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. Film, television and transformation
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Can watching film and television change us? Drawing on both personal experience and a range of theoretical ideas, Paul Sutton will explore the potentially transformatory effects of our everyday viewing habits both at home and in the cinema. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  2. A change of perspective: Aristotle on negative and positive aspects of shame
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Shame usually gets bad press. In this workshop students will become familiar with Aristotle’s theory of shame and explore how it changes the negativity bias towards shame. We will show how Aristotle’s theory can be applied to analysing shame in social media culture and how it allows for a change in perspective towards social media shame. This workshop will run in a seminar format. The tutor will give an initial presentations followed by Q&A and open discussion. Power-point presentations and other materials will be available for personal study. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  3. Late Lines: an evening of spoken word with City Lit writers
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Join us for a special online edition of City Lit’s Late Lines – an evening of spoken word in celebration of the Mental Wealth Festival.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  4. Writing your mental health story
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    From journaling to blogging, personal essays to memoir books, writing your mental story can be a powerful tool for personal and public change. This interactive workshop takes you through the steps and provides a structure for a first-person account written by you. This can be for your own personal healing journey or form the basis for publication when you feel ready. There will be an opportunity to share a sample of your writing within a safe, supportive group and discuss the benefits and pitfalls of making your story public, writing under a pseudonym, or writing for yourself. Please note this workshop is not suitable for those currently experiencing severe mental health difficulties. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00

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