History, culture & writing

Explore 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 Creative non-fiction writing courses and American history and Politics courses.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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. How to write a novel
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jul 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Thomas McMullan
    This course deals with all aspects of novel writing technique and prose style. Ideal for fiction writers about to begin a novel or those with a novel at early draft stage.



    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 £35.00
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  2. Writing the city
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Jul 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
    Through a combination of close observation and texts both old and new, you'll explore the depiction of inner city life in fiction, and write your own fiction inspired by the urban landscape in this short course. Course will be held off-site; some local points will be visited. Students will meet the tutor at the band stand in Lincoln's Inn Fields.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
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  3. A taste of creative writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Jul 2023 (and 11 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Sophie McKenzie
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive short course. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  4. Ways into screenwriting: a taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 9 Jul 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Alan Nixon
    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on this online taster course that will help you shape your ideas and get your story going. (Course has 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 £35.00
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  5. A taste of philosophy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jul 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  John Goff
    Have you ever wondered what philosophy is? What do philosophers talk about? Can they tell you the meaning of life or is it just jargon and navel gazing? Come along and find out.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  6. Ways into creative writing: an introduction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Jul 2023 (and 11 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Claire Collison
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive atmosphere? Join this introductory course. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £65.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  7. Ways into poetry: an introduction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Jul 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Sarah Westcott
    Are you just starting to write poetry? This inspiring short course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £55.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  8. Writing and rewriting fairytales
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jul 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mary Victoria
    Once upon a time there was a City Lit workshop all about writing fairytales. The 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 £35.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  9. Picture book writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jul 2023 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Andrew Weale
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories; a starter course to develop both your ideas and your technique.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  10. Autobiography into fiction: a taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jul 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Vicky Grut
    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction in this fun short course for fiction writing beginners and experienced writers. Develop your writing skills and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into strong narratives. This course has a 2-hr break (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 £35.00
    Rating:
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  11. Advanced academic writing: year 3 undergraduate and beyond
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jul 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne Wilson
    Explore the building blocks and strategies for good academic writing at postgraduate level. Ideal for those studying or contemplating academic writing beyond undergraduate studies.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
  12. Writing for children: a taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jul 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Neil Arksey
    Develop your ideas for children's stories in this practical and interactive short course. Topics will include plot, characterisation and viewpoint, and how to approach the children's publishing industry today.



    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 £35.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  13. Creative non-fiction: an introduction
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Jul 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Claire Collison
    This short introductory course explores the core elements of creative non-fiction across genres such as travel writing, the personal essay and life writing.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £65.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  14. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jul 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Jennifer Wong
    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.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £40.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  15. Writing for blogs: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jul 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Terry Freedman
    Got a passion, a journey or an obsession to share? Blogging is the perfect medium through which to share your interests with the world. This workshop teaches the essential skills required to write blogposts that will resonate.



    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 £35.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100

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