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. Academic writing: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    What is academic writing? What makes a different from journalism, or commentary or prose? On this course you will be introduced to the basics of academic writing. You'll find out how to begin writing in the right style for university students, researchers, and academics, and how to change your own writing style so that it fits this essential register.

    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

  2. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Feb 2021 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive one-day course. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination.

    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

  3. Oliver Cromwell: an introduction to the Protectorate era

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    What is the significance of Oliver Cromwell for British history? On this one-day workshop we will explore Cromwell’s brief rule as the ‘Good Constable’ of the Commonwealth during the 1653-1658 Protectorate era.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. Craft focus: dialogue in fiction

    Craft focus: dialogue in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Show rather than tell through quality dialogue. This short course will explore ways to develop that all-important ‘ear for dialogue’ through writing exercises and analysis of proven techniques. Please note: this course will have a 2-hr break from 12:30-14:30.

    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

  5. Life and times of George II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    George II is perhaps best remembered as the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle and also as the

    instigator of the custom of standing for the Hallelujah Chorus in Handel’s Messiah. His reign marked the high point of

    Handel’s career which the King did much to promote but also saw other great achievements in British culture with the art of Hogarth and the works of Pope and Swift. In politics, Robert Walpole created the post of Prime Minister and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rebellion was the last attempt by the Stuarts to regain power and made him into an instant legend. Towards the end of the reign men like Pitt, Wolfe and Clive laid the foundations of the British empire whilst the Agricultural Revolution was transforming British society.

    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

  6. How America replaced Britain in the Middle East 1945-2003

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course charts the post 1945 entrance of the United States into the Middle East and the power struggle which ensued with Britain as a consequence. The course pierces the official discourse on the transatlantic relationship and provides a different perspective on how to understand and explain the volatile politics of the region. Tutor: Noman Hanif.

    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

  7. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 15 Feb 2021 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Develop both your ideas and your technique.

    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: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  8. How to get published

    How to get published

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 15 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    So you've finished your novel. What's next? This short course provides guidance in submitting to agents and publishers, and helps you to tailor your work to maximise its potential in the marketplace.

    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: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  9. Exploring Medieval Literature: Viking Sagas

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 15 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The Norse or Icelandic Sagas might be the greatest literature from the medieval period. They are prose tales, mostly written in medieval Iceland. They concern the histories and myths of Northern Europe. This course looks at some principal tales – about poets, gods, heroes - and farmers with super powers!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. What's the Big Idea?: classic and contemporary short stories

    Course Date: Mon 15 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Read and discuss two short stories a week for six weeks – discuss and explore what we understand might be the writers intentions, and what it means for us as readers – which can be quite different. Join us in sharing feelings about, and reactions to, a selection of classic and contemporary short stories and how they withstand the shifting context of readers, and time. For the first session we will read "Ivy Day in the Committee Room" by James Joyce (from Dubliners) and "Ivy Day in the Committee Room" by Eimear McBride (2014), a contemporary response.

    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: £79.00

  11. Understanding key concepts on race and racism for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 16 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course dips into history, politics and sociology to help you better understand and talk about race and racism.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. Philosophy and feminism

    Course Date: Tue 16 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Contemporary philosophy has seen a rise in interest in feminist issues. Whilst all feminists are committed to gender equality, they tend to have different conceptions of and approaches to achieving egalitarian gender relations.

    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: £79.00

  13. Introduction to journalism

    Introduction to journalism

    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    How do you become a freelance journalist? Discover the basic skills a journalist needs to write and sell news and features to newspapers, magazines, blogs and other online publications. From developing ideas and identifying outlets to interview skills and approaching editors. Led by well-established journalist and coach Susan Grossman. Suitable for those looking to refresh their skills and bloggers.

    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: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  14. Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This short introductory course explores the core elements of creative non-fiction across genres such as travel writing, the personal essay and life writing. On this course you will start to produce your own works of creative non-fiction.

    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: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  15. The Dreyfus Affair and its legacy

    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Miscarriage of justice, anti-Semitism, reason of state and ultimately triumph of justice. There is more to the Dreyfus

    Affair though, an event that polarised French society like few before and is at the heart of modern France.

    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: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

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