Fiction Courses in London

From Dante to DeLillo, revisit classic literature texts and enjoy discovering new writers and adaptations plus share your views in lively classroom discussions.
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  1. British literature 1900-1950: travellers' tales

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the ways in which British writers such as Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf and Christopher Isherwood used ‘travellers’ tales’ to explore themes of identity, history, creativity and transgression in the first half of the twentieth century.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  2. Fiction narratives: how symbols reach our deepest feelings

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes some stories more memorable than others so that, once we’ve read them, we never forget them? We explore how some stories are more powerful and memorable than others because they use symbols which reach directly to our deepest desires and fears.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  3. Contemporary American writing by women

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The American canon is dominated by white, male writers. In this course, we seek to rectify this by exploring the work of women from all backgrounds working across disciplines. Authors include Joan Didion, Alice Walker, Amy Tan and Siri Hustvedt.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  4. Myths and classics retold: from Jean Rhys to Colm Toibin

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will read reworkings of canonical myths and classics including Colm Toibin's House of Names (the Oresteia), Christa Wolf's Cassandra, Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls (The Iliad), John Updike’s Gertrude and Claudius (Hamlet) and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea (Jane Eyre).
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. 19th century American literature

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This class explores 19th century American literature, from slave narratives to the works of the American Renaissance, reading classic texts to broaden knowledge of literary history through a range of influential stories, poems and novels. Among the writers considered will be Irving, Douglass, Whitman, Dickinson, Melville, and Twain.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. London lowlife in fiction

    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore the themes of poverty, politics, gender and ethnicity in London at the end of the 19th century/start of the 20th century through the eyes of writers of fiction, but also through the testimony of their non-fiction contemporaries – social investigators, government officials, journalists and philanthropists.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  7. East goes West: Pamuk and Kundera

    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
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Short story reading group: classics to contemporary

    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us in sharing feelings about, and reactions to, a selection of classic and contemporary short stories where we will be reading "The Destructors" by Graham Greene and "How to Win" by Daisy Johnson. Meetings on 28 Oct, 2 December, 3 Feb, 9 March, 11 May and 22 June.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  9. Writing on the walls: London prose in the late 20th century 1973-1988

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 29 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at a selection of London prose writing from 1973 to 1988, this course explores key trends in literary depictions of the city to have emerged during this time. Including canonical and lesser-known writers, it offers a wide panorama as well as plentiful opportunities for close analysis.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  10. From Maria Edgeworth to George Eliot: the British novel 1780 - 1880

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day course will give an overview of the key developments in the rise of the novel as it became the most popular written form between 1780 and 1880. It will explore different styles and developments in the novel and consider what made it such a success story in this period (and beyond!).
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Masters of style: reading and writing Hemingway

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ernest Hemingway was the master of minimalist short fiction where every word counted. While writing many drafts,

    he pared his writing down to what he felt was 'true'. This day workshop explores the literary interpretations of two of his seminal short stories and writing exercises that encourage you to experiment with Hemingway's style.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out how to go about understanding a poem or how to do a close reading of a work of fiction? Come and find out what makes a literature class at Build so special.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  13. The 'superfluous man' in 19th century literature

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This class explores the subject of the superfluous man in nineteenth-century literature, investigating the origins of the subject in the Romantic movement, its flourishing in masterpieces of nineteenth-century Russian literature, and variations on its character and ideas in European and American literature up to the turn of the twentieth century.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Writing on the Walls: London prose in the late 20th century 1989-2000

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Centring on two of the most significant late twentieth-century London novels, Martin Amis’s London Fields (1989) and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth (2000), this course explores both their wider and more immediate contexts while considering their approach to characterisation, narrative and the on-going relevance of the novel form.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  15. Writing through the Harlem Renaissance: Cane & The Invisible Man

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Weaving history, diverse traditions and a collage of voices, we will explore the struggle and celebration of black experience through Jean Toomer’s Cane and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, both growing out of the explosion of Black art during the Harlem Renaissance.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

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