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. Craft of fiction reading & writing group: exploring 'Bird by Bird' by Anne Lamott

    Course Date: Fri 21 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Craft texts are a wonderful resource for any budding fiction writer and it can help our understanding if we chat about them with others. In this short session we'll discuss popular craft text 'Bird by Bird' by Anne Lamott and complete a writing exercise based on a key concept from the book.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  2. Aspects of European cinema

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course introduces you to a range of themes in European cinema, such as art cinema, national cinema, movements and new waves, authorship, popular cinema and genre, while also exploring the key developments in European film history and a range of critical responses to its key films and directors.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. American conservatism from Hoover to Trump

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of conservatism in American politics and how the ideology has evolved over time.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. How to impress a publisher

    How to impress a publisher

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Publishing insider Lisa Goll offers expert advice on how to impress a publisher, work with agents and become a star author.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Online platforms for the modern-day poet

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The internet has opened up a universe of opportunity for budding poets, but how do writers make the most of this constantly changing platform? Find out on this fun but informative day workshop.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Free thinking: the atheist mission in the 19th century

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Atheism in Britain pre-dates the 19th century but it was only then that it went on the offensive. The course explores why/how this was so alongside related diverse responses, legislation and wider political/cultural change.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  7. How to start a revolution: according to Lenin

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'What is to be done?' asked Lenin in 1902, as the Tsarist autocracy crept towards its Tercentenary. Fifteen years later, the Bolsheviks - led by Lenin - took control of Russia's seat of government and proclaimed 'All power to the Soviets!' In this course we will explore Lenin's ideas on Revolution.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  8. Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Craft focus: voice in fiction

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    All fiction must speak to us as readers. It must communicate atmosphere and plot, character and layers of meaning. Naturally, this means it must have a 'voice,' a complex mix of elements that, together, give the piece its unique identity. In this one-day course learn what 'voice' really means in fiction and how to develop a voice for your story that can capture the attention of readers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 Feb 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction in this fun course for fiction writing beginners and those interested in writing fiction from life. Develop your writing skills and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives, realistic or fantastical.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Writing sports news and features

    Writing sports news and features

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether you want to write about tennis, athletics or the Women's Premier League, this fun but informative day workshop offers guidance on crafting quality sports news and features for online, print and broadcast. The course includes expert guidance from an ex-BBC sports editor.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Ways into creative writing: a gentle pace

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Are you brand new to creative writing? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive environment alongside other beginners? This gentle short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a creative writer.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  12. Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

    Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    This advanced workshop is designed for students who have already completed introductory and intermediate creative-non fiction courses and would like to focus on workshopping their writing.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course explores the basic elements of writing autobiography drawing on memories, diaries, photos, dreams and fantasies with a focus on the forms of autobiography, memoir and the personal essay.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  14. Literary responses to 9/11: Cormac McCarthy, Mohsin Hamid & Ali Smith

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores responses to 9/11 from McCarthy, Hamid, and Smith, covering a range of positions, from that of loss and confusion, to alienation and pleasure, to resistance to the War on Terror measures that followed the terrorist act.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  15. Learning from classic plays

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Imitation is more than just a form of flattery - it's a tool to discover your own writing craft! Delve into a series of famous playscripts, appreciating their mechanics and the unique approaches they use to represent the world. Then apply the insights gained to your own writing through in-class exercises.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

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