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 weirdly wonderful worlds of Lucian of Samosata

    Course Date: Wed 5 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the dialogues written by Lucian of Samosata, a Latin writer who lived in the mid-2nd century. Through the reading of some extracts, you will discover his humour and originality.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. Writing funny fiction

    Writing funny fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 6 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Humour is an incredible vehicle for connection, promoting empathy and raising questions that may otherwise be hard to handle. Writers as diverse as Saki, PG Wodehouse, Shakespeare, and Lorrie Moore understand this. But what does it really mean to write funny fiction and what are the techniques writers use? Learn how to harness the power of humour in your fiction in this fun, supportive workshop.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  3. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. 'In pursuit of peace': women and the peace movement in Britain, from the Crimean War to Greenham Common

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Women, both as individuals and through organisations, have played a major role in the modern British Peace Movement. Starting mid 19th century, the course explores pacifism, responses to imperial/world wars and opposition to nuclear arms.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  5. Writing a rom com

    Writing a rom com

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Romantic comedies have been warming the hearts of cinema-goers for years. In this fun one-day course you'll learn the conventions of the genre and how to write a script that combines love and laughter to great effect. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Pacifism: the moral and philosophical dilemmas in the twenty-first century

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Few people enjoy living with violence in society, but not many of us are prepared to identify as pacifists. What dilemmas do we face, when trying to adopt more peaceful practices?
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  7. Exploring film studies

    Exploring film studies

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your critical understanding of cinema through a range of concepts in the study of film, including narrative, genre, spectatorship, authorship, popular cinema, art cinema and film history. We will also be exploring the canon of key films and directors while assessing the terms in which they have been understood.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Writing haiku poetry

    Writing haiku poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write haikus that resonate, move and entertain on this fun day workshop.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Copywriting: a taster

    Copywriting: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Good copywriting skills are increasingly important, whether you want to write your own website or your company’s sales literature, or hope to work in advertising or marketing. We'll cover the core elements of copywriting using examples and practical exercises.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. The changing British voter: Taking back control?

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 10 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The outcome of the General Election of 2019 was unimaginable even a few months previously, with the Conservatives taking seats that were solidly Labour since their creation in the early twentieth century. What explains this change? Will it last? What does it mean for the other parties? We shall explore the changing way Britain has voted over the last seventy years and sketch how not just the British voter, but British society, has changed in a few generations.



    We shall explore the changing way Britain has voted over the last seventy years and sketch how not just the British voter, but British society, has changed in a few generations.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Daoism in a nutshell

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 10 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    “One who possess virtue in abundance is comparable to a new-born babe …” Laozi, ‘Dao De Jing: 55’.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Contemporary international fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 11 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What does the contemporary mean and how can we represent it in fiction? In this course, we seek to broaden our notions of the immediate moment through studying the work of several international authors publishing astonishing fiction. Authors include Elena Ferrante, Sayaka Murata and Han Kang.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. Ancient American civilisations: the North

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 12 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Explore the little known history of pre-Columbian civilizations North of Mexico and their links to Aztec and other Mexican cultures.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Crusade and Reconquest in Medieval Spain

    Course Date: Thu 13 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through interactive lectures and discussions Investigate the ideologies, events and motivations as Christian kingdoms conquered the territories of Muslim Al-Andalus, culminating in the fall of Granada in 1492 and the end of Islamic Spain. Tutor: Michael Schraer.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  15. Troy: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 14 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity to find out more about Troy, its history and the people associated with it. This four-session course will be held at City Lit and will complement the exhibition currently open at British Museum "Troy: Myth and Reality". There will be no class on 21 February.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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