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. Build gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Build gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at Build. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From: £10.00

  2. Literary evening lectures: In all weathers: atmosphere in Thomas Hardy's novels

    Course Date: Fri 24 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and enjoy monthly talks and discussion on authors and literary topics that influenced and continue to impact on our understanding of prose, poetry and drama. This month's lecture will be given by Dr.Hugh Epstein:

    'In All Weathers: Atmosphere in Thomas Hardy's Novels'.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  3. Approaching an agent

    Approaching an agent

    Course Date: Sat 25 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop, designed for authors who have finished their manuscript, offers practical advice on finding and approaching a literary agent.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Masters of cinema: Lynn Ramsey

    Course Date: Sat 25 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We need to talk about Lynne Ramsay, the most celebrated British filmmaker of a generation that includes Clio Barnard, Carole Morley and Andrea Arnold. Technique and themes common to her four feature films from Ratcatcher to You Were Never Really Here.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Bob Dylan: 'busy being born'

    Course Date: Sat 25 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For over 50 years, Bob Dylan has shown mercurial delight in striking out in unpredictable directions. We shall track the remarkable unfolding of his career, from classic Sixties compositions to his most recent album, Tempest (2012).
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Create your first poetry collection

    Create your first poetry collection

    Course Date: Sat 25 May 2019
    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

  7. Writing a short film

    Writing a short film

    Course Date: Sun 26 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a script for a short film over two days? This short course offers an insight into the fundamentals of screenwriting through tutor input, writing exercises, group work and discussion.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  8. Writing children's poetry

    Writing children's poetry

    Course Date: Sun 26 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this interactive workshop you will be exploring a range of poetic styles for the different age groups. There will be plenty of practical activities, and a chance to perform a poem in a final ‘slam’.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Masters of cinema: Luis Bunuel

    Course Date: Sun 26 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores the immense influence of Buñuel’s films on World cinema. We will experience his visionary approach to filmmaking and storytelling by showing his brilliant and scandalous films.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Craft focus: edit like an expert

    Craft focus: edit like an expert

    Course Date: Sun 26 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop teaches essential editing skills for writers who are self-publishing or submitting their work to editors for consideration.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Course Date: Wed 29 May 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to develop the skills to plan, write and edit picture book texts for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Explore ideas and learn techniques through teacher-led activity and group workshops.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing modern-day romance fiction

    Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing modern-day romance fiction

    Course Date: Thu 30 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a single pen can compose an unforgettable romance novel. This six-week course will chaperone students through the plotting of modern romance stories.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through a series of inspiring and practical exercises, you'll be encouraged to tap into your imagination and draft a story from beginning to end in two days.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  14. The 2011 Arab uprisings and their aftermath

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the complex realities of the 'Arab Spring', the different outcomes emerging in the various Arab states and the aftermath, on this interactive lecture-based course. This interactive lecture course provides an insight into a rapidly changing situation with major implications for the 21st century. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Writing inspiration jam

    Writing inspiration jam

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fun, inspiring day workshop explores the many sources of inspiration available to writers in their everyday lives.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  16. Fashion, clothing and hair: anthropological approaches

    Fashion, clothing and hair: anthropological approaches

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Clothing and dress are universal. This course examines the unique role of dress as symbolic interaction among humans, the only animals that use this kind of behaviour.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  17. Children's Bibles and the Bible in children's books

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course focuses on the impact of the Bible on children’s literature, looking at examples taken from the earliest illustrated children's Bibles, and analysing their impact within the socio-cultural milieu from which they emerged. We will also consider some well-known children’s books in which biblical stories have been used and transformed.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  18. Rom-coms: from Bringing up Baby to Crazy Rich Asians

    Course Date: Sun 2 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The rom-com genre has given audiences some of the most moving and entertaining moments in motion picture history. What can we learn from the representations of relationships on the big screen? What do these films suggest regarding our societal expectations about men and women? Explore the tropes, characterization and deeper messages of films such as Bringing Up Baby, When Harry Met Sally, 27 Dresses and Crazy Rich Asians.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  19. 'We are the masters now': British politics, culture and society, 1945-1958

    Course Date: Mon 3 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture course considers Britain’s political, economic, social and cultural history in an age of Austerity and Affluence. Topics include nationalisation, Indian Independence and Suez alongside war recovery programmes, welfare policies, the arts, consumerism and youth.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  20. The essay - academic writing

    The essay - academic writing

    Course Date: Tue 4 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    A crash course in essay writing – beginnings, middles and ends. Suitable for students on A level and access courses or undergraduates. For full-time students there is a special reduced fee of £27.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00

  21. The medieval muse: Chaucer and the classical world

    Course Date: Tue 4 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Chaucer is known for his wide-ranging subject matter. Influenced by the work of Classical writers, how did this medieval poet engage with the thought and writing of Classical writers, and how did he represent the Classical world?
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  22. French fictions: found in translation

    Course Date: Wed 5 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will be looking at a selection of classic French novels in translation, covering a generous span of time from the 1870s to the 1980s. Titles will include Flaubert's Une Vie Simple, Maupassant's Bel-Ami, Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes, and Duras's L'Amant.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  23. Classics lunchtime talk

    Course Date: Thu 6 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for our new series of talks by leading classicists on a wide variety of topics. This month's topic is: Music and musical instruments in ancient Greece by Filomila Maniati.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £7.00
    Concession: £5.00

  24. Writing historical fiction

    Writing historical fiction

    Course Date: Thu 6 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Is there a historical event, or maybe even in a period in time that you think is rich in great stories? Ever wondered how writers like Hillary Mantel, Phillipa Gregory and C.J. Sansom do it? Dig into the past for inspiration on this course and learn how to create historical fiction that speaks vividly to its period and to a contemporary readership.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  25. Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 6 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    This introductory short course is the perfect starting point for students who are interested in writing in the creative non-fiction genre. The course will cover both practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

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