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. Ancient world civilisations
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The course looks at major ancient civilisations around the world. Offering a fresh perspective on the emergence of states, chiefdoms and empires, the ten lessons will examine relationships and influences between settled and nomadic peoples.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
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  2. The decline of truth from pragmatism to postmodernism
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Do we live in a post-truth world? Should all our beliefs be subject to revision or are there universal truths we can’t doubt? Join us for a retrospective on a century of scepticism and relativism.

    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 £167.00 Concession £127.00
  3. Picture book writing: advanced
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Would you like to workshop, edit and polish your picture book texts for young children? This course is designed for advanced picture book writers wishing to hone and improve their own stories.

    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 £64.00
  4. Writing a memoir: an introduction
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This six week course will help you plan and craft a memoir that will resonate and inspire.

    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:
    96% of 100
  5. City of words - the 'trequel'
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    London luxuriates in literary references. This course explores a new neighbourhood each week, looking at some of those authors, poets & playwrights, & their creations, who have celebrated & immortalised our city.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £52.00
  6. Love, sex and robots: a philosophical investigation
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Sex robots are coming. But will this technology lead to a happier world in which sexual inequalities are addressed? Or will sexbots undermine our human relationships by perpetuating troubling attitudes toward women, minorities, and consent?

    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 £89.00 Concession £54.00
  7. History of the European Union: from World War II to the 2004 expansion
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the fascinating evolution of the European Union throughout its history.

    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 £103.00 Concession £57.00
  8. Europe, nations and empires 1848-1914
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course examines how Europe was reshaped between the revolutions of 1848 and the outbreak of the First World War. Nationalism became a powerful force, transforming the continent, alongside movements towards liberal democracy and socialism . Please note there is no class on June 3rd.

    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 £96.00
  9. The Soviet Union: a history in film, 1922-1991
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This is an advanced course intended to use film as a primary source in exploring the history and culture of the Soviet Union in greater detail.

    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 £96.00
  10. Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This inspiring, six week workshop, led by an experienced journaler, encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to find an approach to life writing that suits them.

    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:
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  11. Ways into screenwriting
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    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. 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
  12. Minds, brains and related philosophical headaches
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    “No Brain, No Pain” — that’s hardly controversial. But is having an experience or—indeed—entertaining a thought

    nothing else than neural activity? In this course we will look at this and some related philosophical questions.

    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 £167.00 Concession £127.00
  13. A potted history of Ancient Greece: further themes
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Join this course to explore the role of selected images used on ancient Greek pots in wider ancient culture and society, and their modern reception.

    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 £48.00
  14. Reason or faith? From the origins of existence to artificial intelligence
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course will open up the questions that have troubled philosophy and religion throughout history. You will gain an introduction to philosophical methods, definitions of terminology, and an overview of the history of philosophy of religion up to current concerns today about the limits of reason.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  15. Autobiography into fiction
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This 6-week course will help you develop techniques for transforming personal experience into fiction. You'll have the opportunity to improve your writing skills as well as your ability to give and use constructive criticism in a workshop environment.

    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:
    88% of 100

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