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.

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. 'Glimpses of heaven': the role and development of the English cathedral in the 19th century

    Course Date: Sat 9 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The 19th century was a tumultuous period for English cathedrals and bishops. Aspects covered include their role in society, expansion, (re-) building and restoration of cathedrals together with changes in worship, governance and public access.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  2. Miriam the prophetess, Ruth the migrant, and Queen Esther: stories and afterlives of biblical women

    Course Date: Sat 9 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the biblical stories of three women, each representing an aspect of religious, political and social life of ancient Israel. These stories have inspired many writers, and been transformed to adapt to the social, political and religious concerns of the times.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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    Craft focus: redrafting your fiction

    Course Date: Sat 9 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The saying goes that books aren't written, they're rewritten. This one-day course teaches you the essential skills for redrafting and perfecting your work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Exploring film studies

    Exploring film studies

    Course Date: Sat 9 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your critical understanding of cinema through a range of key theories in the study of film, including genre, spectatorship and authorship, and themes such as classical and popular cinema, art cinema and film history.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Craft focus: dialogue in fiction

    Craft focus: dialogue in fiction

    Course Date: Sun 10 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Show rather than tell through quality dialogue. This one-day course will explore ways to develop that all-important ‘ear for dialogue’ through writing exercises and analysis of proven techniques.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Alexander Pope: 'The proper study of mankind'

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how Pope dominated the early 18C with a series of ambitious and astonishingly varied masterpieces, ranging from savage satire, via romantic eloquence, to his greatest philosophical and spiritual undertaking – An Essay on Man.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Life and times of Charles I and Henrietta Maria

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    As the second son, Charles was never meant to become king. He rose to the challenge and tried to live up to his father's ideals of kingship. Sadly this led to Civil War and death. The interactive lecture-based course looks at his life as king and life with his wife, Henrietta Maria. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Writing broadcast journalism

    Writing broadcast journalism

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to learn more about how media works? Interested in a career in broadcast journalism? On this short course you will learn from practical writing and interviewing exercises and from the experience of a practising broadcast journalist.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    Classics day

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    City Lit, the British Museum and UCL bring you another stimulating day of talks and discussions on themes relating to Ancient Greece and Rome. This year's focus will be on the wide-ranging subject of festivals and celebrations – personal, public and religious – across the ancient world of Greece and Rome. Anyone with a love of the classics is welcome. No knowledge of Greek or Latin required.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £19.00

  10. Neo-Daoism

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Neo-Daoism (Xuanxue, ’dark study’) aimed at unlocking the mystery of the Dao (‘Way’) to achieve human flourishing and even immortality.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Developing your blogging

    Developing your blogging

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Already started a blog and want to know how to craft more engaging blog posts? This one-day workshop teaches the essential skills required to craft blogposts that will resonate with your audience.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. The Balfour Declaration

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In November 1917, then Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour wrote a letter expressing the British government's support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. This interactive lecture-based course will examine the context and content of the Declaration and the impact it had on Palestine post-WWI. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  13. Writing about food: a taster

    Writing about food: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Love food and want to write about it? There’s never been a better time with so much happening in the world of food - from street food markets and pop-up restaurants to 24-hour fine dining and gourmet takeaways. Explore the opportunities in print and online, including blogs.

    Improve your photographs of food on this related course – Food and drink photography for bloggers

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    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Japanese imperialism from 1914 to 1945

    Course Date: Mon 18 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course provides a short introduction to Japanese imperialism during the period between World War One and World War Two [1914 - 1945]. We will examine the idea of Japanese imperialism during the war and it’s acquisition of territories under a League of Nation’s mandate at the end of World War One; through to its domestic political-military issues of the 1930s leading to its demise at the end of World War Two.

    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  15. Masters of cinema: Quentin Tarantino

    Course Date: Tue 19 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Tarantino’s penultimate film, due for release in the summer, we will look at how it functions as a culmination of this director’s distinctive body of work. From Reservoir Dogs to Kill Bill to The Hateful Eight, we address Tarantino’s techniques as a writer-director, his engagement with different world cinemas, and his controversial treatment of violence, race, and gender.

    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

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