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. The suspense thriller, from The 39 Steps (1935) to the Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    Course Date: Sun 5 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy classic examples of this popular genre including key works by the 'master of suspense', Alfred Hitchcock, and explore the ways in which these films generate both anxiety and pleasure. Can you bear the suspense?
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  2. Writing the erotic: a masterclass with Monique Roffey

    Writing the erotic: a masterclass with Monique Roffey

    Course Date: Sun 5 Aug 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In erotic love and lovemaking we make mistakes, form unstable attachments, and often feel deeply lost. We also fall, we learn and, sometimes, we break. We heal, too. And yet, it's a subject writers of all sexual orientations most shy away from. In this workshop, in a safe, inclusive and supportive enviroment, we will look at how to think and write about intimate sexual loving in a creative way.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  3. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Course Date: Sun 5 Aug 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short, fun day workshop is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for a day of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Petrie and Pendlebury: two archaeologists at Amarna

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A comparison of the excavations conducted by Flinders Petrie and John Pendlebury at Akhenaten’s capital at Amarna. Spend time up close with their Amarna treasures in the nearby Petrie Museum at University College London.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. How to write a novel

    How to write a novel

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore key aspects of novel writing craft such as characterisation, story and plot in this supportive introductory course. Ideal for fiction writers about to begin a novel or those with the first draft of a novel in progress.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Poetry and the moving image

    Poetry and the moving image

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Both film and poetry explore imagery and have the capacity to capture and expand a single moment in time. On this fun short course you will learn how write poems inspired by the world of film and cinema.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018 (and 13 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive atmosphere? Join this introductory course. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Brick Lane battleground 1970s: a guided walk

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Tales of sweatshops and sweetshops, cultural change and conflict, housing struggles, racism and resistance, and the fight by young Bengalis for better lives. Meet just inside the entrance of Altab Ali Park (corner of Whitechapel Road/Whitechurch Lane, E1). Nearest tube Aldgate East.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  9. Sex and the city: Tudor and Stuart London

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Bridewell Prison was founded in 1553 for ‘disorderly women’. Southwark, with its long-established brothels and bear and bull baiting, became increasingly inviting for illicit activities. With the Restoration in 1660, West End theatres with actresses emerged and Covent Garden became notorious.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  10. How to write a short story

    How to write a short story

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Great short stories offer a tantalising glimpse of life that can ultimately reveal much more. Through a series of practical exercises you'll be introduced to key elements of fiction writing craft, and inspired to create short stories that summon the imagination.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  11. Shakespeare: a dip into some key tragedies, comedies and histories

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate the genius of Shakespeare: his timeless themes, complex characterisation, beautiful language and power in performance. Explore extracts from plays including 'Hamlet', 'Othello, Richard III', 'Twelfth Night' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  12. From the Great Exhibition to the Festival of Britain: the nation on display, 1851-1951

    Course Date: Tue 7 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    National exhibitions were a recurrent and popular feature of these years. In addition to the aforementioned, the background, nature, impact and legacy of imperial shows and joint exhibitions with France and Japan are also considered.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  13. Ancient Egyptian fashion

    Course Date: Tue 7 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What can surviving textiles tell us about the minutiae of daily life in ancient Egypt? We will consider how the Egyptians wove such fine linen, what other fabrics were available, how they pleated their party dresses, and how often they washed their underwear. A local museum visit will bring it all to life.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. How films begin: cinematography and music

    Course Date: Tue 7 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Most great films declare their key themes in their opening minutes. 2001: planets aligning with the sun; The Godfather: out of darkness a deep voice speaks of honour and family and betrayal; Bladerunner: a flying car moves through haze over a vast benighted metropolis. View and discuss different strategies and styles used to open a cinematic narrative.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  15. Body image in cinema

    Course Date: Tue 7 Aug 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on diverse representations of the body in cinema, we explore a site of adolescent trauma (My Skinny Sister), an object of unhealthy desire (Antiviral) and a symbol of uncanny danger (Teeth).
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

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