Circle of Writers Program

Circle of Writers is an optional 3-week online, writing course for Global Works participants in which students participate for a minimum of 3 hours a week, on their own time. Participation in this course requires a separate registration and fee.

Who qualifies

Any participant enrolled in a Global Works program. No age restrictions or minimum trip length.

Course Description


Need a topic for your college admission essay or a writing sample? Use your Global Works travel experience! Circle of Writers was founded by Mary Cinadr, a writer, educator and Global Works leader who loves to share her passion for reflective travel writing. Since 2010, Circle of Writers has offered both Summer Service Adventure & Custom Group Travel participants an enhancement to their experience. You will finish the course ending with a polished and publishable piece that can serve as a college admissions essay and writing sample.

This is a 3-week online course that can be done on your own time, beginning after the completion of your Global Works trip. The course requires approximately 3 hours per week. Choose from one of two post-trip sessions or schedule your own private, semi-private or group course. All levels and types of writers are welcome. Courses that meet your school’s flex credit requirements are available.

Please visit www.circleofwriters.com/globalworks for a course outline, testimonials, and information regarding course materials.

How to Register

  1. Enroll for a Global Works Summer Service Adventure or Custom Group Travel program.
  2. Register for Global Works Travel Writing 101 directly through Circle of Writers:www.circleofwriters.com/globalworks. Session dates are available on this page. The tuition  is $375, payable directly to Circle of Writers.

Questions? Contact Mary at Circle of Writers: mary@circleofwriters.com, 518-852-8501

“Circle of Writers was incredible. I learned so much about the craft of travel writing. Even today in school, I use tools I learned in this program and apply it to my work so my writing is more original. It was a great way of expressing my feelings while at the same time reflecting upon my trip. Thanks to Circle of Writers, I now have hard copies of my own writing to always cherish. I’ll never forget my experience in Peru.”

– Tess Hezlep, Peru Participant