History, culture & writing

History, Culture & Writing

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 studiescreative 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. Isis, Mithras and Christ: iconography and mythology
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    An introduction to the essential belief structures, iconography, and mythology of three widespread ancient religions of the Roman world: Isis, the mystery cult devoted to Mithras and Christ.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  2. The Emergence of Barbarian Europe, 250-800 AD
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    In 400 AD, the Roman Empire covered roughly the same area as it had in 100 AD. By 500 AD, all the Western Provinces of the Empire had been overrun by barbarians. Britain had vanished into a long darkness. Rome itself was ruled by a barbarian king. Over the next few centuries, there would be a fusion of Roman and barbarian culture, mediated and often imposed by the Roman Catholic Church. From this fusion, all the modern nation states of Western Europe date their emergence.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  3. Writing fiction
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £80.00
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  4. Writing about food
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Love food and want to write about it? Whether you’re keen to review dishes, interview chefs or write about sustainable eating, now is your chance. This course will cover writing for established publications, websites and, of course, blogs.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £72.00
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  5. Developing your screenwriting
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Continue your screenwriting journey in this practical intermediate 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 ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £80.00
    Rating:
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  6. Living and dying in 14th Century England
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Was it a poker or prayer that killed Edward II? His great-grandson, Richard II, produced the first English cookery book and yet he was also deposed and murdered. Were his recipes that bad?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £70.00
  7. Ways into playwriting
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage in this introductory course. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £80.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  8. Developing your creative writing
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This supportive intermediate course for writers with some experience will provide inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice. This course welcomes those interested in writing poetry and prose.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £80.00
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  9. More current affairs
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Continue your exploration of current affairs through lively, informed discussion. Run as a tutor-moderated discussion group of current news events. This course follows on from 'Current affairs' but new students are welcome. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £74.00
    Rating:
    88% of 100
  10. Modern France: from the Paris Commune to the Vichy Regime
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    After uncertain beginnings, the Third republic managed to survive numerous crises until the defeat of 1940 sealed its fate. (Re)discover this exciting period, its actors and how their policies shaped modern France.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £70.00
  11. Public Enemies, Screen Heroes: the gangster film
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Forever associated with American cinema, the gangster film is also a major genre in European and East Asian cinemas. Through a range of examples this course explores the gangster film in American, British, French and Japanese cinema, looking at themes such as the representation of the gangster, violence, masculinity and style, and the key features of the genre in each of these production contexts.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
  12. Ancient world civilisations
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The course looks at major ancient civilisations around the world. Offering a fresh perspective on the emergence of states, chiefdoms and empires, the ten lessons will examine relationships and influences between settled and nomadic peoples.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
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    90% of 100
  13. Picture book writing: advanced
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Would you like to workshop, edit and polish your picture book texts for young children? This course is designed for advanced picture book writers wishing to hone and improve their own stories. Explore ideas and learn techniques through peer and tutor workshop activities.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £64.00
  14. Craft focus: grammar, syntax, and style for creative writers
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Great poetry and prose begin when the writer puts the right words in the right places. Learn how and why the rules and conventions of language matter in this new course, which combines creative writing with opportunities to learn/revise essential points of grammar and useful literary concepts. Suitable for beginning writers looking to build confidence, and those with more experience who would like to practise these essential skills.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £72.00
  15. Modernist Manifestoes: 1880 - 1939
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The word manifesto implies the creation of a new reality – perhaps the more improbable the better – through the act of speech. This course examines the manifestoes and movements of the modernist period (late-19th and early-20th centuries), which sought to radically redefine the possibilities of art, politics and life.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00

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