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. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your screenwriting journey in this practical intermediate 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.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  2. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Develop both your ideas and your technique.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  3. Contemporary cinema: the best films of the year

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be inspired by the best films of the year! This course coincides with the wave of new films released for Bafta/Oscar awards season, offering a weekly what's on, discussion and screenings to provide you with a definitive list of films to watch and enjoy.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  4. 'Against the grain': political, social and cultural radicalism in Britain, 1815-1914

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture course examines radical ideas and action notably the right to vote, the governing/composition of the UK, gender relations, animal welfare, (non-) religious belief, socialism, anarchism, terrorism and the Arts from the later 19th century.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  5. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 15 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  6. Great thinkers

    The great philosophers

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ideas of major philosophers from Plato to Wittgenstein. How does Western philosophy differ from religion and science? What problems have the great philosophers tried to solve?
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £88.00

  7. Afternoon cinema: current films and new releases

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be inspired by the best films of the year! This course coincides with the wave of new films released for Bafta/Oscar awards season, offering a weekly what's on, discussion and screenings to provide you with a definitive list of films to watch and enjoy.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  8. Archaeology of London

    Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the archaeology and history of London through its cultural monuments, topography and material remains to more fully appreciate the rich archaeological evidence of the capital.

    Tutor: Jill Hummerstone. Tutor :Jill Hummerstone.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  9. The art of the sentence: grammar and style for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Great poetry and prose begin when the writer puts the right words in the right places. Learn how and why the rules and conventions of language matter in this course, which combines creative writing with opportunities to learn/revise essential points of grammar and useful literary concepts. Suitable for beginning writers looking to build confidence, and those with more experience who would like to practise these essential skills.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  10. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Lovers of fiction can develop their creative writing skills on this practical intermediate course. You'll explore the fundamentals of fiction writing craft such as character and structure, and unlock your imagination to produce compelling prose. Suitable for those with some creative writing experience.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  11. Writing through the Harlem Renaissance: Cane & The Invisible Man

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Weaving history, diverse traditions and a collage of voices, we will explore the struggle and celebration of black experience through Jean Toomer’s Cane and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, both growing out of the explosion of Black art during the Harlem Renaissance.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  12. Latin literature in translation: a survey course

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover some of the texts and authors of Roma literature which are central to Western culture and thought.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00

  13. Economic theories: from the classical and failed to the untested

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Transforming nature, trading goods - we call it the economy. Scientists and sages across cultures have been discussing it for centuries. What do they have to tell us? Is there really no alternative? Tutor: Christian Michel.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  14. Novella writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    A short novel or a long short story? In this fortnightly course we'll define the novella form for ourselves through analysis of set texts, guided exercises, and workshop. We'll also commit to producing a complete first draft of novella length by the end of the session. Ideal for experienced fiction writers.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  15. Egyptology: the end of empire, tomb robbers and golden pharaohs at Tanis

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover what happened when the empire went into decline and the Valley of the Kings was abandoned.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

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