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. Writing great child characters

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write your way to compelling and convincing child characters that truly connect with your readers, in this fun, interactive session.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Memoir: a taster at the British Library

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Do you have a personal story to tell that will move, delight, stir and inform readers? This exciting new partnership with the British Library guides students who are just starting to plan and craft a memoir.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  3. Comedy sketch writing

    Comedy sketch writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the art of creating a great comedy sketch. Study the brilliance of classic sketches and learn how to deploy their techniques in your own work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this fun but informative day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. British gothic cinema

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore British gothic cinema from its origins in low budget thrillers of the 1930s and dark noirs of the 1940s to its heyday from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, and consider the ways in which it offers a cinematic experience of the gothic quite unlike that of Hollywood.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. Emperor Maximillian and his world

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will look life and times of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I whose marriage alliances ushered in the golden age of Spain and saw the rise of the Habsburgs dynasty.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. Images from City Lit's 2017 Writing Forum

    Writing forum 2019: Rising voices – diversity on the page

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    It's an exciting time to be a reader and writer as so many more voices and stories are finding their way to the page. Join the Writing department this November for a special one-off forum where we will explore and celebrate diversity in contemporary writing. Keynote speaker: Kit de Waal.
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. The use and abuse of history in 20th century wars and conflicts

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will investigate the way in which memory and the past is utilised during times of conflict.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  9. Craft focus: scenes in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Lights, camera, action! Scenes in fiction are essentially no different to those in film. They both make us watch as action unfolds, as a story is moved closer to its conclusion. In this one-day course you'll learn about this essential unit of fiction craft and develop scenes that will grab readers' attention.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Writing for blogs: a taster

    Writing for blogs: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Dec 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  11. The presidency of Macron from his election to the Gilets Jaunes

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One year before 2017, few believed Macron could become president. Since then his reforms have been both welcome and rejected. At the forefront of the opposition is an unforeseen and unprecedented movement: the Gilets Jaunes. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  12. Introduction to Islam: historical emergence, current issues

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Dec 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course is about exploring Muslim history: What is Islam? Who is a Muslim? Explore these questions through a study of the Quran, the Prophet and the socio-political and religious developments in the early history of Muslims. You may discover that there is more than meets the eye.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  13. Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Dec 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    All fiction must speak to us as readers. It must communicate atmosphere and plot, character and layers of meaning. Naturally, this means it must have a 'voice,' a complex mix of elements that, together, give the piece its unique identity. In this one-day course learn what 'voice' really means in fiction and how to develop a voice for your story that can capture the attention of readers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Dec 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Turn your great idea into a short story on this fun practical course. Through a series of inspiring exercises, you'll be introduced to some key fiction writing techniques and encouraged to draft a short story from beginning to end in two days. Suitable for beginners who are comfortable learning at a fast pace.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  15. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Dec 2019 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction in this fun course for fiction writing beginners and those interested in writing fiction from life. Develop your writing skills and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives, realistic or fantastical.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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