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. 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. Walking with Theophrastos
    Course Date:  Thu 13 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the story of Theophrastus, philosopher and scientist in Athens.

    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 £71.00 Concession £54.00
  3. Japanese history and culture in the novels of Kazuo Ishiguro
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Kazuo Ishiguro expressed a unique, personal vision of Japan in his early novels. Discover how this relates to the ‘real’ Japanese history and culture of the mid-twentieth century, and also to the Nobel Prize-winning author’s perennial themes of memory, emotion and personal responsibility.

    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
  4. How to impress a publisher
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Publishing insider Lisa Goll offers expert advice on how to impress a publisher, work with agents and become a star author.

    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
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  5. Approaching an agent
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This workshop, designed for authors who have finished their manuscript, offers practical advice on finding and approaching 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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  6. Don Quixote for the 21st Century: the first road novel
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 22 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover why Don Quixote is considered to be the first modern novel. We explore Cervantes’ work from a wide variety of perspectives, bringing it back to life 400 years later. Readers embark on an unforgettable voyage from the first line: 'Somewhere in La Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago...'.

    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
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  7. In my end is my beginning: the meaning & potential of growing old
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 22 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This innovatory course will present a wide range of poetic explorations of the experience and significance of growing old and the approach of death. While acknowledging the inevitable difficulties and challenges of the last phase of life, the emphasis will be on illuminating the scope and potential of old age while reflecting on the interdependence of life and death.

    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
  8. An introduction to the horror film
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 22 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course introduces you to the genre's key themes, its major developments, and a range of critical perspectives on horror cinema. In doing so, we will view and discuss a variety of films and consider their various production contexts, including the Universal cycle of films in the 1930s, Hammer films of the 1950s/60s, American horror cinema since 1970, and recent East Asian horror cinema.

    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
  9. Craft focus: grammar, syntax and style for creative writers - a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 29 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Great poetry and prose begin when the writer puts the right words in the right places. Learn how and why the rules and conventions of language matter in this new 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 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
  10. The art of writing the personal essay
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 30 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Follow in the footsteps of Dorothy Parker, George Orwell and Zadie Smith with this taster course on the personal essay, a continuously thriving genre of autobiographical 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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  11. Magic in the ancient world
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    How do you define magic and divination? Why has the Western world traditionally viewed magic as opposed to religion and science? These and other issues will be discussed in this thought-provoking course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  12. Creating your author platform online
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 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
  13. Travel writing: a taster
    Course Date:  Thu 3 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    You love travelling and taking photos but how do you decide what to write about and which pictures will sell? This course will help you focus, and give you the skills you need to approach editors with confidence.

    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:
    95% of 100
  14. A taste of poetry
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 3 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short, fun day workshop is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for a day of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.

    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:
    85% of 100
  15. Creation, creature, creativity
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore how poetic representations of the creation and the principle of creativity have evolved over 3000 years. Trace these themes from scriptural texts, through Shakespeare, Milton, Romanticism and up to the present day.

    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

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