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]

  1. The US presidents who made the post-war world

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Five American Presidents (Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) shaped the post-War world both in their own country and beyond. America changed hugely during the thirty years of their presidencies and each of them played an important part in that. In the same way, the Cold War and various conflicts shaped an emergence from historical isolationism to a truly global power.

    NOTE: Break Week - no class session on 14/05/2019. Tutors: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  2. From the 1880s to the 1930s: how the new East End was born

    From the 1880s to the 1930s: how the new East End was born

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In an area branded 'the hell of poverty', libraries, theatres, art galleries and social housing were established. Workers went on strike and activists campaigned for better lives. Walk through six tumultuous decades of change.

    The course will begin with an initial lecture at Build followed by six walks.

    Last session held at Build.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  3. Discovering Victorian London: empire, enterprise and education

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorian London shaped today's city. Discover the lasting legacy of the Victorian age, uncover its secrets, and meet

    some of the characters who created one of the world's greatest cities. NB. Initial lecture at Build.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  4. Writing for children (continuation)

    Writing for children (continuation)

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue to explore writing for different age groups and genres of contemporary children's fiction on this practical and interactive course. This course focuses much more on the nuts and bolts of writing, focusing on issues such as theme, viewpoint and structure in the context of children's fiction. You will need to have completed a ‘Writing for children’ course before joining this class.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  5. Television screenwriting

    Television screenwriting

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to write a drama script for television? What do you write and where do you start? Through exercises and examples this course will assist you in developing your own projects.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  6. The 60 minute writer

    The 60 minute writer

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Fit creative writing into your busy day: a relaxed, informal rolling programme for writers of all levels of experience who enjoy being thrown new ideas and experimenting with poetry and prose.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  7. Short story writing

    Short story writing

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback from an experienced author.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  8. Writing for children: workshop

    Writing for children: workshop

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  9. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Review 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  10. Post-revolutionary America: the Federal Period (1781-1815)

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Post-Revolutionary America was a time of unity as well as competition between the former colonies. This course will examine the founding of the new nation, from a confederation of states to a federal state under a constitution. We will consider the relationship between states and the federal government, as well as government and the people, through the changes and developments from the Articles of Confederation, the controversies over the Constitution, to the framers and founders of the new nation, many of whom would go on to hold positions in the new government.

    NOTE: Break Week - no class session on Wednesday, 29 May 2019.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  11. French fictions: found in translation

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 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, Sartre's La Nausee and Duras's L'Amant.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  12. Wordsworth: the Prelude -'The growth of a poet's mind'

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Prelude is Wordsworth’s ultimate testimony, offering a richly varied poetic autobiography. We shall discuss extracts from each of the poem’s 13 books to gain a sense of the complexity and coherence of Wordsworth’s achievement.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  13. Continuity and change in medieval Jerusalem

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using a selection of primary sources, this interactive lecture-based course will examine the history of 12th century Jerusalem: its sensational and bloody fall to the army of the First Crusade in 1099; its Christian transformation under the Crusader kings; its conquest under Saladin in 1187, and the changes that were then made to the city and the life of its people. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  14. Global critical issues: discussion group

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues that impact people globally? Then join this couse for a lively, informed discussion about events that are shaping our world.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  15. Advanced screenwriting

    Advanced screenwriting

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Continue to explore the secrets of successful screenplays and receive feedback on your draft project in this rigorous workshop. Suitable for experienced screenwriters with some years experience and a complete or near-complete draft of a screenplay.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

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