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. Britain and the swinging sixties?

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the decade 1960-69 from several different angles and discus the political, social, cultural and scientific changes that took place during the decade. Can we call this decade the ‘swinging sixties’.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  2. The Odyssey reading group (in translation)

    The Odyssey reading group (in translation)

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Homer’s epic tale of Odysseus’ journey home after the Trojan War may now be over 2,500 years old but it still has much to tell us about the Ancient Greek world that is still relevant today. Explore this great work in translation.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  3. Travel writing workshop

    Travel writing workshop

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make travelling pay. Find out what travel editors of newspapers and magazines look for, and learn how to get a commission, write a saleable article and get your trip financed. Receive practical advice on identifying suitable outlets and contacting editors.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  4. Greek myths: ancient truths, modern mystery

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Myth permeated all aspects of ancient society and much the same can be said today. Investigate the relevance and perseverance of the Greek myth and why these tales continue to fascinate.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  5. Chaucer's London talk and walk

    Chaucer's London talk and walk

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Spend a morning looking at life in fourteenth century London followed by a walk and talk around the medieval City.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  6. Ancient Greek poetry reading group (in translation) - Sappho

    Ancient Greek poetry reading group (in translation)

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are still well-loved, but other archaic Greek poets’ surviving works are equally fascinating. Explore the world and works of Hesiod, Archilochus, Sappho, Pindar and others.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  7. Writing memoir: a taster

    Writing memoir: a taster

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Cesspools, latrines and drains: sanitation in London 1400-1650

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did Londoners access clean water and dispose of waste? How many public toilets were there before 1500? Explore the history of drains, sewage and latrines in pre-modern London.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  9. Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies. Photo: Giovanni Dall'Orto

    Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies

    Course Date: Fri 19 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Muslim societies in modern times: the reception of modern ideas and institutions, the status of traditional practices, debates around the nation state, democracy, gender, identity, globalisation and extremism. Tutor: Farid Panjwani.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  10. The Aztecs

    The Aztecs

    Course Date: Fri 19 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover one of the great New World civilisations and their achievements - the Aztecs of Mexico.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 20 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction. Develop your writing and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives, realistic or fantastical.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

    Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

    Course Date: Sat 20 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore interesting, off-beat and diverse approaches to generating verse on this one-day course. Try out cut-ups, found lines, experiments in meter and rhyme, and much more.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Journey in pre-Islamic and early Islamic art and architecture

    Course Date: Sat 20 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this one-day course, we will examine the art and architecture of pre-Islamic Arabia and the role played mainly by Byzantines and Sasanians in the development of Islamic art.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  14. The Old Father-River: the poetry of the Thames from 1500 to the present day

    Course Date: Sat 20 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Beginning with an idealised, semi-pastoral Thames, the course progresses via satirical 18th. Century evocations to the complex responses of Romantic and Modern poets, concluding with a meditation commissioned for the inauguration of the Millennium Bridge.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  15. Writing for blogs: a taster

    Writing for blogs: a taster

    Course Date: Sat 20 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Got a passion, a journey or an obsession to share? Blogging is the perfect medium through which to share your interests with the world. This one-day workshop teaches the essential skills required to write blogposts that will resonate.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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