Enneagram for Writers: Unpacking the Power of Personality for Yourself and Your Characters

Have you ever wondered how your personality influences your writing life? Does your base temperament and disposition affect your habits and goals, even the act of writing itself? And what about the characters in your written work? Would a deep-hearted understanding of their needs and motivations help create fully-realized identities that enrich your stories?

One of the most powerful and popular systems for modeling personality is the Enneagram, which describes human character traits within the structure of nine interconnected types. The Enneagram offers a practice of self awareness and personal growth that seeks to reveal patterns and blind spots. A better understanding of our base personality and the way we react and respond to others (and how others respond to us!) can result in more flexibility, tolerance, and compassion.

This retreat will delve into the nine personality types as described by the Enneagram, but we’ll lean toward specific meaning for writers and other Creatives. We’ll talk about becoming aware of actions and reactions, and how that cognizance can temper the negatives, support the positives, and result in a more concentrated approach to your writing. And then we’ll go a step further and consider ways to use the Enneagram for character development, fleshing out the personalities of the people in your stories by creating realistic behaviors and desires. Understanding personality can provide a new perspective for your writing and for you as a writer. Join us!

This weekend retreat is facilitated by Sue Mohr, a Master Certified Life, Business, and Enneagram Coach/Consultant and creator of The Inner Vizion Coaching (theinnervizion.com).

Cost: $425.00 per person (includes 2 nights in a private suite, 5 meals, snacks, 5 workshops, and plenty of private time for writing)

Date: Friday, March 4 to Sunday, March 6, 2022

Place: Rockvale Writers’ Colony, 6994 Giles Hill Road, College Grove, TN

The Schedule (tentative)

Friday, March 4, 2022:

4:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Check-in and settle in. You’ll be given a short tour and we’ll show you to your assigned room.

6:00 p.m. – Dinner

7:00 p.m. – Welcome and Overview of Retreat

7:15 p.m. – Writing Workshop: “What is the Enneagram?” – Discover the nuances of the Enneagram, along with your Enneagram type. This is a visual / interactive workshop.

9:00 p.m. – Free Time / Bedtime

Saturday, March 5, 2022:

6:30 a.m. – Coffee Ready!

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Breakfast is available. Come anytime you’re ready

8:30 a.m. – Writing Workshop: “Develop your Characters with the Enneagram – Part 1” – Learn how to use the Enneagram to reveal, develop, and give depth to your characters.

9:45 a.m. – Free Time for Writing

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00 p.m. – Writing Workshop: “Develop your Characters with the Enneagram – Part 2” – Continuation of the morning workshop

2:15 p.m. – Free Time for Writing

6:00 p.m. – Dinner

7:00 p.m. – Writing Workshop: “Question and Answer Session” – Let’s dive into your type. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the awesome.

8:30 p.m. – Reading / Share your Writing – Sharing is optional; however, we ask that you attend whether you read or not, in order to support other writers.

10:00 p.m. – Free Time / Bedtime

Sunday, March 6, 2022:

6:30 a.m. – Coffee Ready!

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Breakfast is available. Come any time you’re ready

8:30 a.m. – Writing Workshop: “Hints and Tips for Optimal Success” – Recognize and utilize the skills of your Enneagram type to support your writing goals.

9:45 a.m. – Free Time for Writing

11:00 p.m. – Checkout and Goodbye

Facilitator: Sue Mohr

Sue Mohr, a Master Certified Life, Business, and Enneagram Coach/Consultant, states that deep within each of us lies unique gifts. She created The Inner Vizion Coaching (theinnervizion.com) in 2003. She has been in the creative and music/film industry for over 20 years assisting hundreds of creatives and entrepreneurs. Sue has sat in the role of Executive Director of a TV show in Franklin, TN, along with being an award winning script writer, a published author, managed a Disney band, and is currently the Assistant Director for an upcoming TV series project called Good Guys. As a coach and ordained minister, Sue has a unique way of moving the immovable, by helping peel back layer by layer from the walls that people spent a lifetime building. She is a road-maker, an encourager, and a teacher who is on a quest to help you uncover and re-discover your vision. Sue currently lives in Spring Hill, TN with her musician husband, along with enjoying her 3 daughters and 2 grand-littles as often as she can.