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. Novel writing: blended – an online and on-site course

    Novel writing: blended – an online and on-site course

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Got a great idea for a novel? Want to learn how to master major craft elements such as character and plot in the context of long-form fiction, and gain valuable feedback on your writing? This course combines online and face-to-face instruction in six easy-to-digest modules, giving you the support required to get your project started. Ideal for those wishing to begin a novel and those with a novel-in-progress.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  2. Refugee politics

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 1 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    Forced migration comprises one of the most contentious issues in UK politics today. As contemporary political discourse continues to centre around migration, this module provides an opportunity to unpack the politics of refugee crises and resettlement.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  3. Political biography reading group

    Course Date: Tue 1 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through discussion of selected biographies we will explore in depth key individuals in world history , their legacy and the era in which they lived. The first class will discuss Liberty: The lives and times of 6 women in revolutionary France, Lucy Moore, 2006.



    NOTE: This course consists of four sessions on 1 October, 26 November, 14 January and 25 February.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  4. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 2 Oct 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  5. Nationalism and national identity in a global perspective

    Course Date: Fri 4 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What does being a citizen of the world mean? Is this possible at all? How do concepts such as citizenship and cosmopolitanism fit into our discourses on nationalism and national identity? This course will explore both theories and practices of nationalism and national identity in a comparative, global perspective.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  6. Advanced autobiographical writing

    Advanced autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Fri 4 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A supportive workshop for more experienced writers of autobiography (including fictionalised work or poetry). Close attention to your work, exploration of techniques and discussion of relevant issues. Suitable for students who have an ongoing project and may have attended autobiographical writing courses.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  7. Hannah Arendt: philosophy, politics and plurality

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Arendt’s examination of the existential conditions under which human beings create their political worlds, and her account of philosophical thinking as an antidote to totalitarianism, make her thought highly relevant to the 21st century.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Poetry through the seasons: autumn/winter

    Poetry through the seasons: autumn/winter

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The burn of autumn leaves, pumpkin lattes and the icy solitude of December. Whatever the darker months mean to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture nature's journey to the shortest day of the year.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Writing haiku from the past

    Writing haiku from the past

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fun day workshop includes a trip to the British Museum where you will search for inspiration for your poems. Travel back to a different era and write haiku poetry inspired by lost empires, forgotten dynasties and unnamed heroes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Introduction to advanced academic writing (Year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Introduction to advanced academic writing (Year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this one-day workshop we will explore the building blocks and strategies for good writing. Ideal for those studying, or contemplating writing, at this level.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. In the footsteps of Fred Uhlman: art and refugees in Hampstead

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Fred Uhlman was a refugee lawyer turned artist who settled with his English wife, Diana, in Hampstead in 1938. Here they formed the artist refugee committee to rescue artists trapped in Czechoslovakia and their house became a refuge for artists. We discover the organisations that he was involved in; visit sites he was known to frequent; and consider other refugees who settled in Hampstead in the advent to the Second World War.

    It starts at Hampstead Tube Station and ends near Belsize Park tube station.

    London guide: Marilyn Greene. It starts at Hampstead Tube Station and ends near Belsize Park tube station.

    London guide: Marilyne Greene.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  12. Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Oct 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Once upon a time there was a City Lit day workshop all about writing fairytales. The quest: to inspire writers to pen stories of love, fear, forests, revenge, dragons, witches, kings, queens, frogs and magic.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Masters of cinema: the film vision of Alfonso Cuaron

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be inspired by the incredible cinematic style and film genre exploration of the Mexican film director Alfonso Cuarón.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. British political institutions

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 8 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Taught by Lord Malcolm Bruce, who served for 32 years as an MP and has been a member of the House of Lords since 2015, this course is an introduction to the British political system. We will cover the Parliament and Executive, the role and operation of Committees, and devolved political power.

    n.b. please see outline for info on break week.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. Centenary Cinema

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Cinema came of age just as City Lit opened in Fetter Lane. Broken Blossoms was set in nearby Limehouse. In 1919 Chaplin, Griffith, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks formed United Artists and C.B. DeMille made Gloria Swanson a star. View and discuss film clips with Keaton, Harold Lloyd and other stars.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

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