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 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 [email protected]

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  1. The freedom of our crimes: the poetry of WW2 across Europe

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We shall study responses to the war from poets representing several combatant nations. In the process, we shall discover just how impressive and various were their evocations of this terrible and many-faceted conflict.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Staying sane in the world of writing

    Staying sane in the world of writing

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn your setbacks into comebacks on this course designed to help budding authors navigate the often lonely and frustrating world of writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. 'Turbulent priests' in 20th century Britain: 2 - Bishop George Bell and Bishops Mervyn Stockwood and John Robinson

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This self-contained course outlines the life and achievements of each of these bishops, together with the context and significance of the various controversies and longer-term consequences associated with them.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  4. Writing about food: a taster

    Writing about food: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 18 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Love food and want to write about it? There’s never been a better time with so much happening in the world of food - from street food markets and pop-up restaurants to 24-hour fine dining and gourmet takeaways. Explore the opportunities in print and online, including blogs.

    Improve your photographs of food on this related course – Food and drink photography for bloggers

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    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Fact and fiction: the history behind Wolf Hall

    Course Date: Sun 18 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Thomas More. Explore the personal and political lives of the real historical figures brought vividly to life in Hilary Mantel’s fiction. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. American science fiction and society

    Course Date: Tue 20 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines North American literature from the science-fiction genre, written in the 1980s, that addresses issues of race, gender, violence and power. Includes Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Kindred, by Octavia Butler and selected short fiction from the period.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  7. Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 22 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    New to writing poetry? This inspiring short course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  8. Digital contemporary poetry: platforms and practices for the modern-day poet

    Digital contemporary poetry: platforms and practices for the modern-day poet

    Course Date: Sat 24 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The digital world has opened up a universe of opportunity for budding poets, but how do writers make the most of this constantly changing platform? Find out on our Digital contemporary poetry workshop.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. How to impress a publisher

    How to impress a publisher

    Course Date: Sat 24 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Publishing insider Lisa Goll offers expert advice on how to impress a publisher, work with agents and become a star author.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Writing political comedy

    Writing political comedy

    Course Date: Sat 24 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    When it comes to subjects for comedy, the news media never seems to run out. Learn to write political comedy from pithy one liners to satirical columns and monologues using techniques from professional comedy script writers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Hollywood cinema and genre

    Course Date: Sat 24 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From westerns, gangster and horror films to screwball comedies, melodramas, hardboiled detective films and more, explore popular American cinema, past and present, through a range of genres that have evolved with each of Hollywood’s eras.



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    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. The power of setting

    The power of setting

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This taster workshop teaches students how to use setting to enrich their stories.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Native American culture and women

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The role of Native North American women in history and culture. Largely dismissed as secondary figures in North

    American history, the course will reveal the significant place that women had in historical and political affairs both

    internally and in diplomacy. Tutor: Max Carocci.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. Orpheus – life after death

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Unlike other Greek heroes, Orpheus was basically peaceful. He braved the Underworld and was one of the Argonauts. Ever since he has been a major influence for artists and composers.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Television screenwriting: an introduction

    Television screenwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to write for an ongoing TV drama or pitch your own idea for a television series? Examine the structure of an episodic television drama and explore approaches to the genre.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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