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. Islamic art and architecture in the Mediterranean basin

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 1 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the artistic production in some of the countries facing the Mediterranean Sea.

    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: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  2. France: Empire, slavery, colonisation and decolonisation since 1789

    Course Date: Tue 2 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will explore how France from 1789 acquired and lost 2 empires, the importance of slavery and its abolition in this empire and France's claims to pursue a 'civilising mission' in its colonies.

    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

  3. City Lit Perspectives: Money and Power - The World Leaders who Changed Economics (General ticket)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Vince Cable will be in discussion with City Lit CEO and Principal Mark Malcomson CBE to discuss the ideas within his new book 'Money and Power - The World Leaders who Changed Economics'. This general ticket option costs £5 and does not include a signed book.

    Other ticket options for this event

    This event is on Zoom. Please make sure you have Zoom installed and up to date.

    This event will be interpreted into British Sign Language. Please note that interpreting is only visible on computers or laptops, not tablets or phones.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £5.00
    Senior fee: £5.00
    Concession: £5.00

  4. City Lit Perspectives: Money and Power - The World Leaders who Changed Economics (Unwaged ticket)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Vince Cable will be in discussion with City Lit CEO and Principal Mark Malcomson CBE to discuss the ideas within his new book 'Money and Power - The World Leaders who Changed Economics'. Unwaged £0 (this option does not include a signed book).

    Other ticket options for this event

    This event is on Zoom. Please make sure you have Zoom installed and up to date.

    This event will be interpreted into British Sign Language. Please note that interpreting is only visible on computers or laptops, not tablets or phones.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  5. City Lit Perspectives: Money and Power - The World Leaders who Changed Economics (Ticket plus book)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Vince Cable will be in discussion with City Lit CEO and Principal Mark Malcomson CBE to discuss the ideas within his new book 'Money and Power - The World Leaders who Changed Economic'. This ticket option costs £20 and includes a signed book by Sir Vince Cable.

    This ticket needs to be booked by Thursday 21 January 2020 and requires a UK postal address. Please do not select this option if you do not have a valid UK postal address as you will not receive the book and may still be charged. The ticket system on our website allows for your billing address, if your postal address is different to your billing address please send your full name and postal address to events@citylit.ac.uk and we will match your postal address with the ticket payment to ensure you receive your book to the correct address. If your billing address and postal address are the same you do not need to use the email. Books will be posted after the event.

    Other ticket options for this event

    This event is on Zoom. Please make sure you have Zoom installed and up to date.

    This event will be interpreted into British Sign Language. Please note that interpreting is only visible on computers or laptops, not tablets or phones.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £20.00
    Senior fee: £20.00
    Concession: £20.00

  6. Politics and Trust: what is trust and do politicians need it?

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 3 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Trust is regarded as a good thing – but, at the same time, seems to be in short supply. What is the true situation in Britain in the light of George Floyd, Covid, and Brexit?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £22.00

  7. What's mine... isn't yours: the philosophy of property

    Course Date: Wed 3 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online


    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  8. Writing funny fiction

    Writing funny fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Humour is an incredible vehicle for connection, promoting empathy and raising questions that may otherwise be hard to handle. Writers as diverse as Saki, PG Wodehouse, Shakespeare, and Lorrie Moore understand this. But what does it really mean to write funny fiction and what are the techniques writers use? Learn how to harness the power of humour in your fiction in this fun, supportive workshop.

    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. Ancient cities St. Paul knew

    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover eight fascinating ancient cities, which are amazing places to visit.

    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: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Master of Suspense: Hitchcock’s Spy Thrillers

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Hitchcock made his name as a director with spy movies and this 8 week course will study the development of his own style and how the spy genre as a whole responded to changing political and cultural contexts. Why is this course exciting? Because these films are thrillers!

    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: £79.00

  11. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 5 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This short, fun taster course is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for two evenings of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.

    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

  12. Shakespeare and the classical world

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 5 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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

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    World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you ever wondered how Tolkien or C.S. Lewis did it? On this short course you'll learn how to build worlds that lend your fantasy or speculative fiction credibilty, richness and the kind of depth that leaves readers wanting more. Ideal for enthusiastic writers with an idea to explore, or a writing project in progress.

    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. Writing non-fiction for children: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    On this interactive taster course, you will explore children’s non-fiction writing; an exciting and wide-ranging field, encompassing biography, narrative non-fiction and the classic fact book.

    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. East End in fact and fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Covering the early 19th century to the early 20th century, we will examine the history of the East End, and we will analyse how it was portrayed in works of fiction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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