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. Unreal city: the history of London through literature from 1800 to today

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fiction writers are often the first to identify and analyse a social phenomenon. We will examine two centuries of London history through the eyes of novelists and poets, from William Blake to Zadie Smith.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  2. Introduction to global issues

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the major issues that pose challenges to the global balance of power: security, the environment, energy and resources, migration, underdevelopment and the role of the state in handling global issues. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  3. 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

  4. Ending your novel

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you wondering how to wrap up your novel? Maybe you're grappling with the best way to bring your book to a statisfying conclusion. This course is suitable for experienced creative writers who have completed or made significant progress with a novel draft. Learn more about the art of novel writing and conclude your project in a supportive workshop environment.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  5. Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    This intensive fiction workshop is open by selective application to a maximum of ten fiction writers working at the advanced and professional levels. You will receive rigorous constructive feedback on your novel or short story as you develop it with a view to publication, and participate in detailed tutor-led discussions on advanced elements of fictional craft. New application deadline: Sunday 15 December 2019.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  6. 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

  7. 1919: revolutions and counter-revolutions in Europe and beyond

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    As WWI ended and empires came down, a new world emerged. Revolutionary and counter-revolutionary forces, inspired or frightened by the Russian Revolution, vied for power in parts of Europe and beyond with lasting consequences.

    Course tutor: Sebastien Ardouin. Course tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  8. 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

  9. Advanced playwriting

    Advanced playwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    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 course is designed for experienced playwrights who have work in-progress.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  10. The poetry lab

    The poetry lab

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking for new, inventive avenues to explore in your poetry? This intensive short-course weaves together elements of drama, cinema, fairy-tale and fiction to create fresh, innovative poetry. Explore lyric, narrative and dramatic forms, using traditional and experimental techniques. For poets with some experience.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. 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

  12. Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  13. The fantastical Baroque

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Encounter some of the strangest texts of 17th century Europe. Journey to the moon; get lost in a labyrinth of ideas; measure divine proportions and human emotions; wrestle with Montaigne, Bacon, Descartes and Milton.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  14. The essay - academic writing

    The essay - academic writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    A crash course in essay writing – beginnings, middles and ends. Suitable for students on A level and access courses or undergraduates. For full-time students, there is a special reduced fee of £40.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  15. "Beware, beware! his flashing eyes, his floating hair!": Romantic Poets 1789-1862

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    From Wordsworth to Christina Rossetti, we explore the impulses that created Romantic poetry – how honest expression of feeling became the measure of poetic inspiration and the problems this caused especially for women poets.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

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