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 [email protected]

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Images from Build'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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Create your first poetry collection

    Create your first poetry collection

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Dec 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You've written and workshopped your poetry, and now you're ready to create your first collection. But where do you begin with that process? This day workshop offers instruction and advice on putting together your first poetry collection.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Writing the family

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever thought about crafting your family history into an engaging narrative that will delight and move readers? This thought-provoking day workshop tackles the challenges of writing about family life and offers writers guidance on shaping personal stories into a coherent arc.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Jump start your play

    Jump start your play

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you got a script idea but not yet put pen to paper? Or a script you started long ago but never finished? This intensive one-day course is like a dramaturgy bootcamp. You’ll inject some new energy into your idea – and get a headstart at writing it. A perfect motivator to finally fulfill those playwriting resolutions, suitable only for those with playwriting experience.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  16. A Dickens of a time: the making of the Victorian Christmas

    Course Date: Tue 10 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Christmas was of limited significance in the 1830s but that changed fundamentally during Queen Victoria’s reign. We explore why this was so together with the origins of all that made/makes for the traditional Christmas season.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  17. Film taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore some of the themes you can expect to encounter on Build film classes. This taster of forthcoming classes offers you the chance to decide which course to take while discussing the value and impact of film study.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  18. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - 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 find out what makes a literature class at Build so special.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  19. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered what philosophy is? What do philosophers talk about? Can they tell you the meaning of life or is it just jargon and navel gazing? Come along and find out.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  20. Great voyages from Greek and Roman myths - Jason, Odysseus and Aeneas

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A detailed examination of the voyages and their fantastical encounters relating them to reality. Includes visit to the British Museum.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  21. Craft focus: character in fiction (advanced techniques)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In fiction, character and plot are inseparable elements of craft. Without characters in stories there can be no action, and without characters acting there can be no plot. In this advanced course you'll deepen your understanding of how to develop characters that can drive a narrative forward and deepen its themes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  22. American Liberalism from FDR to Obama

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of liberalism in American politics and how the ideology has evolved over time.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  23. William Blake: 'Eternity's sun rise'

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss Blake’s epic attempt to encourage us to throw off our “mind-forg’d manacles”. A representative selection of his writings (and most potent images) – from the Songs to The Four Zoas – will be considered.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  24. Jane Austen: 'The debt to pleasure'

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Too often seen as mere costume drama, Jane Austen’s innovatory novels stimulate profound insights into our ethical quandaries. We shall explore how Austen achieves this in three major works – Northanger Abbey, Persuasion and Mansfield Park.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  25. Craft focus: mastering descriptive language

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Descriptive language can provide texture and clarity to a story, promoting reader engagement and a sensory experience that lingers long after the text has been read. In this short course learn how to create vivid descriptions with sentences that will elevate your prose. This course will support writers of fiction and non-fiction.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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