History, culture & writing

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. In addition please take a look at our new range of one-off workshops and study days run in partnership with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

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 classical world and Shakespeare

    Course Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A quarter of Shakespeare’s major works were based on stories from the Classical World and have influenced our view of the Classical World ever since.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. "They shall not grow old": religion, the war dead and remembrance in Britain, 1914-1939

    Course Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On Remembrance Day itself, we explore the historical origins and cultural/religious context of honouring the dead of the Great War both during the conflict and between 1919-1939 including memorials, the Great Silence and battlefield pilgrimages.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  3. The poetry of Yeats: a life in verse

    Course Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From the lyrical verse of 'The Wanderings of Oisin' (1889) to the modernism of 'Last Poems' (1938), learn of the remarkable journey of one of the 20th century's greatest poets.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. Poetry and the city

    Poetry and the city

    Course Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The excitement and frustrations of city life have inspired poets from 18th-century Grub Street to the 50s Beats and modern-day rappers. This one-day workshop explores ways in which the city can inspire poetry.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. The Bible and the big questions

    Course Date: Sat 18 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore key biblical passages which inform some of the big moral and theological questions and learn basic principles in biblical interpretation in addressing these questions.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Sweet cravings and a Schiaparelli dress: women write about the 1940s

    Course Date: Sat 18 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Consider how women saw their lives and their future at the end of the Second World War via two enduring novels: Muriel Spark’s 'The Girls of Slender Means' and Mollie Panter-Downes’ 'One Fine Day'.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Character as driving force in fiction

    Character as driving force in fiction

    Course Date: Sat 18 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Which comes first: character or plot? Inseparable: without characters there can be no action/without action, no characters. Explore the ways in which characters can deepen plot and theme with acclaimed novelist, Tasha Kavanagh.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Course Date: Sat 18 Nov 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through a series of inspiring and practical exercises, you'll be encouraged to tap into your imagination and draft a story from beginning to end in two days.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  9. Dickens' London

    Course Date: Sat 18 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' Enjoy this introduction to Dickens' work and the London of his time. Morning lecture at City Lit followed by a walk in the area of the city connected to his work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  10. Frank O'Hara and the New York School

    Course Date: Sun 19 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    ‘Urbane, ironic, celebratory, wildly funny’, Frank O’Hara’s poetry registers the pulse of post-war New York, city of abstract expressionism, modern jazz and innovatory poets, many of whom circled O’Hara’s sun.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 19 Nov 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your ideas for children's stories in a practical interactive session. Topics will include plot, characterisation and viewpoint, and how to approach the children's publishing industry today.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Philosophy and history of mathematics: a brief introduction

    Course Date: Sat 25 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Mathematics is one of humanity's great achievements. Explore fundamental ideas about logic, geometry and numbers in early Greek thought, and discover modern debates about how maths underpins science. This course can be taken alone or as an introduction to other philosophy and maths courses.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  13. Performance poetry with Josh Idehen

    Performance poetry with Josh Idehen

    Course Date: Sat 25 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. A taste of journalism

    A taste of journalism

    Course Date: Sat 25 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever dreamed of becoming a journalist? Come and learn the basics from an experienced feature writer. Discover how journalists develop ideas, get quotes and present their material in a feature style.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Masters of Eastern European modernism: Franz Kafka and Bruno Schulz

    Course Date: Sat 25 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore two of the greatest 20th century writers, Czech and Polish, whose imaginations pull in exactly opposite directions, towards austerity and microscopic realism or towards fantasy and linguistic intoxication - both with magical and spellbinding results.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £22.00

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