History, culture & writing

History, Culture & Writing

We offer an extraordinary range of courses during the day, in the evening and at weekends, from the most popular subjects to the completely unique, including film studiescreative and non-fiction writing courses and American history courses. Many of our tutors are nationally recognised in their fields, including published authors, and practising professionals in the media. As a learner you can also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as the British Film Institute and close links with The British Museum, the London Transport Museum and many others.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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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. Ways into creative writing: an introduction
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on one of these fun and supportive short courses covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.

    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
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  3. 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
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  4. Ways into screenwriting
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn to write for the screen on this practical, introductory course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.

    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 £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  5. Ways into screenwriting: a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on this short online course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.

    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
  6. Aliens, anxiety and the bomb: 1950s science fiction cinema
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    SF cinema of the 1950s drew on the social, political and technological concerns of the period, producing a rich body of films that reflect these themes through narratives featuring aliens, social and political concerns and the threat posed by the nuclear age. This class explores the ways in which these films accommodate such issues, their production contexts, and a range of critical responses.

    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
  7. Writing and rewriting fairytales
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 May 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
  8. Novels and Letters in the 21st Century
    Course Date: Tue 4 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    When did you last write someone a letter? Few of us write many letters today, but novelists do – contemporary fiction is full of them. So what are letters doing, in stories about our present world and even stories about the future? This course reads a selection of twenty-first-century novels to delve into the uses, intricacies and attractions of fictional letters.

    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. America in the 70s: culture and society
    Course Date: Wed 5 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    An era of economic struggle and cultural change, 1970s America continued to reflect aspects of 60s social upheaval. This online course will explore the political, social and cultural context of 1970s America through a sampling of the literature, history, music, film and art of the period, providing different ways in to understanding the decade.

    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
  10. Starting your novel
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 5 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel.

    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 £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  11. The American West in literature and film
    Course Date: Thu 6 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Saddle Up! This class examines the literary and cinematic history of the American West, delving into its iconic representation in literature and film from the 20th century to the present day. By looking at an exciting range of texts and films, from John Ford to Cormac McCarthy, the class explores the longstanding and ongoing fascination with the culture, politics and art of the American West.

    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
  12. The history of the FBI: 1908 - 1976
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 6 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The course will assess the impact of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the leadership of its first Director, J. Edgar Hoover, on US politics, society and culture from its beginnings in 1908 until 1976.

    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 £189.00 Concession £83.00
  13. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: an introduction for complete beginners
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This four-week course uses British Museum objects related to ancient Egypt to provide a foundation in the writing of hieroglyphs. The class will be held online.

    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 £103.00 Concession £79.00
  14. Craft focus: character in fiction
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    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 short course you'll learn how to create characters that can drive a narrative forward and deepen its themes.

    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
  15. Politics and the press: archaeology between the world wars
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    In this short course we will explore ‘Tutmania’ and other phenomena of popular fascination with the past by looking at archaeology in the press, fashion, cinema and other aspects of popular culture.

    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 £55.00 Concession £35.00

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