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.

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. A trapeze artist: how Kafka came to write as he did

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    How did Kafka come to write some of the most extraordinary fictions ever written? - the man who wakes up as a

    beetle, a judicial torture-machine, an ape’s lecture, a man whose name is reduced to a letter and his endless

    quest for justice. We explore why Kafka wrote such stories.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  2. How to write a short story

    How to write a short story

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 18 Aug 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Through a series of inspiring and practical exercises, you'll be encouraged to tap into your imagination and draft a short story from beginning to end in four days.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  3. An introduction to comparative Indian religions

    Course Date: Tue 18 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The course is an introduction to Indian Religions. Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism all have common aspects, but also some fundamental differences in philosophy.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  4. The Cinéma du Look: French Film in the 1980s

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will focus on a specific decade of French film production – the 1980s. French cinema’s dynamic relationship with Hollywood finds expression in this decade in the so-called cinéma du look, exemplified by directors such as Luc Besson. The course will look at the industrial, cultural and social factors in play during this period and it will explore the work of Besson and others.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  5. The 1990s: Hollywood remakes French Film

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will explore a phenomenon that has a lengthy history in French cinema but which became especially prominent during the 1990s, namely the ‘remake’. It will explore the reasons behind the Hollywood remaking of French cinema and look in some detail at a number of specific and celebrated examples from the 1990s.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  6. US election special: update 8

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 27 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    With America increasingly in turmoil with the virus, the economy and civil disruption in many forms, the election of 2020 is increasingly looking like the most unpredictable and significant since 1968. We will look at the race for President; its mechanics; what is happening; and what is the historical context. We will also be exploring the upcoming congressional elections and the effect it will have on the Senate and House.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  7. History taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What is history? What does history mean to you? Is history important to society? Why or why not? Who gets to decide what and whose history is important? What are the implications of this? There are many reasons and ways to engage with history. With this course, we scratch the surface of the vast universe that is history to give you a taster.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  8. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you ever wondered what philosophy is? What do philosophers talk about? Can they tell you the meaning of life or is it just jargon and navel gazing? Come along and find out.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  9. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to find out how to go about understanding a poem or how to do a close reading of a work of fiction? Come and join us to discover what makes a literature class at City Lit so special.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  10. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This short, fun workshop is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for a day of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  11. Anthropology for beginners: what is anthropology?

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This introductory course gives you the basic tools for an elementary understanding of anthropology. We will identify methods and areas of concern that distinguish it from sociology, history and other disciplines.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £57.00

  12. Ways into advanced political studies

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you have a passion for politics, or have ever been interested in studying politics at a higher level, this course could be right for you. Whatever your political background, interests, or history, this course will give you a space for deeper discussion and understanding. If you're thinking about studying politics for your Foundation, Bachelors or Masters degree, this course offers you an introduction to studying politics at an advanced level.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £176.00

  13. Grammar for ancient languages: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  14. A taste of quantitative statistics

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course offers a taste of the fundamental aspects of research methods and statistics.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £8.00

  15. Lesser known North London walks - a virtual exploration

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Via Zoom and PowerPoint illustrated talks discover the history of a variety of North London’s lesser known neighbourhoods including Highgate, Belsize Park, West Hampstead, Barnet, Stoke Newington, Highbury, Somers Town, Wood Green, Muswell Hill and Finchley.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

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