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. Craft focus: grammar, syntax, and style for creative writers
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    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 new 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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £72.00
  2. History of ideas: the Enlightenment and the modern state - the illusion of freedom
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online



    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
  3. Modernist Manifestoes: 1880 - 1939
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The word manifesto implies the creation of a new reality – perhaps the more improbable the better – through the act of speech. This course examines the manifestoes and movements of the modernist period (late-19th and early-20th centuries), which sought to radically redefine the possibilities of art, politics and life.

    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
  4. Everyday life in London 1350-1500
    Last Few Places
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Where and how did Londoners live? What did they eat and drink? What illnesses did they suffer from, how were they treated and how did they deal with sanitation? These and other questions will be addressed on this course.

    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
  5. Philosophy and cultural theory
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    We will look the philosophical underpinnings of culture through the writings of key philosophers who engage critically with the self images of the post enlightenment era. In particular we will look at ideology, language and art in the context of cultural reproduction.

    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
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  6. Plague, famine and war: Fourteenth century Europe
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    No sooner had the Great Famine of 1315-22 taken its toll then along came the Black Death to wipe out half the remaining population but there was also a flourishing of art and literature.

    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
  7. Advanced playwriting: workshop
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Dive deeper into the key elements of writing for the theatre, gain fresh critical insight into your own writing, and produce a new draft of your work. This workshop is for experienced playwrights with ongoing projects.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £309.00 Concession £124.00
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  8. Heroes and Gods: 19. and 20. Century Classical References in the British Museum and elsewhere
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Delve into classical myths used in naval related and other items in the 19th century.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  9. Sanctuary in the City: Public Art by refugees and immigrants
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    On this virtual walk we walk right across the City from Aldgate to Moorgate we discover famous and not so famous public art: sculptural, reliefs and mosaics made by immigrants from 17th to 20th century including several works by refugees from Nazi Europe.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £9.00 Senior fee £9.00 Concession £9.00
  10. Symbols of power: the Medieval monarch
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Royal regalia, ‘creative’ genealogies and political prophecies were just some of the ways in which medieval monarchs sought to maintain power. We will compare and contrast strategies employed by legitimate kings and usurpers alike.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  11. The art of the dissertation
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Are you approaching your dissertation year at undergraduate level? In this workshop you will receive expert guidance on how to structure and write your dissertation project to a high academic standard.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
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  12. Dickens' London
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' Enjoy this introduction to Dickens' work and the London of his time.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £15.00
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  13. Autobiography into fiction: a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  14. Craft focus: introduction to novel plotting
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    If you've made a start on your novel, but need help getting it into shape, this course provides a flexible template that will help you to overcome the obstacles ahead.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £80.00
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  15. Tudor London
    Course Date: Tue 27 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This course will explore the dynamic development of London during the Tudor century, an era shaped by the twin influences of the Renaissance and the Reformation, and marked by the growth of London both as a capital city, the royal chamber or Camera Regis, but also as a growing port and centre of trade and craft based industry.

    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
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