Genogram for Character Development

  • December 16, 2012 · 12:00 PM

Do your characters have a family? Most real people do, but they are often oddly absent in fiction, perhaps partly because it's hard to map out all the relationships. Kick-ass psychotherapist Rebecca Chesin will show how to chart extended family relationships with the genogram, a tool used by therapists to understand their clients' family influences and patterns. We will do a diagram exploring the family of one or more sample fictional characters (as we have time), making things up as we go along.

If you want to volunteer a character for this treatment, send me a note.

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  • Rebecca

    As promised, some resources follow. Happy brainstorming and diagramming!

    December 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a useful and informative meeting, especially with Rebecca's follow-up information.

    December 17, 2012

  • Terry F.

    I'm a fan of Myers Briggs personality types. I'll give you an INTJ on a cruise with an ESTJ.

    December 3, 2012

    • Rebecca

      Myers-Briggs is also a rich system for understanding characters, their relationships with the world around them, and plot development. Maybe a future topic...?

      December 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I agree with Rebecca; it would be a good topic.

      December 17, 2012

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