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 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. In addition please take a look at our new range of one-off workshops and study days run in partnership with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

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. Biography writing: an introduction

    Biography writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 2 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes a great biography? This introductory course, led by a professional biographer, covers the key techniques used in this exciting genre.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  2. Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath: bursting all the doors

    Course Date: Thu 2 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    No two voices could be more dissimilar, yet the impact of both remains unparalleled in American women’s poetry. Explore the full range of Dickinson’s and Plath’s art - passionate, candid, dangerously subversive, controversial and adored.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  3. An introduction to film: from the classical era to contemporary cinema

    Course Date: Fri 3 Nov 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This introductory course explores film from the 1930s to the present day, looking at Hollywood cinema, classical and post-classical film, European cinema, art cinema, popular cinema, key movements and concepts including genre, spectatorship and authorship.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  4. Dubliners: between paralysis and epiphany in 'Two Sisters' and 'The Dead'

    Course Date: Sat 4 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dip into James Joyce in a dynamic one-day course with two selections from Dubliners. We will consider the nature of paralysis and epiphany in ‘Two Sisters’ and ‘The Dead’. Please read these in preparation.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Introduction to poetry

    Course Date: Sat 4 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always wanted to read and discuss poetry? Enjoy this introduction to a range of poetry from the last 400 years and explore how the poets shape our responses.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. The Balfour Declaration

    Course Date: Sat 4 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In November 1917, then Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour wrote a letter expressing the British government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. This course will examine the context and content of the Declaration and the impact it had on Palestine post-WWI. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. The decorated body

    Course Date: Sat 4 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From naked to fully clothed, the human body conveys meanings that are often masked as aesthetics. Explore the various ways in which the body is decorated around the world in our desire to appear beautiful.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Adapting novels for TV, film and radio

    Adapting novels for TV, film and radio

    Course Date: Sun 5 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you go to the cinema today or switch on a TV drama, you're very likely to be watching a script based on a novel. Adaptations are always in demand - so learn the secrets of bringing stories to life.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Masters of cinema: David Lynch

    Course Date: Sun 5 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One of the most influential, crazed, inspiring, unsettling filmmakers working today, Lynch’s 'Mulholland Drive' was rated best film of the noughties. The 'Twin Peaks' revival is the most anticipated TV event of 2017 - nostalgia writes cheques reality cannot cash.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Riots, resistance and social change

    Course Date: Wed 8 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will examine social inequalities and question how and why people have used different forms of protest and social action to bring about change. Tutor: Miranda Iossifidis.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  11. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 8 Nov 2017 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try over six fun sessions covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  12. Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing the modern-day romance

    Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing the modern-day romance

    Course Date: Thu 9 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a single pen can compose an unforgettable romance novel. This six-week course will chaperone students through the plotting of modern romance stories.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  13. The classical world and Shakespeare

    Course Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A quarter of Shakespeare’s major works were based on stories from the Classical World and have influenced our view of the Classical World ever since.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. "They shall not grow old": religion, the war dead and remembrance in Britain, 1914-1939

    Course Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On Remembrance Day itself, we explore the historical origins and cultural/religious context of honouring the dead of the Great War both during the conflict and between 1919-1939 including memorials, the Great Silence and battlefield pilgrimages.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  15. The poetry of Yeats: a life in verse

    Course Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From the lyrical verse of 'The Wanderings of Oisin' (1889) to the modernism of 'Last Poems' (1938), learn of the remarkable journey of one of the 20th century's greatest poets.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

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