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.

Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place now.

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  1. Creative non-fiction: a taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Mar 2023 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Julie Garton
    Have you had experiences that will move, delight or entertain readers? This taster session in creative-non fiction explores approaches to capturing your most poignant moments and crafting them into inspiring pieces of literature.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  2. Art history taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Mar 2023 (and 15 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Curious about art history? Join us for this taster session where we explore different ways into visual art and its histories, from the ancient to the contemporary.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  3. Film Studies Taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Mar 2023 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  John Wischmeyer
    This taster of forthcoming film courses at City Lit in 2023 offers you the chance to think about which ones to take while also providing an opportunity to explore some of the key areas in film studies more generally.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  4. Literature taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Mar 2023 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Patricia Sweeney
    Exploring poetry and fiction, come and join this online taster session to find out what makes a literature class at City Lit so special.







    The course includes an overview of our literature courses for next term (April-July 2023).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  5. A taste of creative writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Mar 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 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. (Course includes a 1-hr break.).
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  6. A taste of poetry
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Mar 2023 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Julie Irigaray
    This short, fun taster course is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  7. London churches
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Richard Plant
    London has many fascinating churches to explore. See them on a series of guided visits and discover beautiful stained glass, surprising interiors and architecturally important structures by notable architects.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  8. Writing and rewriting fairytales
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 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 4 Mar 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. Write a short story in a weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Mar 2023 (and 6 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Vicky Grut
    Turn your great idea into a short story on this fun practical course. You'll be introduced to some key fiction writing techniques and encouraged to draft a short story from beginning to end. Suitable for beginners who are comfortable learning at a fast pace. Includes a 2-hour break (12:30-14:30) each day.



    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 £50.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  11. Self-publishing: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Mar 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Helen Cox
    Want to keep full creative control of your writing project? Learn more about self-publishing and how to give your book (poetry, fiction or non-fiction) the best chance of achieving high sales.



    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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  12. Ways into poetry: a gentle pace
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Mar 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Eleanor Penny
    Are you brand new to writing poetry? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive environment alongside other beginners in the craft? This gentle short course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a poet.



    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 £89.00 Concession £45.00
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  13. Micro-memoir: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Mar 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Garton
    A life is measured in moments as well as momentous occasions. This fun workshop coaches students in the art of micro-memoir. Can you write about an instant that changed you in 200 words or less?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
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  14. Journaling: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Garton
    This inspiring workshop, led by an experienced journaler, encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to find an approach to life writing that suits them.



    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
  15. Memoir writing: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Garton
    Do you have a personal story to tell that will move, delight, stir and inform readers? This short course guides students in planning and crafting a memoir.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100

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