Literature taster

Course Dates: 09/12/23
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Location: Online
Do you want to explore how to go about understanding a poem? How to do a close reading of a work of fiction? Come and find out what makes a literature class at City Lit so special.

The course also presents an overview of our literature offering for term two in fiction, poetry, drama and literary non-fiction (January to April 2024).
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00

Course Code: HLT206

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Sat, day, 09 Dec - 09 Dec '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This short course offers you the opportunity to experience studying a poem and a short story through class readings and discussion in an informal atmosphere.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

A selection of poems and a short story will be explored, giving you a taste of what it's like to take a Literature course at City Lit. Readings will be sent in advance of the session.

We will also discuss the Literature programme offering for the Spring term - January to March 2024.

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 fiction and poetry
-Feel more confident about discussing fiction and poetry with others.

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 Literature is necessary. Anyone
with an interest in discussing literature is welcome.

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, readings in class and group discussion.

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

The tutor will provide all materials and these will be sent to you to read before the session.

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

Look up Literature courses on our website under History, Culture and Writing/Literature at

Patricia Sweeney

Patricia Sweeney is Programme Coordinator for Literature at City Lit. She has been working in the university and adult education sectors for over 20 years, with specialist teaching interests in American cultural studies, modern and contemporary British and American fiction, drama and film adaptation. In addition to her work at City Lit, Patricia has taught Literature courses for the Open University, Literature, Drama and Film courses for Birkbeck, University of London and contributed to MA and PGCE courses at the Institute of Education, University College 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.