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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Film taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to evaluate and discuss films while enjoying a working example of a City Lit film studies class.

    We will view clips from a wide variety of films, exploring themes and technique in British cinema and modern American cinema. There will be a chance to review term one film courses at City Lit (September - December 2020).

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  2. Ways into screenwriting: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on a course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  3. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive environment? Join one of these introductory courses. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  4. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Relatively new to writing poetry? This inspiring course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices alongside fellow emerging poets. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  5. Autobiographical writing

    Autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you already have some experience of writing in the autobiographical genre? Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, this term-long course explores how to ensure your work is both evocative and powerful. Diaries, dreams, memories and fantasy.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  6. Introduction to philosophy

    Introduction to philosophy

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This problem-based introduction to philosophy explores key themes of modern philosophy, including truth, knowledge, ultimate reality and the mind-body problem.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  7. Buddhist philosophy

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    'Impermanence is the root of human suffering.' Over hundreds of years a highly developed philosophy grew from this simple idea. However, one does not need to adopt a religious outlook to benefit from Buddhist philosophy.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  8. Meeting Proust on Swann's Way

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover Proust's inner world exploration in a close reading of the first volume of In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way. A deferred kiss, a dipped madeleine and a whole world unfolds.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  9. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to write for the screen on this practical, introductory course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  10. Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  11. Reading for writers: queer fiction (a fortnightly course)

    Reading for writers: queer fiction (a fortnightly course)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the scope of human experience through the lens of LGBT+ writers, and learn from them the fundamentals of writing compelling fiction. This fortnightly intermediate course combines reading and analysis of key queer texts with practical writing exercises. Suitable for all those with some creative writing experience and an interest in queer perspectives in fiction.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  12. Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This intensive poetry masterclass is open by selective application to a maximum of ten students. You will receive inspiring tutor instruction and rigorous constructive feedback on your poems as you prepare them for publication and performance. Includes an invitation to perform at our termly spoken word event, Late Lines. The current deadline for applications is Thursday 13th of August 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  13. Masterclass: fiction (a year-long workshop)

    Masterclass: fiction (a year-long workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This intensive three-term fiction workshop is open by selective application and interview to a maximum of ten fiction writers working at the advanced and professional levels. You will receive rigorous constructive feedback on your novel or short story as you develop it with a view to publication, and participate in detailed tutor-led discussions on advanced elements of fictional craft. Please note: the deadline for applications is Monday 30 August 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on Sunday 6 September 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £879.00
    Senior fee: £879.00
    Concession: £879.00

  14. British cinema: a matter of life and death

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    The contagion of the Virus has been likened to the war and the Blitz, the story of people pulling together against a common enemy, a story told as it was happening by the great forties’ film directors: Lean, Powell and Pressburger. From Pimlico to Pinewood, this course celebrates that forties’ golden age as a roadmap for later directors Clio Barnard, Joe Wright, Christopher Nolan and Sam Mendes.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  15. Existentialism in a nutshell: time and death

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For existentialists our existence is arbitrary and unfolds, in time, towards certain death. Can we live meaningfully within the horizon of time and death?

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

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