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. Introduction to classical studies

    Introduction to classical studies

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out what it means to study the classical world? This one-day course introduces the study of antiquity to the non-specialist. Discover the first histories, the heroic epics, and philosophical thought from Greece and Rome.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. Using data to make money from freelancing

    Using data to make money from freelancing

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Freelancing in creative industries such as journalism and writing can be hard to sustain financially. This course will help you use data to make better decisions, generate income and grow your freelance business.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Logos: an exploration of Greek thinking on thought

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Logos (thought, reason, word, account) is a central idea in Greek philosophy. Taking Anaxagoras as a starting point, the significance of this idea from the pre-Socratics to the Hellenistic schools will be explored.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  4. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the art of micropoetry in this one-day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Writing biography: a taster

    Writing biography: a taster

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to create a portrait with words? This day workshop will inspire you to experiment with your own life writing and explore approaches to the intriguing genre of biographical writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Italian weekend: Italian cinema: from neorealism to new romantic realism

    Course Date: Sun 29 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Italy produced many of the world’s greatest directors: Rossellini, Visconti, Antonioni, Fellini, Leone and now Luca Guadagnino. From Rome Open City to I Am Love, Death In Venice to Call Me By Your Name, this is a voyage to a cinema of great beauty.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Playwriting: an introduction

    Playwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sun 29 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come with an idea for a play you're working on or hope to write, and spend the day exploring, testing and stretching that idea through exercises that you can then apply to new work in the future.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. The 'Wyldes' of Hampstead: discovering Hampstead's northern hillside (a guided walk)

    Course Date: Sun 29 Jul 2018
    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.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  9. 'All the world's a stage': theatres, actors and audiences in the 19th century

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The age of Kean and Irving, Pinero, Wilde and Shaw, of melodrama, pantomime and farce as well as serious drama. But an age too of new theatres/auditoriums, changing audiences, touring companies and impressive theatre staging.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  10. Make-a-zine workshop

    Make-a-zine workshop

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Once a countercultural icon, the D-I-Y 'zine' (or small circulation publication) has since gone mainstream. In this fun course you'll explore the roots of zine culture, decide on a collective theme, and craft small pieces to make a zine together.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Young writers' summer workshop

    Young writers' summer workshop

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This workshop welcomes writers aged 19-26 to participate in four energising sessions devoted to exploring writing craft, and sharing written work. Ideal if you're a poet and/or fiction writer who wants to improve your writing skills, receive feedback on work-in-progress, and network with other young writers in a supportive and creative environment.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. Why do we obey? The politics of obedience

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We groan against the bosses, berate politicians, demonstrate against most aspects of the social system, and then humbly take our orders from above. Is obedience imprinted in our genes? How submissive must people be for society to function? In this short course we will discuss the politics of obedience, drawing on psychology, anthropology, history and political philosophy.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  13. What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write fast and edit fast in this poem-blitzing workshop. Learn to step back, look at your poem and think about the different directions it might take. Practise ruthlessness as well as care in the poem’s service.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  14. Divided city: Berlin in Cold War fiction

    Course Date: Tue 31 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and discover how the Wall and other atmospheric Berlin locations distilled Cold War tensions in le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), Deighton’s Funeral in Berlin (1964), and Fleming’s The Living Daylights (1966).
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  15. 'Grave Matters': death, burial and the afterlife in the Victorian era

    Grave matters: death, burial and the afterlife in the Victorian era

    Course Date: Wed 1 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the causes of, and attitudes towards, death and the body, the funeral and the evolving funeral industry, and the emergence of commercial cemeteries and cremation. We will also consider contemporary views of heaven, hell and spiritualism.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

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