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. The priest as poet

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Shakespeare’s time to our own, priest-poets have given particularly forceful and poignant expression to both the rewards and the difficulties of faith. This innovative course will illuminate both their visions and their tribulations.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Up close and personal with Greek archaeological treasures

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover stunning objects from ancient Greece and the evidence they provide for the lives of ancient people. Spend the afternoon having a close look at the British Museum's collection.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. Crime writing: an introduction

    Crime writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills in crime writing and explore the techniques behind character, plot, dialogue, pacing and atmosphere. Benefit from stimulating writing exercises, feedback and encouragement.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Writing press releases

    Writing press releases

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    News editors are inundated with badly written press releases. How do you get yours noticed? Learn the basics of writing effective press releases for business and the public sector, and get feedback on your own work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Kierkegaard and the possibility of God

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    God forms an almost absent background to Kierkegaard’s philosophy. Does he – or any of us – need God in order to have faith?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. The “Wyldes” of Hampstead: discovering Hampstead’s northern hillside

    The “Wyldes” of Hampstead: discovering Hampstead’s northern hillside

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the rural north side of Hampstead by walking across the Heath Extension to the hamlet of Northend, learning about its famous residents, its hostelry and the 17th-century Wyldes farmhouse. We return via the enchanting Hill Garden and Golders Hill Park.

    Circular walk starts and ends outside the main entrance to Golders Green and involves walking across parts of the Heath.. Circular walk starts and ends outside the main entrance to Golders Green and involves walking across parts of the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  7. Craft intensive: novel plotting workshop

    Craft intensive: novel plotting workshop

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An advanced course for those seriously engaged in writing a novel, you will look in greater depth at the mythic theory of plotting. The class atmosphere is supportive, but candid and serious. Please enrol only if you have completed 'Craft focus: novel plotting in depth'.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  8. The Founding Fathers and developments in the transition from thirteen colonies to a federal state

    The Founding Fathers and developments in the transition from thirteen colonies to a federal state

    Course Date: Tue 11 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1973 Richard Morris identified the following seven figures as the key ‘Founding Fathers’: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington. These men were leaders or the War of Independence/ American Revolution and had a large impact on the constitutional shape of the institutions of the new federal American state. Whilst they cooperated against the British each had a distinct set of ideas about the shape of the new nation. This course will explore these ideas and their practical effects.

    We will examine: Washington; Franklin; Hamilton jay; Jefferson; Madison; and Adams; in turn then consider their collective impact. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  9. The French nation and Napoleon

    The French nation and Napoleon

    Course Date: Tue 11 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Napoleon had a huge impact on the French state and the French nation and many of his ideas and reforms were also adopted across Europe as a result of the French empire which Napoleon founded. Some of these developments were due to Napoleon himself and others emerged because of the systems he set up and the people he employed. Many of the changes he initiated have had long term effects which can be seen up until the current day. The course will examine some of these developments. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  10. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 11 Jun 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on this fun and supportive short course covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  11. Advanced studies in fiction and poetry

    Course Date: Wed 12 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Saying something; not saying something: we will study post-war fiction and poetry by a range of British writers who take commitment and detachment, engagement and avoidance, as their theme or method. Includes Zadie Smith, Tom McCarthy and Stevie Smith.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. Contemporary American literature - Philip Roth

    Contemporary American literature

    Course Date: Thu 13 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how writers of the American literary scene voice the concerns of modern society, reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the contemporary American character. Journey through Philip Roth's American trilogy novel, 'I Married a Communist', Jennifer Egan's 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' and contemporary short fiction by Richard Ford and Nicole Krauss.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  13. An introduction to East Asian cinema

    Course Date: Fri 14 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore films and filmmakers in east Asian cinema since 1945, and consider the key movements and developments in the cinema of the region along with a range of critical responses to east Asian cinema.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. Digital journalism: pitching and writing for modern media

    Digital journalism: pitching and writing for modern media

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With the dawn of online media outlets, there are more opportunities than ever before for writers to showcase their talent to the world. This day workshop guides students in successfully writing and pitching news and features to multiple digital channels.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. The end of globalisation?

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This day course explores several ideas present in globalisation studies - i.e. nationalist neo-liberalism (e.g.Trumpianism, Brexiteerism), post-national urbanism (e.g. networks of world cities), corporatist neo-liberalism, regionalism (e.g. ASEAN, EU) and potential emerging neo-empires (e.g. empires of affiliation in distinction to colonialism). Tutor: John Goff.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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