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. Idea development workshop for fiction and screenwriters

    Idea development workshop for fiction and screenwriters

    Course Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like help testing and developing your big idea? Before you get stuck in to a long-term writing project, make sure you're on the right track in this supportive, experimental 'incubator' workshop. Ideal for those with some experience of creative writing.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

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

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

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £289.00
    Senior fee: £289.00
    Concession: £116.00

  3. Cosmopolitan Notting Hill

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Everyone associates Notting Hill with the Caribbean carnival but past residents have come from a wide variety of places. We look at the area’s Serbian, Spanish, Portuguese, Moroccan, Indian, Jewish and Caribbean connections.

    Meeting place will be outside Notting Hill Gate Station (north exit) by Royal Bank of Scotland.. Meeting place will be outside Notting Hill Gate Station (north exit) by Royal Bank of Scotland.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  4. Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    New to writing poetry? This inspiring short course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. Craft focus: novel plotting in depth

    Craft focus: novel plotting in depth

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you've made a start on your novel, but need help getting it into shape, this course provides a flexible template that will help you to overcome the obstacles ahead.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

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

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

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018
    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Introduction to Latin epic

    Course Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will give you an introduction to two of the most influential poems of the ancient world, Virgil’s Aeneid and Lucretius’ On the Nature of the Universe.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  8. London views: film and the city

    Course Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    While London is an actual geographical location it is equally a construct of the films that have always purported to be portraying it. Explore the fascinating themes of London's cinematic treatment, both factual and fictional.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  9. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Course Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to write for the screen on this practical, introductory 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  10. Art, sculpture and architecture of the classical world: an introduction

    Art, sculpture and architecture of the classical world: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 4 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Discover what messages the ancient Greeks and Romans were trying to convey about themselves through their art, sculpture and architecture. No prior knowledge of their world is necessary – just an enquiring mind.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  11. Poetry in the making

    Poetry in the making

    Course Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018 (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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  12. Introduction to advanced academic writing (Year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Introduction to advanced academic writing (Year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Course Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this one-day workshop we will explore the building blocks and strategies for good writing. Ideal for those studying, or contemplating writing, at this level.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Christianity: a brief introduction

    Christianity: a brief introduction

    Course Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the origins and development of Christianity and its defining beliefs. We will look at the person of Jesus Christ, the Bible, the Church and key ideas such as the Trinity.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. Tutankhamun’s underwear

    Course Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Recent examinations of Tutankhamun’s underwear have revealed that the boy king was decidedly ‘pear-shaped’. What can his clothing tell us about the minutiae of daily life in Ancient Egypt? Afternoon visit to the Petrie Museum.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

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