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 essay - academic writing

    The essay - academic writing

    Course Date: Tue 4 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    A crash course in essay writing – beginnings, middles and ends. Suitable for students on A level and access courses or undergraduates. For full-time students there is a special reduced fee of £27.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00

  2. French fictions: found in translation

    Course Date: Wed 5 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will be looking at a selection of classic French novels in translation, covering a generous span of time from the 1870s to the 1980s. Titles will include Flaubert's Une Vie Simple, Maupassant's Bel-Ami, Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes, and Duras's L'Amant.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 6 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    This introductory short course is the perfect starting point for students who are interested in writing in the creative non-fiction genre. The course will cover both practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. Writing historical fiction

    Writing historical fiction

    Course Date: Thu 6 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Is there a historical event, or maybe even in a period in time that you think is rich in great stories? Ever wondered how writers like Hillary Mantel, Phillipa Gregory and C.J. Sansom do it? Dig into the past for inspiration on this course and learn how to create historical fiction that speaks vividly to its period and to a contemporary readership.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  5. Classics lunchtime talk

    Course Date: Thu 6 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for our new series of talks by leading classicists on a wide variety of topics. This month's topic is: Music and musical instruments in ancient Greece by Filomila Maniati.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £7.00
    Concession: £5.00

  6. Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

    Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

    Course Date: Fri 7 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This four-week workshop is designed for students who have already completed introductory and intermediate creative-non fiction courses and would like to focus on workshopping their writing.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  7. Crime writing: an introduction

    Crime writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills in crime writing and explore the techniques behind character, plot, dialogue, pacing and atmosphere. Benefit from stimulating writing exercises, feedback and encouragement.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Kierkegaard and the possibility of God

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    God forms an almost absent background to Kierkegaard’s philosophy. Does he – or any of us – need God in order to have faith?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. Writing press releases

    Writing press releases

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    News editors are inundated with badly written press releases. How do you get yours noticed? Learn the basics of writing effective press releases for business and the public sector, and get feedback on your own work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Masters of cinema: Jean-Pierre Melville

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Melville was a father figure for French new wave directors and like those filmmakers he developed a personal style that reflected a love of cinema itself. Explore Melville's key works, including six classic gangster films.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Up close and personal with Greek archaeological treasures

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover stunning objects from ancient Greece and the evidence they provide for the lives of ancient people. Spend the afternoon having a close look at the British Museum's collection.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. The priest as poet

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Shakespeare’s time to our own, priest-poets have given particularly forceful and poignant expression to both the rewards and the difficulties of faith. This innovative course will illuminate both their visions and their tribulations.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Craft intensive: novel plotting workshop

    Craft intensive: novel plotting workshop

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An advanced course for those seriously engaged in writing a novel, you will look in greater depth at the mythic theory of plotting. The class atmosphere is supportive, but candid and serious. Please enrol only if you have completed 'Craft focus: novel plotting in depth'.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  14. The “Wyldes” of Hampstead: discovering Hampstead’s northern hillside

    The “Wyldes” of Hampstead: discovering Hampstead’s northern hillside

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the rural north side of Hampstead by walking across the Heath Extension to the hamlet of Northend, learning about its famous residents, its hostelry and the 17th-century Wyldes farmhouse. We return via the enchanting Hill Garden and Golders Hill Park.

    Circular walk starts and ends outside the main entrance to Golders Green and involves walking across parts of the Heath.. Circular walk starts and ends outside the main entrance to Golders Green and involves walking across parts of the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  15. The French nation and Napoleon

    The French nation and Napoleon

    Course Date: Tue 11 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Napoleon had a huge impact on the French state and the French nation and many of his ideas and reforms were also adopted across Europe as a result of the French empire which Napoleon founded. Some of these developments were due to Napoleon himself and others emerged because of the systems he set up and the people he employed. Many of the changes he initiated have had long term effects which can be seen up until the current day. The course will examine some of these developments. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

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