History, Culture & Writing Courses Online & in London

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. Memoir writing: a taster

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you have a personal story to tell that will move, delight, stir and inform readers? This short course guides students in planning and crafting a memoir.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  2. Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Creative non-fiction: a taster

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you had experiences that will move, delight or entertain readers? This taster session in creative-non fiction explores approaches to capturing your most poignant moments and crafting them into inspiring pieces of literature.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  3. Children's writing: a taster

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Find out more about writing children's stories in this practical and interactive, short taster session.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  4. Poetry: a taster

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This short, fun day workshop is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for a day of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  5. Picture book writing: a taster

    Picture book writing: a taster

    New Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Find out more about writing a picture book text in this practical and interactive, short taster session.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  6. Screenwriting: a taster

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Give screenwriting a try in this fun and supportive one-off taster session. Ideal if you want to unlock your imagination and express yourself, but need a bit of encouragement to get started. This course will be delivered online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  7. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you ever wondered what philosophy is? What do philosophers talk about? Can they tell you the meaning of life or is it just jargon and navel gazing? Come along and find out.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  8. Christmas unwrapped: an exploration of the story, imagery, carols and traditions of Christmas

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course aims to unwrap the story, imagery, music and traditions of Christmas to see what they tell us about: the person of Jesus and his role, Christmas's origins and its place in contemporary society.

    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: £18.00

  9. T’was the night before Christmas: how the English festive season evolved in the 19th century

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Christmas was of limited significance in early 19th century England. But it changed fundamentally thereafter. We explore why this was so together with the origins of all that was to constitute the ‘traditional’/Victorian Festive Season.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  10. Christmas at the cinema: holiday favourites

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A Christmas cracker stuffed with seasonal films, from It’s a Wonderful Life to The Apartment to Die Hard, is a carefully-curated cornucopia celebrating the genre of the Christmas movie with clips of classics and hidden gems: Scrooge as a film noir, the old Covent Garden - open Every Day Except Christmas; and a grown man dressed as an Elf. Full of delights, discussions and a quiz or two.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  11. A taste of film

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This taster of forthcoming film courses at City Lit in 2020-21 offers you the chance to think about which ones to take while also providing an opportunity to explore some of the key areas in film studies more generally.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  12. America's Wars: the Vietnam War

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This one-day course provides an overview of the American war in Vietnam.

    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

  13. Transports of delight: London's railway stations

    New
    Course Date: Tue 5 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    London's stations see over 1 billion journeys annually, but the buildings themselves are often ignored. Explore a different station and environs each week, discovering the architecture, history, stories and future of these lifelines of London.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  14. City of words: further adventures

    New
    Course Date: Thu 7 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  15. London's quartiers

    London's quartiers

    Course Date: Fri 8 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Through one introductory session and seven walks, explore some of London’s quartiers – Soho, Mayfair, Covent Garden, Spitalfields, Clerkenwell, St James and Bloomsbury and understand how their very distinct characters were formed. Entrance fees not included. Initial lecture held at City Lit.

    London guide: Sue Jackson. Initail lecture at the City Lit.

    London guide: Sue Jackson.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

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