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.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses.

For a limited time new students can get 20% off their first online course using code CITYLIT20. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

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  1. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 21 May 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Continue your screenwriting journey in this practical intermediate online course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  2. Write a short story in a week

    Course Date: Mon 1 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Turn your great idea into a short story on this practical online course. Through a series of fun and inspiring exercises, you'll be introduced to some key fiction writing techniques and encouraged to draft a short story from beginning to end in five days. Suitable for beginners who are comfortable learning at a fast pace.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  3. Hollywood musicals: stars, studios and spectacle

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 1 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What is it about musicals, the genre that won’t go away? From depression-era escapism to postmodern appropriation, musicals adapted to the times. This all-singing, all-dancing course ranges from 'Broadway Melody' to 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Let’s face the music & dance.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  4. Trouble in paradise: the American suburban novel

    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The American suburb was supposed to be a kind of haven – an oasis of marital calm and tranquillity. It didn’t always turn out that way…Trouble in Paradise explores three books that probe the darkness behind the picket fence and manicured lawn: John Updike’s Rabbit Run, Anne Tyler’s The Amateur Marriage and Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  5. Six modern poets

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the work of six giants of modern poetry – from Hardys’ moving reflections on love, through TS Eliot’s revolutionary modernism, to Larkin, Heaney, Robert Frost and the confessional poems of Anne Sexton.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. Contemporary American literature - Philip Roth

    Contemporary American literature

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 11 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore how writers of the American literary scene voice the concerns of modern society, reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the contemporary American character. Journey through 'An American Marriage' by Tayari Jones, 'A Gate at the Stairs' by Lorrie Moore and 'On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous' by Ocean Vuong.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  7. The Robber Barons of America's Gilded Age

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The industrialists of late 19-century America were pejoratively known as the ‘Robber Barons’. These men massed fortunes, creating companies that would come to transform America’s new frontier. We explore these men, the industrial empires they created and their legacies.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  8. Spain in the twentieth century

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Civil war, dictatorship and democracy – how Spain’s past, present and future clashed on key issues including democracy, fascism, Catalan separatism, conservatism and the Catholic church and the drive for modernisation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  9. World history: a tour beyond the eurocentric

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 22 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Arguably, the media’s relentless blasting of one global crisis after another tell us that we must think globally. Yet, how do we go about that with regards to history? Do we think only about the global past or do we situate our understanding in the global present? And if we can even agree on that, do we give primacy to oceans, empires and imperialism, technology and arms, trade and finances, power and resistance, people or systems, or all of them? Where we grow up, how our societies are organised and relate to the past in different ways also influence how we think about the world and its history. In some communities and societies, the past comes alive through generational family and kinship narratives rather than the nation (as we in most European societies consider the norm). These issues complicate how to do world history. In this course, we take therefore on this challenge.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

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