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. 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

  2. Writing a memoir (continuation)

    Writing a memoir (continuation)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This continuation course guides students in developing a memoir project that will resonate and inspire.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  3. US election special update 2: The state of the race

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The first four primaries/caucuses will have taken place and we will explore the results and what can be learned from them. We will preview the coming month of major multi-state elections, including Super Tuesday, and see the challenges the remaining candidates will face. We will look at the fallout from the Impeachment Process and who, if anyone, has benefited or lost out.
    Full fee: £24.00
    Senior fee: £24.00
    Concession: £11.00

  4. Ways into poetry: a gentle pace

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    Are you brand new to writing poetry? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive environment alongside other beginners in the craft? This gentle short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a poet.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  5. 17th century England, revolution and restoration: the Stuart Restoration

    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore society, religion and culture during the Stuart Restoration, with reference to the reigns of the ‘Merry Monarch’ Charles II (1660 – 1685) and James II (1685 – 1688).
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  6. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on one of these fun and supportive short courses covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  7. Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    Are you just starting to write poetry? This inspiring short course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  8. Life writing: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 28 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This inspiring workshop encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to create vivid and engaging life writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Religions of India: what Jainism can teach us about peace and the environment

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Jain religion is non-theistic and believes in an everlasting soul and a material body. Its morality is based on non-violence and non-acquisition. The Jain aphorism ‘all life is interdependent’ is in tune with creating a peaceful and sustainable world.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Diving into the Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys answers Charlotte Bronte

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In a close consideration of Rhys’ haunting work, Wide Sargasso Sea, we will consider how systems of power and

    history define and subjugate the individual in intimate spaces. Please read the work in preparation for the course.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  11. Television screenwriting: an introduction

    Television screenwriting: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to write for an ongoing TV drama or pitch your own idea for a television series one day? Start your screenwriting journey on this practical course. Examine the structure of an episodic television drama and explore approaches to the genre in a fun and supportive environment.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Keats' 18th century forebears

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Too often it is assumed that the Romantic poets engineered a complete break with their eighteenth-century predecessors. By exploring the work of five of Keats’s forebears, this course offers an opportunity to reconsider that assumption.

    NB. This course will take place at Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, London. NW3 2RR.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Craft focus: point of view in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Who speaks and who sees? Point of view is the answer to these essential questions in fiction. Learn the fundamentals of point of view in this one-day course designed to help you write stories with clear and compelling perspectives. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. The Politics of Archaeology: The Age of Empires (1840 - 1914)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will provide students with an introduction to British archaeology in the Middle East during the long 19th century. Starting with British and French exploration of the Assyrian cities of Nineveh and Nimrud we will study the interconnection between archaeology, exploration, and international politics in the Age of Empire. We will look at the role of museums in fuelling the competitive interest of the British, French, German and Ottoman Empires in acquiring the material remains of the past.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  15. Classics day

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    City Lit, the British Museum and UCL present the annual Classics Day, offering lectures exploring the interpretations and reinterpretations of Troy, through archaeology, literature and art. Why and how has ancient Troy, its legends, heroes and myths, been of such enduring resonance throughout the ages? Anyone with a love of the classics is welcome. No knowledge of Greek or Latin required.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £36.00
    Concession: £18.00

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