History, culture & writing

History, Culture & Writing

Explore our extraordinary range of History, Culture and Writing courses and lectures. We offer both introductory and specialist in-depth courses to suit all levels of interest and experience, from ‘How to read a film’ and World literature, to writing creative non-fiction and American history and politics.

Study online from the comfort of home, with interactive classes that allow you to participate in discussions with fellow adult students. We offer daytime, evening and weekend courses, both short and long. For more information, please see our guide to online learning.

Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators; many have published, teach in universities or share their expertise in the media. Tutors share their knowledge and passion through presentations, readings, interactive discussion and exercises, analysis, and other activities.

Many students return to take more courses, telling us they enjoy being part of our City Lit Learning community.

Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place online now.

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  1. More current affairs
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Continue your exploration of current affairs through lively, informed discussion. Run as a tutor-moderated discussion group of current news events. This course follows on from 'Current affairs' but new students are welcome. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £74.00
    Rating:
    88% of 100
  2. Writing for magazines
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  3. Modern France: from the Paris Commune to the Vichy Regime
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    After uncertain beginnings, the Third republic managed to survive numerous crises until the defeat of 1940 sealed its fate. (Re)discover this exciting period, its actors and how their policies shaped modern France.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £70.00
  4. Writing fantasy stories
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    In the quest to write fantasy fiction, the pen is indeed mightier than the sword. Whether you've spent the last eight years binge-watching Game of Thrones or favoured the Earthsea trilogy over revision text books in your teenage years, this fun short course offers the perfect introduction for those with a passion for writing fantasy stories.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
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  5. Public Enemies, Screen Heroes: the gangster film
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Forever associated with American cinema, the gangster film is also a major genre in European and East Asian cinemas. Through a range of examples this course explores the gangster film in American, British, French and Japanese cinema, looking at themes such as the representation of the gangster, violence, masculinity and style, and the key features of the genre in each of these production contexts.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
  6. US history for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course offers a brief examination of, and introduction to, the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of the United States, 1608 - 2001.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £35.00
  7. German Idealism from Kant to Hegel: the beginnings of continental philosophy
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    German philosophers created the most ambitious and imaginative systems of thought of modern times against the backdrop of revolution and war. This creative and speculative beginning to modern continental philosophy is an exciting intellectual adventure.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £103.00
  8. Novels of Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This online literature course explores three novels by Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. We will focus on developing an appreciation of the nuances of Austen’s language and its effects, alongside engaging with the literary, historical and critical contexts of these novels, and how they may illuminate our understanding of them.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  9. Ways into poetry
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Relatively new to writing poetry? This inspiring course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices alongside fellow emerging poets. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  10. Freelance writing and blogging
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. Nature writing
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    What greater muse could a writer ask for than the organic wonders of the planet that surrounds them? Learn how to capture the majesty of nature on the page with this exciting new course in creative non-fiction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £57.00
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  12. Writing a memoir (continuation)
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This continuation course guides students in developing a memoir project that will resonate and inspire.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
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  13. Art and ideas in Ancient Greece
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Come and discover (or re-discover) Greek artistic creations through ‘Greek eyes’ by consulting contemporary literature, history and archaeology.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  14. Short story writing
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback to develop your writing skills.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  15. The decline of truth from pragmatism to postmodernism
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Do we live in a post-truth world? Should all our beliefs be subject to revision or are there universal truths we can’t doubt? Join us for a retrospective on a century of scepticism and relativism.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00

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