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. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 9 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive atmosphere? Join one of these introductory courses. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  2. The symmetry of things

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Symmetry lies close to the heart of art, design, science and nature. This introductory level course embeds the abstract study of this subject in the arts and sciences, providing an accessible taste of modern mathematics.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  3. Advanced playwriting

    Advanced playwriting

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue to explore the key elements of dramatic writing, and benefit from supportive and detailed feedback on your own work in this advanced course. New students with extensive playwriting experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  4. France in revolution:1789 - 1799

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1789 ordinary French people successfully rebelled against the absolute monarchy and privileged nobility. Find out how the struggle over the social and political system which would replace the Ancien Regime would divide both France and Europe. Tutor: Zoe Quinn.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  5. Aesthetics: art and anti-art

    Aesthetics: art and anti-art

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Bringing philosophy together with art criticism, sociology and cultural anthropology, this course examines answers from a range of thinkers to two basic questions: 'What is art?' and 'Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?'.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  6. Advanced autobiographical writing

    Advanced autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This workshop for experienced writers of autobiographical prose or poetry will provide you with support and in-depth feedback on your work. It is suitable for students who have an ongoing project.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  7. Biography writing

    Biography writing

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes a great biography? Learn to experiment with your own life writing as you uncover the techniques and methods of this exciting genre with a professional biographer.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  8. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Review the key elements of writing for the theatre, gain fresh critical insight into your own writing, and produce a new draft of your work. This workshop is for experienced playwrights with ongoing projects.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  9. Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course explores the basic elements of writing autobiography drawing on memories, diaries, photos, dreams and fantasies with a focus on the forms of autobiography, memoir and the personal essay.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. The poetry lab

    The poetry lab

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This inventive course weaves together elements of drama, cinema, fairy-tale and fiction to create new kinds of poetry. Explore lyric, narrative and dramatic forms, using traditional and experimental techniques. For experienced poets.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  11. From the 1880s to the 1930s: how the new East End was born

    From the 1880s to the 1930s: how the new East End was born

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In an area branded 'the hell of poverty', libraries, theatres, art galleries and social housing were established. Workers went on strike and activists campaigned for better lives. Walk through six tumultuous decades of change.

    The course will begin with an initial lecture at City Lit followed by six walks.

    Last session held at City Lit.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  12. Television screenwriting

    Television screenwriting

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to write a drama script for television? What do you write and where do you start? Through exercises and examples this course will assist you in developing your own projects.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00

  13. The US presidents who made the post-war world

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Five American Presidents (Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) shaped the post-War world both in their own country and beyond. America changed hugely during the thirty years of their presidencies and each of them played an important part in that. In the same way, the Cold War and various conflicts shaped an emergence from historical isolationism to a truly global power.

    NOTE: Break Week - no class session on 14/05/2019. Tutors: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  14. Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  15. Writing for children: workshop

    Writing for children: workshop

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced children's writers, this ongoing workshop offers an opportunity to develop your work-in-progress with constructive feedback from tutor and classmates. You need to have completed a ‘Writing for children’ course before joining this class.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

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