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. Exploring creativity: from words to stories

    Exploring creativity: from words to stories

    Course Date: Sun 10 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Escape the constraints of the logical mind through creative games with writing and imagination. Give yourself permission to play and generate raw material for your art on this stimulating one-day course.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Bacon and Galileo: science as domination?

    Course Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    According to 20th century philosophers Husserl, Adorno and Horkheimer, the legacy of Bacon and Galileo is a combination of experiment, mathematics and technology which results in the domination of nature with many untoward consequences. Is this fair? Tutor: John Goff.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Writing for fashion

    Writing for fashion

    Course Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fashion journalism is a writing skill that never goes out of style. This day workshop covers industry basics, from high street trends to high-end couture, and explores approaches to crafting articles for fashion blogs, glossy magazines and everything in between.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction. Develop your writing and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives, realistic or fantastical.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Crime writing: an introduction

    Crime writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018
    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

  6. Philosophy of rhetoric

    Course Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rhetoric plays an important role in public discourse, particularly within political debates. Consequently, it's important that we understand how rhetoric can be used to persuade us, and why sometimes we ought to be wary of its use. This course covers the necessary skills to recognise and evaluate uses of rhetoric.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Saxons, Vikings and Normans: London from 900-1200 CE

    Course Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at the foundations of Lundenburh in c.886 and the impact of later Viking and Norman invasions. Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided walk in the city.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Play in a day: Antony and Cleopatra

    Course Date: Sat 23 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read or seen the play but want to know more? This course examines the background to Shakespeare's 'Antony and Cleopatra', discusses characters, identifies themes, draws parallels with Shakespeare's other plays, looks at language and analyses key scenes. T.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    Course Date: Sat 23 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Dickens’s novels London often takes on the force of a character. Augmented by visits (Dickens Museum and the Temple), we shall explore precisely how he expressed his endless fascination with the greatest nineteenth-century metropolis. NB. Course fees include the entrance fee to the Dickens' museum.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  10. How to write a novel synopsis

    How to write a novel synopsis

    Course Date: Sun 24 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop teaches students how to write a synopsis of their completed manuscript, an essential requirement of submitting to agents and publishers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. A taste of anthropology

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is anthropology all about? Explore the aspects different societies have in common and focus on some particular cultures and customs.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. An introduction to the Hindu Temple

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover more about the development, history and sacred geometry of the Hindu temple in this weekend course which includes a guided visit to a local temple.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  13. Global inequalities and consumer society

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A sociological look at power and divisions. Examine the relationship between institutions and inequalities, focusing on such issues as race, gender, class and disability. Tutor: Christina Julios.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  14. How Conrad changed fiction: facing the self in remote places

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how Conrad’s stories changed the way we read fiction by placing characters in extreme circumstances and raising doubts about whether it’s possible really to know someone, using unreliable accounts, time shifts and multiple ironies.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Ways into advanced literary study

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Shakespeare to Mary Shelley, from Romantic poetry to Ibsen to Virginia Woolf, this course will enhance your appreciation of literary genres and styles from different periods, developing the rigour and skills of reading and writing that belong to higher level study. Includes three Saturdays.
    Full fee: £429.00
    Senior fee: £429.00
    Concession: £215.00

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