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. Mirror on the wall: an introduction to philosophy through art

    Course Date: Sat 9 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course rearranges the cultural kitchen – placing Picasso beside Plato, Rubens beside Rousseau and Monet beside Montaigne – to ask questions of universal urgency: the value of pleasure, the limits of judgement and what it means to be human.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  2. Self-publishing: an introduction

    Self-publishing: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 9 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to publish your own novel, poetry / short story collection, memoir or non-fiction book? Self-publishing allows you to keep full creative control of your project. But how do you give your book the best chance of achieving high sales and what does a writer need to consider when taking the giant leap of publishing their own book? This course offers students introductory information on the world of self-publishing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    The journalist's toolkit: from inspiration to publication

    Course Date: Sat 9 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This informative day workshop teaches students about the essential journalistic tools and techniques to effectively pitch and writing articles across a range of mediums.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Peterloo 1819: violence and reform in Britain

    Course Date: Sat 9 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On 19th August 1819, the 15th Hussars charged into a political gathering in St Peter's field, Manchester. 15 people lost their lives. Tragedy or massacre- Peterloo has come to symbolise for some all that was wrong with early 19th Century Britain. Explore what happened on August 19th in the context of the broader events at the time and the anxieties of the Government as well as the governed.

    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  5. Up close and personal with Egyptian archaeological treasures

    Course Date: Sat 9 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Become personal with Sir Flinders Petrie, the pioneer of scientific archaeology in Egypt and Palestine. Spend the afternoon up close with his archaeological treasures in the nearby Petrie Museum.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Course Date: Sat 9 Mar 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This two-day course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Find practical ways to develop both your ideas and your technique.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  7. Focus on Japan: J-pop idols from the outside in

    Course Date: Sun 10 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In recent years J-pop has produced a wide range of female ‘idol’ groups, which bear a complex, reflexive relation to the very idea of the ‘idol’. How might we think about this phenomenon from an outside-in global perspective?

    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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    Create your first poetry collection

    Course Date: Sun 10 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You've written and workshopped your poetry, and now you're ready to create your first collection. But where do you begin with that process? This day workshop offers instruction and advice on putting together your first poetry collection.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Nasser and the new Arab nationalism

    Nasser and the new Arab nationalism

    Course Date: Sun 10 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore secular Arab nationalism under the leadership of Nasser, in the aftermath of WWII and the foundation of Israel on this interactive lecture-based course. Look at why Arabs turned to political Islam after the 'failure of secular nationalism'. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  10. Classics evening lecture

    Course Date: Wed 13 Mar 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for our new series of talks by leading classicists on a wide variety of topics. You need no prior knowledge of classical languages or history - just bring your curiosity. For details, visit bildutrapagaran.info/discovertheclassics.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £5.00

  11. Film lecture: Analysing star personas: Crawford and Taylor, Monroe and Kelly

    Course Date: Fri 15 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want something stimulating to do after work? Spend an hour at our Film Evening Lectures, enjoying talks and discussion on filmmakers, directors and actors given by writers and academics from Build and beyond. Our next talk will be given by Dr Lucy Bolton, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London, on 'Analysing Star Personas: Crawford and Taylor, Monroe and Kelly’.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  12. Writing myths: a taster

    Writing myths: a taster

    Course Date: Fri 15 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether you want to write about mythical beasts in a modern-day setting or pen a traditional epic quest, this fun, interactive taster will equip you with the craft basics to write a myth that will move and inspire.

    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  13. Life and times of George I

    Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From being the ruler of an obscure German electorate George I suddenly became king of on the most powerful nations in the world in his fifties. He was never popular in his new kingdom but established a constitutional monarchy which has survived to today. Explore his life and world on this interactive lecture course. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. The fiction of Jeanette Winterson: storytelling, fantasy, humour

    Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Inventively recasting myth and history, Winterson constructs powerful narratives of female creativity and sexuality. Discuss her literary development in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985), The Passion (1987) and The Daylight Gate (2013).
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Writer’s life: turning your setbacks into comebacks

    Writer’s life: turning your setbacks into comebacks

    Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn your setbacks into comebacks on this course designed to help budding authors navigate the often lonely and frustrating world of writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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