Short Courses


Through our popular literature courses you can discover and explore novels, short-stories, drama and poetry in many genres and from across the globe. Whether you would like to visit established classics or try something a bit different, our courses are delivered by the highest quality teachers, providing a truly unique experience.

Courses marked as (credit) are open to all, however participants will be required to matriculate as a student at the University of Edinburgh as part of the registration process for these courses. Guidance on this process will be provided. Find out more about studying for credit here.

Please note that from September 2017, bookings for non-credit courses will close 8 days before a course start date. Bookings for credit courses will close 15 days before a course start date.

Term 1 Courses (Starting September 2017)


Shakespeare’s Villains (Credit) 
Literature of the 1930s (Credit) 
Looking at Literary Prizes: 2005 (Credit) 
European Fiction in Translation 
A Mirage Splayed by Light: Latin American Short Stories 
Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment: Revealing the Unrevealed 


Introducing Literature 1 (Credit Plus) 
Modern British Poetry (Credit) 
Dark Fairy Tales 
Writing Unreason 

Term 2 Courses (Starting January 2018)


Ibsen and Chekhov (Credit)
Scottish Literary Renaissance in the Twentieth Century (Credit)
Renaissance Poetry (Credit)
European Detective Fiction and Society 2 (Credit)

Reckless Brevity: The International Short Story

Russian Literature: An Introduction
French Writers of the 20th Century


Introducing Literature 2 (Credit Plus)
Introduction to Gothic Literature (Credit)

Term 3 Courses (Starting April 2018)


Shakespeare's Women (Credit)
An Introduction to Comedy (Credit)
The Unreliable Narrator 3 (Credit)
Fearsome Triviality: Ten Novellas
War and Peace: A Study of the Great Russian Epic
Who's afraid of the Big Bad Book? The Magic Mountain
COL at National Library of Scotland: Muriel Spark (One day course)


Modernist Fiction 2 (Credit)
Rooms of Their Own: Feminist Thought in Literature (Credit)
Divine Decadence: Dark Fantasy in 19th-Century Fiction


For all general enquiries relating to the course, such as places available or location, please contact COL by phoning +44(0)131 650 4400 or emailing

Our Course Organisers can help you with enquiries about the academic content of courses.

Rachael King

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