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. Refugees in modern and contemporary European history
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    According to numerous political parties, social media influencers and media outlets across Europe, ‘we’ are currently being ‘flooded’ by especially Muslim refugees and immigrants who either want to exploit ‘our’ welfare policies or pose terrorist threats. This course uses this backdrop to explore the theme of refugees in modern history from the middle of the 19th century onwards.

    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 £79.00 Concession £35.00
  2. Philosophy and the meaning of life
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Some philosophers have insisted that philosophy should explain the meaning of our existence. What does it mean for us to be? And how then should we live? This course examines some seriously philosophical answers.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £140.00
  3. Craft focus: writing a strong story opening
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    To get your reader’s attention, a great opening is essential. But do you pique their interest with a quirky phrase? Explode your story into action? Or build slow-burning intrigue? Find the perfect start for your story with this fun, interactive course. Suitable for those interested in writing short fiction and novels.

    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
  4. Grammar for ancient languages: an introduction
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Suitable for complete beginners of ancient languages. Become familiar with the key grammar terminology and concepts that will enhance your learning. Highly recommended if you are starting to learn an ancient or classical language.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
  5. Isis, Mithras and Christ: iconography and mythology
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    An introduction to the essential belief structures, iconography, and mythology of three widespread ancient religions of the Roman world: Isis, the mystery cult devoted to Mithras and Christ.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  6. American “Losers”: The people who didn’t win a US Presidential election
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    From Thomas Dewey to Donald Trump we chart the men, and one woman, who lost a post-war presidential election. What brought them so close to being the most powerful person on earth, and what stopped them? Some were already Presidents and failed in re-election: some were heirs apparent who unexpectedly fell at the last hurdle; and others were long shots. What can we learn about them and the United States in the last seventy-five years?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £22.00
  7. A taste of poetry
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    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 two evenings 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
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  8. Writing fiction
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Lovers of fiction can develop their creative writing skills on this practical intermediate course. You'll explore the fundamentals of fiction writing craft such as character and structure, and unlock your imagination to produce compelling prose. Suitable for those with some creative writing experience.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £80.00
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    86% of 100
  9. Writing about food
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Love food and want to write about it? Whether you’re keen to review dishes, interview chefs or write about sustainable eating, now is your chance. This course will cover writing for established publications, websites and, of course, blogs.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £72.00
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  10. Developing your screenwriting
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Continue your screenwriting journey in this practical intermediate 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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £80.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  11. Ways into playwriting
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage in this introductory course. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £80.00
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    85% of 100
  12. Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This intensive poetry masterclass is open by selective application to a maximum of ten students. You will receive inspiring tutor instruction and rigorous constructive feedback on your poems as you prepare them for publication and performance. Includes an invitation to perform at our termly spoken word event, Late Lines. This course is now closed for applications.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £339.00 Concession £339.00
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  13. Unreal city: the history of London through literature from 1800 to today
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Fiction writers are often the first to identify and analyse a social phenomenon. We will examine two centuries of London history through the eyes of novelists and poets, from William Blake to Zadie Smith.

    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 £39.00
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  14. The 'superfluous man' in 19th century literature
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This class explores the subject of the superfluous man in nineteenth-century literature. From disaffected dropouts to dissolute dandies, we investigate the origins of the subject in the Romantic movement, its flourishing in masterpieces of nineteenth-century Russian literature, and variations on its character and ideas in European and American literature up to the turn of the twentieth century.

    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
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  15. Writing non-fiction for children: an introduction
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn how to write children’s non-fiction on this exciting and interactive course encompassing classic fact book, biography and narrative. You will also get an opportunity to practise and get some feedback on your writing.

    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

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