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. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Oct 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

  2. Writing photo-fiction: telling stories with words and images

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Photographs are often used as inspiration for writing, but what if you want to include them in your stories? This course will focus on how to blend the visual element of photography with the textual element of writing to create compelling 'photo-fiction.'.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Crime and punishment in Hampstead from the 17th century to the present day

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Over the centuries Hampstead and Hampstead Heath have witnessed many dramatic and horrifying events. From highway men and hangings, to murders, executions and fatal accidents, this walk explores some of the stories of people involved in horrible happenings in Hampstead as well as some of the places set up for policing law and order. We start at Hampstead Tube Station and finish by Hampstead Heath Over-ground Station.

    London guide: Marilyne Greene. We start at Hampstead Tube Station and finish by Hampstead Heath Over-ground Station.

    London guide: Marilyne Greene.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  4. 60 years of revolution: Cuba and the United States

    60 years of revolution: Cuba and the United States

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 2019, sixty years after Fidel Castro's rebel army overthrew an American-backed dictatorship, the US and Cuba are at a cross-roads: the Castro era now over; the Trump administration threatening to return to a Cold War footing. This one day course will reveal how we got here — via sugar cane fires and exploding cigars. It will use photography, film clips and primary sources to bring to life the stories that made that that history — and to ask, what happens next?
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. Micro-memoir: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 25 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fleeting glimpses. Missed trains. Unforgettable goodbyes. A life is measured in moments as well as momentus occasions. This fun day workshop coaches students in the art of micro-memoir. Can you write about an instant that changed you in 200 words or less?
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  6. The Dreyfus affair and its legacy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Miscarriage of justice, anti-Semitism, reason of state and ultimately triumph of justice. There is more to the Dreyfus Affair though, an event that polarised French society like few before and is at the heart of modern France. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. The myth of Faust in Goethe and Marlowe

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The myth of the Medieval scholar exchanging his life to satisfy his thirst for knowledge features in several European

    plays and novels. We will look at two interpretations of this story, Goethe’s Faust (Part I) and Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. From Mechanics Institute to Open University: adult education in England from the 1820s to the 1960s

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Marking the Build centenary, coverage of the subject includes Mechanics Institutes, working people’s colleges and the university extension movement together with local authority provision, the Workers’ Educational Association and origins of the Open University.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  9. Craft focus: character in fiction

    Craft focus: character in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    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 learn how to tackle complex issues in characterisation and understand how character can function as a structural element in fiction.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Writing horror - Image courtesy of mothmedia.co.uk

    Writing horror for the screen

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    As Halloween approaches, unleash your terrifying idea for a script onto the world with this intensive writing horror for the screen workshop. Suitable for beginning screenwriters and all those with an interest in the horror genre.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019 (and 10 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive one-day course. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Heavenly journeys

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore imaginative literature from the ancient world concerned with ‘souls journeys’ and the experience of otherworldly journeys and visions in Jewish texts arising form the Hellenistic period and the Greco-Roman world, as well as early Christian and Muslim texts.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  13. What is History?

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores some different ways of looking at, and understanding, history.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  14. The Etruscans

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the mysterious people who lived in Central Italy and ended up being enveloped by the Romans.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  15. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your ideas for children's stories in a practical interactive session. Topics will include plot, characterisation and viewpoint, and how to approach the children's publishing industry today.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  16. Writing horror: a beginners’ guide

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Where does terror begin? This fun day workshop explores the core elements of the horror genre so you can walk in the footsteps of writers like Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson and Stephen King.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  17. Writing political comedy

    Writing political comedy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    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

  18. Old Norse poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dwarves, Valkyries, heroes, skulls, ale, and the end of the world: it can only be Old Norse poetry, written during the medieval period in Iceland and Scandinavia.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  19. Submitting your poetry to magazines

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 1 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Taught by the editor of Southbank Poetry, this short course is designed to guide students on submitting their poetry to magazines, journals and websites for publications.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  20. Celebrating in Ancient Egypt

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  21. Shamanism in art: an anthropological approach

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores how shamanism and visual cultures converge in art practice, and the reasons for this successful combination.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

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    Self-publishing: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to publish your own novel, poetry / short story collection, memoir or non-fiction book? Self-publishing allows you to keep full creative control of your project. But how do you give your book the best chance of achieving high sales and what does a writer need to consider when taking the giant leap of publishing their own book? This course offers students introductory information on the world of self-publishing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  23. Online journalism: pitching and writing for modern media

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With the dawn of online media outlets, there are more opportunities than ever before for writers to showcase their talent to the world. This day workshop guides students in successfully writing and pitching news and features to multiple digital channels.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  24. Introduction to biblical interpretation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover and explore key principles in interpreting the Bible and apply them to key texts from the Old and New Testament.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  25. An introduction to poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always wanted to read and discuss poetry? Enjoy this introduction to a range of poetry from the last 400 years and explore how the poets shape our responses.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

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