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 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 Session dates are available on this page. The tuition  is $375, payable directly to Circle of Writers.

Questions? Contact Mary at Circle of Writers:, 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