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 setting of the sun': Britain and de-colonisation, 1945-1970

    Course Date: Tue 9 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course explores how and why during these years Britain ceased to have an empire on which the sun never set. It considers international and domestic pressures/events alongside the territories’ independence movements and British responses.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  2. Ancient world civilisations

    Course Date: Wed 24 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course looks at major ancient civilisations around the world. Offering a fresh perspective on the emergence of states, chiefdoms and empires, the ten lessons will examine relationships and influences between settled and nomadic peoples.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  3. Greek literature: a survey course

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take the first steps in learning about Greek literature.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Five modern poets

    Five modern poets

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the work of five giants of modern poetry – from Hardys’ moving reflections on love and loss, through Eliot’s revolutionary modernism, the poems of Larkin and Heaney to Carol Ann Duffy’s wry reflections on modern life.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  5. Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This intensive fiction workshop is open by selective application to a maximum of ten fiction writers working at the advanced and professional levels. You will receive rigorous constructive feedback on your novel or short story as you develop it with a view to publication, and participate in detailed tutor-led discussions on advanced elements of fictional craft. Please note: the deadline for applications is Monday 8th April 2019..
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £289.00
    Concession: £289.00

  6. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  7. Ways into playwriting

    Ways into playwriting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  8. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your screenwriting journey on this intermediate course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills as you work on your own project. New students with some writing experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  9. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Learn to write for the screen on this practical, introductory 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.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  10. Creative non-fiction

    Creative non-fiction

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  11. Writing skills for creative writers

    Writing skills for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Great poetry and prose begin when the writer puts the right words in the right places. Learn how and why the rules and conventions of language matter in this course, which combines creative writing with opportunities to learn/revise essential points of grammar and useful literary concepts. Suitable for beginning writers looking to build confidence, and those with more experience who would like to practise these essential skills.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  12. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your writing with confidence on this course, as we explore character, structure and plot development on the journey to producing quality fiction.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  13. Philosophy and the meaning of life

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £83.00

  14. Understanding the modern world

    Understanding the modern world

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ideas of four key thinkers whose ideas have vitally shaped our world. Examine their views on morality, meaning, the role and status of women, human nature, political and economic injustice and much more.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  15. Existentialism and the arts

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Existentialist themes of anxiety, anguish, dread, freedom, melancholy, loneliness, death and absurdity pervade the arts from the era of Romanticism onwards. What is the cultural significance and consequence of giving expression to such concerns?

    NB: no classes on 6th and 27th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

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