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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Reading for children's writers

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore recently published successful books for children, mainly by UK authors, and produce your own writing inspired by them. The course will cover pictures books, middle grade and young adult. You can choose to read for all ages or focus on one.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  2. Ireland under the Union: 1798-1914

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the background to and experience of Ireland under the Union, including Catholic Emancipation, the Great Famine and Ulster Unionism together with cultural, revolutionary and reformist movements culminating in the demand for Home Rule.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  3. Introduction to political philosophy

    Introduction to political philosophy

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What are the ends and means of politics? Interweaving modern history and politics with key philosophical texts, study and debate the ideas, ideologies and concepts underpinning our thinking about the organisation of society.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  4. Introduction to ethics

    Introduction to moral philosophy

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What’s the right thing to do? But what does ‘right’ actually mean? And what reason do I have to do it? Join us as we grapple with these fundamental questions. No class on Tues 23rd October.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  5. Writing for children

    Writing for children

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Always wanted to write a children's book? This practical course will develop your ability to write for different age groups and genres of contemporary children's fiction.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £389.00
    Senior fee: £389.00
    Concession: £156.00

  6. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Lovers of fiction can develop their creative writing skills on this practical intermediate course. You'll explore the fundamentals of fiction writing craft such as character and structure, and unlock your imagination to produce compelling prose. Suitable for those with some creative writing experience.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  7. Television screenwriting

    Television screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to write a drama script for television? What do you write and where do you start? Through exercises and examples this course will assist you in developing your own projects.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  8. Creative non-fiction

    Creative non-fiction

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  9. Medieval London

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course explores the forces that shaped London between the coming of the Normans and the age of

    the Tudors.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  10. The essay - academic writing

    The essay - academic writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  11. Advanced creative non-fiction: turning experience into art

    Advanced creative non-fiction: turning experience into art

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Weave the rich strands of your personal experience into an intricate story that will entertain and educate readers. Ideal if you've attended 'Creative non-fiction' or already have a specific project planned out.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  12. Advanced playwriting

    Advanced playwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  13. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  14. How to read a film: a beginners' guide to cinema

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will develop your critical appreciation of the cinema by teaching you how to read and understand film texts. We will look at the elements that underpin film form – narrative, mise en scène, cinematography, editing and sound – alongside its historical development. We will consider film style by exploring classical, post-classical and art cinema and we will examine influential critical modes of analysis, such as genre, authorship and spectatorship.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

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

    Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

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