History, culture & writing

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. Comedy sketch writing

    Comedy sketch writing

    Course Date: Sun 21 Oct 2018
    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

  2. Film at the BFI: Comedy double acts - Like two peas in a pod

    Course Date: Tue 23 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    From Laurel and Hardy to Poehler and Fey, comedy double acts have brought the gift of laughter to the screen. Explore the comedy world of pratfalls, puns and punchlines and discover why we laugh.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Travel writing

    Travel writing

    Course Date: Wed 24 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make travelling pay. Find out what travel editors of newspapers and magazines look for, how to get a commission, write a saleable article and get your trip financed. Practical advice on identifying suitable outlets and contacting editors.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  4. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Course Date: Wed 24 Oct 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. Emmanuel Macron: from his rise to the face-off with the unions

    Course Date: Thu 25 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One year before the 2017 election, few believed Macron could win and become president. What made his victory possible? Since then his many reforms have been both welcome and rejected by French people. At time of growing tensions, where is France heading? Explore these ideas on this one-off interactive lecture course. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £8.00

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    Writing horror for the screen

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  7. Votes for Women - the Aftermath: women, politics and 'feminine' issues, 1918-1939

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    But what did happen after enfranchisement? Aspects explored include adjusting to peace, women as voters and parliamentary candidates, policies pursued by those elected and women’s involvement in social/political campaigns, pacifism and response to international developments.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  8. Dubliners: a taste of James Joyce through two short stories

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dip into James Joyce in a dynamic one-day course with two selections from Dubliners. We will consider the nature of paralysis and epiphany in ‘Two Sisters’ and ‘The Dead’. Please read these in preparation.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. Writing situation comedy for TV

    Writing situation comedy for TV

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the fundamental techniques for writing situation comedy for TV. Learn how to set up your own comic world, fill it with characters, and tell your story through well-crafted scenes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. From Indochina to Algeria: the fall of the French colonial empire

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the aftermath of the Second World War, France lost in less than two decades most of its colonies. Some, in Africa, gained independence peacefully but others, Indochina and Algeria, only achieved it after prolonged and bloody wars with dramatic consequences. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  11. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 28 Oct 2018 (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

  12. Thinking through philosophy: a guide

    Course Date: Mon 29 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is morality and what is it based on? Is the mind a ghost in the machine?

    What can I really know? This is a beginner’s introduction to how philosophy tackles questions like these and many others.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Anthropology: humans and their cultures

    Course Date: Mon 29 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will examine differences in social structure and cultural attitudes to address ideas of development, tradition and resistance to change recorded by anthropologists. The course is designed to complement 'Beginners' anthropology'.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. Short story reading group: classics to contemporary

    Course Date: Mon 29 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us in sharing feelings about, and reactions to, a selection of classic and contemporary short stories. Please come to the first session having read Guy De Maupassant’s ‘The Necklace’ and Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Good Country People’ (supplied by the tutor). Meetings on 29 Oct, 3 December, 4 Feb, 11 March, 13 May and 24 June.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

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