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. How to read a film: a beginners' guide to cinema
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will develop your critical appreciation of the cinema by teaching you how to read and understand film texts. We will look at the elements that underpin film form – narrative, mise en scène, cinematography, editing and sound – alongside its historical development. We will consider film style by exploring classical, post-classical and art cinema and we will examine influential critical modes of analysis, such as genre, authorship and spectatorship.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  2. Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This intensive online fiction workshop is open by selective application to a maximum of ten fiction writers working at the advanced and professional levels.The deadline for applications is Sunday 22nd August.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £339.00 Concession £339.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  3. Exploring literature: an introduction to prose and drama
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will introduce you to a range of prose and dramatic texts that explore the human condition and analyse how the writers shape your response. Prose texts include stories by Alice Munro, Raymond Carver and Kazuo Ishiguro and the short novel Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. The drama texts will be 'Ghosts' by Ibsen and 'All my Sons' by Arthur Miller.



    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
  4. Twentieth Century British political history
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If a week is a long time in politics, what on earth happens over a hundred years? This course



    looks at how British politics was transformed during the twentieth century – not once, but



    several times – and shows how we can understand politicians, parties, and government as



    responding to changes in our society and economy. A fascinating blend of continuity and



    change, this course shows how we got to where we are today.



    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 £159.00 Concession £70.00
  5. Stuart London 1 1603-1660
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore London's history between 1603 and 1660. How did the accession of the Stuarts, revolution, the interregnum and restoration impact on London and its people.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £88.00
  6. Rising Powers: the countries shaping the global future
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Rising political powers challenge the status quo and garner attention. This course will examine the political and social factors that shape them, explore the tensions they cause and how they will shape the future.



    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 £159.00 Concession £70.00
  7. Starting your novel
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel.



    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:
    94% of 100
  8. Writing for magazines
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 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
  9. Current affairs
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news? Enrol early for lively, informed discussion on current events in Britain and the world. 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 £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. Writing fantasy stories
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Build fantastical worlds, fill them with compelling characters and learn how to structure innovative plotlines in this perfect introduction for those with a passion for fantasy.



    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. The Art of War: London’s brushes with conflict
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    London’s superb collections of visual representations of War show how conflict affects people, politics & places. Hostilities have destroyed, but also inspired, influenced & impacted the attitudes of Londoners & artists.



    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 £22.00
  12. UK politics for beginners
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Brexit and then COVID have dominated the headlines, but this won’t last for ever. This courses offers an introduction to British politics so you are well prepared whether we return to business as usual… or a new normal.



    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
  13. History of Scandinavia: ancient and medieval
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course is the first in a two-part programme on the history and culture of Scandinavia and its diaspora from time immemorial to the present. This first course will cover the ancient and medieval periods.



    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
  14. Short story writing
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 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. Poetry cooked and raw: from Emily Dickinson to the Beat Poets
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    We will explore how poets changed during the 20th century from writing in formal ‘poetic’ language and regular forms towards writing in more natural language, freer forms and with more direct expression of feelings. We will look at free verse, political poetry, the Beat Poets, confessional poetry and prose poetry.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
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    100% of 100

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