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. Advanced poetry workshop

    Advanced poetry workshop

    New Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Develop your poetry, taking it in new directions and maturing your poetic voice. Various approaches and techniques will be explored, and new poetry can be workshopped. For experienced poets only.
    Full fee: £219.00

  2. Developing your playwriting

    Developing your playwriting

    New Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue to explore the key elements of dramatic writing, and benefit from supportive and detailed feedback on your own work. New students with some playwriting experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £209.00

  3. Short story writing

    Short story writing

    New Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019 (and 10 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback to develop your writing skills.
    Full fee: £209.00

  4. Writing for children: workshop

    Writing for children: workshop

    New Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    For experienced children's writers, this ongoing workshop offers an opportunity to develop your work-in-progress with constructive feedback from tutor and classmates. You need to have completed a ‘Writing for children’ course before joining this class.
    Full fee: £389.00
    Senior fee: £389.00
    Concession: £156.00

  5. Developing your creative writing

    Developing your creative writing

    New
    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This supportive intermediate course for writers with some experience will provide inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice. This course welcomes those interested in writing poetry and prose.
    Full fee: £209.00

  6. The Greek world: Mediterranean cultures and interactions (3200-323 BCE)

    New
    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and explore life and art in 5th century Athens, the time of Pericles, Alcibiades and Socrates. Includes a visit to the British Museum.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  7. Writing a middle grade book

    Writing a middle grade book

    New
    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the art of writing for Middle Grade (9-12 year olds). Explore what makes a great children's book by analysing the work of successful current authors and produce your own writing inspired by them.
    Full fee: £179.00

  8. East goes West: Pamuk and Kundera

    New
    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What can the visionary journeys of two of the most celebrated and controversial figures in World Literature teach us about the experience of living on the edge, geographically and culturally, of the European continent at the end of the 20th century and today?
    Full fee: £179.00

  9. Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction

    Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction

    New
    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write a murder mystery that will knock readers dead? On this course you'll learn how to plot a murder most horrid and develop your writing to create maximum suspense.
    Full fee: £129.00

  10. Get together and read

    New
    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy talking with other people about the things you have read? Want to share great stories, poems and drama? Come along and join the conversation. The group is led by a shared reading practitioner trained by The Reader Organisation.
    Full fee: £0.00

  11. Developing your poetry

    Developing your poetry

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    For those familiar with the basics of poetic form, this intermediate course explores craft and content through reading exercises, writing exercises and constructive feedback. Ideal if you have already attended 'Ways into poetry'.
    Full fee: £209.00

  12. Shaping the American literary landscape

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover writers who made fiction so potent in the second half of the American century. Includes James Baldwin, John Updike, John Cheever, Tim O'Brien, Joan Didion and Marilynne Robinson.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. Advanced autobiographical writing

    Advanced autobiographical writing

    New
    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A supportive workshop for more experienced writers of autobiography (including fictionalised work or poetry). Close attention to your work, exploration of techniques and discussion of relevant issues. Suitable for students who have an ongoing project and may have attended autobiographical writing courses.
    Full fee: £219.00

  14. Memoir: an introduction

    Memoir: an introduction

    New Evening
    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This six week course will help you plan and craft a memoir that will resonate and inspire.
    Full fee: £109.00

  15. From the Holy Roman Empire to the unification of Germany (Middle Ages to 1871)

    New
    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course offers a broad survey of the German lands over the centuries from the Middle Ages to the Unification of Germany in 1871. Tutor:Rudolf Muhs.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  16. Poetry in the making

    Poetry in the making

    New
    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This workshop is an opportunity to get support and advice in developing and fine-tuning your work, in a culture where new poems will grow. This course is best suited to more experienced poets.
    Full fee: £219.00

  17. Build reading group 1

    Build reading group 1

    New
    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (2017). Monthly meetings on 27 Sept, 25 Oct, 22 Nov; 24 Jan, 21 Feb, 20 March; 8 May, 5 June and 3 July.
    Full fee: £149.00

  18. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    New Evening
    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your screenwriting journey in this practical intermediate course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.
    Full fee: £209.00

  19. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    New
    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dive deeper into the key elements of writing for the theatre, gain fresh critical insight into your own writing, and produce a new draft of your work. This workshop is for experienced playwrights with ongoing projects.
    Full fee: £309.00

  20. American gothic cinema

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at horror, mystery, noir and melodrama, this course explores American gothic cinema from around 1930 to the 1970s. We will consider the genre's striking visuals and recurring themes and narratives while also thinking about ways in which their production reflects Hollywood cinema at different stages of its development.
    Full fee: £59.00

  21. Religion and U.S. history

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of the role of religion in American life from colonial days until the present day.
    Full fee: £59.00

  22. German culture in the 19th century: music, literature, art

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course offers an introduction to the world of German culture between the French Revolution and the First World War, focusing on selected trends and works from music, literature and art.
    Full fee: £59.00

  23. The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Read and discuss some of Keats' poetry in the location in which many of them were written. Explore 'The Odes' and 'The Eve of St. Agnes'. The course takes place at Keats House and is led by literature tutor Jenny Baynes.
    Full fee: £49.00

  24. Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)

    Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The best way to write good short stories is to read a lot of good ones first. Dive into the best of short fiction, explore point-of-view, character and pacing, and begin to apply the lessons learnt to your own writing in this fortnightly course.
    Full fee: £129.00

  25. Novel writing: blended – an online and on-site course

    Novel writing: blended – an online and on-site course

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Got a great idea for a novel? Want to learn how to master major craft elements such as character and plot in the context of long-form fiction, and gain valuable feedback on your writing? This course combines online and face-to-face instruction in six easy-to-digest modules, giving you the support required to get your project started. Ideal for those wishing to begin a novel and those with a novel-in-progress.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

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