History, Culture & Writing Courses in London

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 studies, creative 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.

Want to speak to a member of the Humanities Team to find out more about our courses? Call us on 020 7492 2652 or email us on humanities@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. The complete Samuel Beckett

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A comprehensive tour of Beckett’s astonishing output in all genres across seven decades and an assessment of his significance today, with close attention to key works including “Murphy”, “Molloy”, “Godot”, “Happy Days” and “Nohow On”.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  2. St Petersburg, Sibelius and musical nationalism

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and explore the musically fruitful relationship between Russia and Finland, using the music of Sibelius as our guide. No previous musical knowledge necessary. NOTE: break week, no class session on Friday, 22nd February. Tutor: Karen Betley.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  3. The 60 minute writer

    The 60 minute writer

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life

    Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This inspiring, six week 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.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. British literature: 1900-1950

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss novels, poems and short stories by significant authors including E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, W. H. Auden and Elizabeth Bowen, discovering how they responded to and illuminated the social, political and psychological upheavals of this crucial period of British history.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  6. Archaeology of London

    Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the archaeology and history of London through its cultural monuments, topography and material remains to more fully appreciate the rich archaeological evidence of the capital.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  7. Introductory anthropology: language, culture, communication

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the different ways in which humans communicate socially via culture. The course's thematic approach covers topics such as language, art, and social relations.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £74.00

  8. Introduction to classical civilization: the rise of Rome

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The history of Rome from its mythological beginnings to the fall of the Republic. Includes visit to the British museum.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  9. Taking the papyri

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Delving into ancient papyri, you'll discover aspects of the social history of Egypt under Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  10. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  11. Introduction to journalism

    Introduction to journalism

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How do you become a freelance journalist? Discover the basic skills a journalist needs to write and sell news and features to newspapers, magazines and online. From developing ideas and identifying outlets to interview skills and approaching editors. Led by well-established journalist and coach Susan Grossman. Suitable for those looking to refresh their skills and bloggers.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. American political institutions

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This four-week interactive lecture-based course examines the US political system from its inception to today – reviewnig its structure and constituent parts. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  13. Milton: Paradise Lost – ‘Our inner freedom’

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Paradise Lost excites fascination and controversy, confronting the existence of evil in a divinely ordained world. We shall consider a representative selection of crucial passages to illuminate the practical contemporary significance of this cosmic work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. Creation myths in the ancient near East

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and explore with us the idea of ‘myth’. We will look at creation myths in Ugarit, in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, ancient Greece and in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  15. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through a series of inspiring and practical exercises, you'll be encouraged to tap into your imagination and draft a story from beginning to end in two days.

    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

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