History, Culture & Writing Courses Online & in London

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. Published poets group

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Share your work, develop your poetry and receive feedback from your peers and tutor in this inspiring workshop for published poets.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £8.00

  2. How to make a living from your writing

    How to make a living from your writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to know how you can maximise your income from your writing projects? This fast-paced short course guides students through tried-and-tested approaches to making a living from their craft.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  3. America's wars: Interventions in Latin America

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Uncover a dramatic history of coups, revolutions and covert ops. In this two part course, we will look at how successive US administrations intervened in the countries to their south since the second world war.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. Existentialism in a nutshell: art and popular culture

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Themes of absurdity and randomness are central to existentialist art. Is life as presented in popular culture especially absurd?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. US elections - the results: 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    US elections are always important. With Coronavirus, Civil Unrest, and increasingly divisive politics, the 2020 election is perhaps the most important election in a generation. Join City Lit's Principal, Mark Malcomson, for analysis of the results.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  6. Writing for blogs: a taster

    Writing for blogs: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Got a passion, a journey or an obsession to share? Blogging is the perfect medium through which to share your interests with the world. This taster course teaches the essential skills required to write blogposts that will resonate.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  7. Writing myths: a taster

    Writing myths: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Whether you want to write about mythical beasts in a modern-day setting or pen a traditional epic quest, this fun, interactive taster will equip you with the craft basics to write a myth that will move and inspire.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  8. Comedy sketch writing

    Comedy sketch writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the art of creating a great comedy sketch. Study the brilliance of classic sketches and learn how to deploy their techniques in your own work.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  9. Life and times of George I

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    From being the ruler of an obscure German electorate George I suddenly became king of on the most powerful nations in the world in his fifties. He was never popular in his new kingdom but established a constitutional monarchy which has survived to today. Explore his life and world on this interactive lecture course.

    Please note that this course runs as follows:

    1st session 21/11 : 11-1

    2nd session and 3rd session (28/11 and 5/12) : 11- 12.30.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. An introduction to the rise of 'the method' in screen acting of the 1940s and 50s

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The visceral impact of Marlon Brando’s performance as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire changed the style of American screen acting. This course explores the acting techniques and psychological elements a new generation of American screen actors brought to cinema in the 1940s and 1950s, known as the Method.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  11. Masters of cinema: Agnes Varda

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    2019 was marked by the death of a true mistress of world cinema, Agne`s Varda. We will introduce you to her oeuvre, from La pointe courte (1955) to her final work, Varda par Agne`s (2019), exploring her status as a ‘feminist’ icon. The digital was central to her later career, making her, perhaps, a multi-media artist rather than just a film director.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  12. Performance poetry

    Performance poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Write poetry and perform it, finding your own style and delivery under the guidance of a spoken word artist. Explore the differences between performance and other forms of poetry.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  13. Journaling: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This inspiring taster course led by an experienced journaler, encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to find an approach to life writing that suits them.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  14. Create your first poetry collection

    Create your first poetry collection

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    You've written and workshopped your poetry, and now you're ready to create your first collection. But where do you begin with that process? This workshop offers instruction and advice on putting together your first poetry collection.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  15. Writing great child characters

    Course Date: Fri 27 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Write your way to compelling and convincing child characters that truly connect with your readers, in this fun, interactive course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

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