Literature taster

Course Dates: 17/09/22
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Location: Keeley Street
Do you want to find out how to go about understanding a poem or how to do a close reading of a work of fiction? Come and join us to discover what makes a literature class at City Lit so special.
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Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00

Course Code: HLT63

Available start dates 

Sat, day, 17 Sep - 17 Sep '22

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This short course is designed for you to experience the study of poetry and prose, explored through class readings and discussion in an informal atmosphere.

What will we cover?

We will read and discuss a short story and several poems. Readings will be sent before the course date.

There will be time to discuss the Literature programme offering for September - December 2022.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Begin to feel more confident about what is involved in the literary study of prose and poetry
-Become familiar with the Literature courses on offer at the City Lit for September -December 2022.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The level of the course is introductory and no previous knowledge or experience of literary study is necessary. Anyone with an interest in discussing literature is welcome.

You will need to have an enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts and poems with others.
You will have an interest in the responses of other students to the work discussed.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including tutor-led presentation, group discussion and reading in class.
Readings will be sent beforehand by the tutor.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will be emailed copies of the poems and fiction by the tutor to read before the session. The tutor will provide copies on the day. Bring a pen & notepad or a tablet for notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please see our range of Literature courses under History, Culture and Writing/Literature on the website at

Patricia Sweeney

Patricia Sweeney is Programme Coordinator for Literature and Film at City Lit, with specialist teaching interests in American cultural studies, modern and contemporary literature, drama and film adaptation. In addition to her work at City Lit, Patricia has taught literature courses for the Open University and Literature, Drama and Film courses for Birkbeck, University of London.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.