential skills. This course will have a 2-hr break from 12:30-14:30.



    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
  3. Creating your author platform online
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 31 Jul 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
  4. Writing journeys – in collaboration with the British Museum
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 31 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In partnership with the British Museum’s exhibition on "Thomas Becket: the murder and making of a saint", we’ll be exploring the concepts of journeys, travel and pilgrimages. Through a combination of close readings and creative exercises, you’ll be invited to consider your own physical, spiritual and creative journeys as inspiration for your writing.



    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
  5. Writing and rewriting fairytales
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 24 Jul 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
  6. Craft focus: character in fiction
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    In fiction, character and plot are inseparable elements of craft. Without characters in stories there can be no action, and without characters acting there can be no plot. In this course you'll learn how to create characters that can drive a narrative forward and deepen its themes.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  7. The European city in contemporary literature
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Reading our way through Paris, Madrid and Berlin, in this course we’ll be taking in some of the standout works of urban literature to have been written since 2000: texts that tell us about places, identities and contemporary life, and which prompt us to question how we think about, inhabit and visit cities.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
  8. Philosophy for the guilty
    Course Date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What can philosophy offer us once we have transgressed, fallen or sinned? You could say that philosophy only truly comes alive to us once we have betrayed our own values. Only then are we ready for philosophy's interrogation.

    This course may include content that some learners may find of a sensitive or challenging nature.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
  9. Victorian fiction 1840 -1880: the rise of Realism
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course will consider the Victorian novel over a period of 40 years from the perspective of realism and its importance in the development of the novel’s form, style and significance.



    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. Disney: film theory and high art
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Walt Disney Animation is not just entertainment for children. Film theorist Sergei Eisenstein was very interested in what animation could do to film’s form and meaning. Equally, Salvador Dali worked with Walt Disney on a surrealist film. This course will explore the many artistic influences on the Walt Disney Company in the 20th century.

    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
  11. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this fun but informative day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.



    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
  12. How to get an agent
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This intensive workshop offers students insider, need-to-know information on securing 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
  13. 'The Sanction of Eternal Truth': exploring the poetry of Keats's Eighteenth-Century Forebears
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Too often it is assumed that the Romantic poets engineered a complete break with their eighteenth-century predecessors. By exploring the work of five of Keats’s gifted forebears, this course will allow us to engage in a fundamental and detailed reconsideration of that assumption.

    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
  14. Buddhist philosophy in a nutshell
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 15 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    As an ‘atheistic’ religion, Buddhism offers a way beyond the natural unsatisfactoriness of human life not by abandoning living in this world but rather by giving it a new ‘enlightened’ meaning.

    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 £42.00
  15. Craft focus: voice in fiction
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100

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