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.

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  1. Ways into poetry: an introduction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Jul 2023 (and 4 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
  2. Writing and rewriting fairytales
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022 (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
  3. Picture book writing
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Oct 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (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, develop their ideas and technique.



    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 £65.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  4. 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
  5. 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
  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:  Natasha Bell
    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. 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
  8. How to write a novel
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jul 2023 (and 2 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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  9. Writing for blogs: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 18 Nov 2022 (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 taster course 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
  10. How to get published
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jul 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Neil Arksey
    So you've finished your novel. What's next? This short course provides guidance in submitting to agents and publishers, and helps you to tailor your work to maximise its potential in the marketplace.



    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 £65.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  11. Autobiographical writing: an introduction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jul 2023 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Julie Garton
    Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, learn how to get started and what's involved in autobiographical writing. Explore various resources from diaries to dreams, memories and fantasy.



    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 £65.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  12. Travel writing workshop
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Jul 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Susan Grossman
    Make travelling pay. Learn how to get a commission, finance a trip and put your adventures into words, led by practical exercises and expert industry guidance.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £65.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  13. The Socratic philosophers: Aristotle
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Goff
    Aristotle developed a naturalistic understanding of the human condition which informed his political and ethical thinking. His philosophy remains highly relevant to contemporary debates about what is the best way to live.



    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
  14. Philosophy of music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Rich Cochrane
    What is music? Does it consist of sounds, scores or something else? Is it a language? Can it express emotions? Or be objectively beautiful? Why do we value it? Can we always differentiate between music and other sounds?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £55.00
  15. Interviewing skills for journalists
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Susan Grossman
    Want to get people to spill the beans? This fascinating taster explores the core elements of interviewing and getting quotes to enhance your writing or storytelling.



    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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