The how to: Academy provides compact courses for people who think big. Whether you want to build a bicycle in a morning, make a movie in a weekend, master James Joyce or start an on-line business, we have the expert who can make it happen.

We run day workshops, evening events, midnight master-classes, business breakfasts, dinner-debates, weekend courses, three-month writing groups and will shortly be streaming many of our courses on-line. For those who need more, the how to: Academy never sleeps.

 

how to: Travel

how to: Travel

how to: Travel

Travel

For the ultimate guide as to where to stay and eat throughout the world, the How To Academy’s partner- Globalista – can tell you everything you need to know. With a 20% discounted price for the How To Academy, just...

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how to: Sell Anything

how to: Sell Anything

how to: Sell Anything

Day­time Event

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Busi­nessMoney

Do you sometimes realise that your job relies as much on changing minds, as on your particular specialist skill? Do you sometimes struggle to get people to buy what you’re selling, whether it’s your product, your ideas, or even your...

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how to: Read Chekhov

how to: Read Chekhov

how to: Read Chekhov

Week­end Event

Cul­tureLit­er­at­ureThe Daily Telegraph

‘N. could philosophize about love, but could not himself love.’ ‘A young man collected a million stamps, then lay on them and shot himself.’ Between these two random thoughts, squirrelled away into a notebook for use in a future play...

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how to: Mindfulness

how to: Mindfulness

how to: Mindfulness

Even­ing Event

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HealthLife­style

Four Week Course: Mindfulness is the essential tool for modern living. It is training for the brain which helps us to be more effective at what we do, and more resilient to the stresses we experience. Using Mindfulness we can...

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how to: Master poker

how to: Master poker

how to: Master poker

Even­ing Event

GamesLeis­ure

How can you maximise your chances of success playing poker? What do the strong players understand that the weaker players don’t? Which skills are essential for long term success? The answers to these questions are surprising and not at all...

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how to: Michael Lewis on Flash Boys

how to: Michael Lewis on Flash Boys

how to: Michael Lewis on Flash Boys

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Busi­nessLit­er­at­ureTalks

Lewis’ new book, Flash Boys: Cracking the Money Code returns to Wall Street to lay bare the biggest new story since the crash. With the world’s money now traded by computer code, a dark world of high-frequency trading exists. It’s...

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how to: Perform Magic

how to: Perform Magic

how to: Perform Magic

Even­ing Event

Fam­ilyGames

It’s not just taught at Hogwarts, you know. We can all be magicians, and there is no better way to dazzle our friends and build up our confidence. In this masterclass, Lee Smith and Zap the Magician will share some...

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how to: A candlelit feast in a Castle in Sussex, a Woodland walk to listen to rare Nightingale song, and Keats

how to: A candlelit feast in a Castle in Sussex, a Woodland walk to listen to rare Nightingale song, and Keats

how to: A candlelit feast in a Castle in Sussex, a Woodland walk to listen to rare Nightingale song, and Keats

Week­end Event

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Leis­ureNature

The chances are that few of us have ever heard a nightingale. When we think we hear it singing we’re probably being fooled by a thrush or a warbling blackbird. Due to intensive farming, moreover, this hidden genius of scrubland...

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how to: Listen to the Blues

how to: Listen to the Blues

how to: Listen to the Blues

After­noon Event

Cul­tureMusic

Join us for an afternoon exploring the history of the Blues, in all its diversity of feeling and form. After some background – on slavery, minstrelsy, musical styles, available instruments and early white blues (Jimmie Rodgers and blue yodels) –...

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how to: Listen: The Tenor Voice

how to: Listen: The Tenor Voice

how to: Listen: The Tenor Voice

Even­ing Event

Cul­tureMusic

From its emergence in the 16th century to the phenomenon of ‘the three tenors’ (Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras) in the 1990s, the tenor voice has a fascinating history. It is esteemed above all as the voice of the hero in romantic...

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how to: An Evening with P.J.O’Rourke

how to: An Evening with P.J.O’Rourke

how to: An Evening with P.J.O’Rourke

Even­ing Event

Cul­tureHis­tory & PoliticsTalks

How It Got That Way… And It Wasn’t My Fault… And I’ll Never Do It Again. How did the Baby Boom become what it is, and who let them get away with it? On a rare visit to London, aging...

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how to: Read Homer’s Odyssey

how to: Read Homer’s Odyssey

how to: Read Homer’s Odyssey

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Cul­tureLit­er­at­ureThe Daily Telegraph

What does ‘Homeric’ mean? And what is ‘epic’? Alice Oswald’s workshop will start with these questions, and consider the oral dimension of the Odyssey. We will look at Homeric formulas, at pattern and repetition, and at various translations of Homer’s...

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how to: Make a Film in a Weekend

how to: Make a Film in a Weekend

how to: Make a Film in a Weekend

Week­end Event

Cul­tureFilm

Impossible? Not if you attend one of these ingeniously thorough training courses. At 10am on Saturday you will learn how to switch on the camera, and by 6pm next day you will be in a cinema seat watching your own...

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how to: Write Your Family History

how to: Write Your Family History

how to: Write Your Family History

Week­end Event

Fam­ilyWrit­ing

A weekend course to guide you in both the research and writing of family history, from where to find the information to putting it together to tell the best possible story. You will learn how to gather and martial your...

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how to: Master Apostrophes, Semi-colons and Commas

how to: Master Apostrophes, Semi-colons and Commas

how to: Master Apostrophes, Semi-colons and Commas

Even­ing Event

Busi­nessWrit­ing

DVD’s? 1980’s? Those ant-like squiggles have defeated us all at some point. The mis-used dashes’ and apostrophe’s, rogue “quotation” marks, random colons: crazy semi-colons; excessive exclamations!!! What are the rules? In this interactive workshop, Harry Mount – head of the...

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how to: Contemporary Dance – A Masterclass with Rambert

how to: Contemporary Dance – A Masterclass with Rambert

how to: Contemporary Dance – A Masterclass with Rambert

Even­ing Event

Cul­tureDance

What is contemporary dance? Rambert offers an exclusive, easy-to-understand masterclass, showing how different elements combine in this beautiful artform. In its brand new, purpose-built home on London’s South Bank, you will watch Rambert’s world-class dancers illustrate the difference and similarities...

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how to: Read T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets

how to: Read T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets

how to: Read T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets

Week­end Event

Cul­tureLit­er­at­ure

Repeated due to popular demand. No poet of the 20th century has generated as much critical exposition as T. S. Eliot, and yet the mysterious power of his poetry continues to elude us. The How To Academy’s second Eliot reading...

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how to: Understand Nietzsche

how to: Understand Nietzsche

how to: Understand Nietzsche

Even­ing Event

Cul­turePhilo­sophy

Nietzsche is the philosopher of the Death Of God. He is also the essential philosopher of the post-modern age. As the first to fully think through what it means to lose the grounds of all received values, he laid bare...

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how to: Disruptive Thinking in Fashion

how to: Disruptive Thinking in Fashion

how to: Disruptive Thinking in Fashion

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Busi­nessDesignLife­style

The Fashion industry is built on change, but with digital technology as a catalyst, evolution has been replaced by revolution. The creativity and innovation celebrated on the runway is now matched by the creativity and innovation made manifest through every...

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how to: Read Kafka

how to: Read Kafka

how to: Read Kafka

Week­end Event

Cul­tureLit­er­at­ure

Kafka is to our age, said W H Auden, as Dante was to the Middle Ages, as Shakespeare was to the Renaissance, and as Goethe was to the Romantics. Yet few would agree on what Kafka is ‘about’. This day-long...

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how to: Speak in Public

how to: Speak in Public

how to: Speak in Public

Day­time Event

Busi­ness

All of us have to do it – “say a few words” – at one time or another. Most of us are terrified by the thought of it. But don’t panic. This three-hour workshop will enable you to make fear...

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how to: Read Emily Dickinson

how to: Read Emily Dickinson

how to: Read Emily Dickinson

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Cul­tureLit­er­at­ureThe Daily Telegraph

Emily Dickinson is recognised as one of the greatest poets who ever lived. At the same time she remains elusive. Why did she imprison herself for life in a room of her own in what she always called my father’s...

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how to: Advanced Negotiation

how to: Advanced Negotiation

how to: Advanced Negotiation

Day­time Event

Busi­nessMoney

How to: Advanced Negotiation is a direct and no-nonsense masterclass for those who want to negotiate smarter, harder and with greater dexterity. It assumes basic competence in the art of negotiation, and focuses on solving the tougher problems faced by...

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how to: Look at a Tree

how to: Look at a Tree

how to: Look at a Tree

Even­ing Event

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Leis­ureNature

Revered as a gardenist, wine authority and prose sylist, Hugh Johnson has over the past forty years created celebrated gardens in Central France and at Saling Hall in Exssex, and his classic The World of Trees is an unparalleled guide...

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how to: Student Life Skills

how to: Student Life Skills

how to: Student Life Skills

Day­time Event

Stu­dent Life Skills

STUDENT LIFE SKILLS The How To Academy has programmed two jam-packed life-skills jamborees to meet the needs of 16 – 23 year-olds. Taking place in central London during the summer holidays, each five-day event will provide the essential package for...

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how to: Read Ulysses

how to: Read Ulysses

how to: Read Ulysses

Week­end Event

Cul­tureLit­er­at­ure

Ulysses uses one day in the life of Dublin to reflect on the whole of Western culture and society. We invite you to spend a one day in your life reflecting on Ulysses, the most influential, and difficult, novel ever...

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how to: See Purple Emperor Butterflies

how to: See Purple Emperor Butterflies

how to: See Purple Emperor Butterflies

Week­end Event

Nature

No other butterfly in Britain can compete with Apatura iris, or the Purple Emperor. It has enchanted butterfly lovers for centuries, driving some of its pursuers to the brink of insanity. ‘It is a muscular, swooping, soaring, gliding black beauty,...

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how to: Student Life Skills

how to: Student Life Skills

how to: Student Life Skills

Day­time Event

Stu­dent Life Skills

STUDENT LIFE SKILLS The How To Academy has programmed two jam-packed life-skills jamborees to meet the needs of 16 – 23 year-olds. Taking place in central London during the summer holidays, each five-day event will provide the essential package for...

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how to: Remember

how to: Remember

how to: Remember

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Busi­nessPsy­cho­logy

An introduction to the imaginative techniques and stories behind the ancient arts of memory. Ed will lead an interactive, practical tour through the world of memory techniques, with numerous examples of how to boost your memory, how to forget and...

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how to: Network (using LinkedIn)

how to: Network (using LinkedIn)

how to: Network (using LinkedIn)

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Busi­ness

If Facebook is for friends, and Twitter for followers, what is LinkedIn meant for? Revolutionising the way individuals can interact with prospective employers and their professional networks, there is little question that this site is fast emerging as the go-to...

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how to: Negotiate

how to: Negotiate

how to: Negotiate

Day­time Event

Busi­nessMoney

Do you have to negotiate in your business, family or personal life? Do you sometimes wonder whether you are getting the best deal for your business, your family, or yourself? How to: Negotiate will teach you the proven strategies and...

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If there’s a Course you’d like to take which isn’t currently included in our programme, email us with the details of what you’d like us to organise and if there’s sufficient demand, we will contact our huge network of distinguished teachers, lecturers and writers to arrange a course tailored to your needs.