Enneagram and Creative Writing

Dear Enneagram Group -

This month, we'll explore some techniques that are used in workshops for writers -- creating brief sketches from simple prompts, and discussing (constructively) the qualities of the work we are creating.

After warming up with individual sketches, we'll try more iterations of the "round-robin story" -- a technique we tried last month with whimsically interesting results (see brief story posted on this page -- click "More" then "Files" just below red banner at top of our screen).

We'll discuss our strengths and challenges as writers of fiction, memoir, and other forms of prose, of course as related to Enneagram type.

No prior writing or workshop experience is required - just a willingness to explore with openness and intention.  (Basic fluency in English will be needed - contact Organizer if in doubt.)

Hope you choose to attend.

Nicholas (Organizer)

PS - as mentioned in last announcement - please arrive for the meeting *punctually* by 7pm - if unsure about location, come early and stop in the Quest bookshop next door at 240 E. 53.

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  • Stefanie

    I was thinking - I definitely enjoy writing from prompts, and I definitely love the idea of incorporating writing exercises into group activities. Still, it's important to me that enneagram stuff remains central to the meetups. I'm not a creative writer, and that definitely has something to do with it. More importantly, though, there are lots of writing meetups, and only one (very special) enneagram meetup. I don't have any ideas right now to incorporate writing and enneagram, but I'm definitely thinking. What are other people's thoughts?

    3 · September 6, 2013

    • Christy

      Yes, I'd like to talk more about the enneagram at the meetups. That's actually one huge reason I kind of lost interest in the group and didn't think of it as a priority for several months. I did like the writing exercises, and think it would be easy to incorporate them into the enneagram. While we were writing, I thought about why I chose the prompt I did. When other people read theirs, I thought about why they chose their prompt and took their approach. This is everything, because it shows our motivation! And talking style ;)

      It's great to be more aware of our unique talking styles, motivations, what makes each other tick. A cool way this can be used/ incorporated is to figure out how to talk to someone using their language, so they will understand your point. This can be useful and practical in everyday life situations when dealing with friends, family, coworkers, strangers, everyone!

      2 · September 6, 2013

    • Chantal

      I'd like to echo these sentiments. I actually am a creative writer and while it is useful for me personally to do writing exercises, there are a lot of spaces that exist for that kind of thing. I'm much more interested in using our precious time and space to intensely study the enneagram and think about group dynamics. I actually really liked the August meeting. I think that my ideal group would involve a mix of reading/study, group activities where Type is forced to emerge and then reflection on those activities. I look forward to public discussion of what we, as a group, want the group to be in order to maximize participation.

      September 25, 2013

  • Christy

    Great meetup! For anyone who's interested, the talking styles website is: http://www.the16types.info/vbulletin/content.php/179-Enneagram-Talk-Styles-Essence-Passions-Fixations

    September 3, 2013

    • Christy

      You're welcome, Barbara. Yes, I agree that the type 8 talking styles description sounds pretty bad! That's probably why most type 8's I've seen in forums said they were mad when they found out they were type 8.

      They could've said any number of less terrible sounding descriptors, such as: direct, blunt, brash humor, brutally honest, tells it like it is, shock factor, authentic, honest to a fault, talks from a justice/ fairness angle.

      Of course, I think some of these traits may be shared by type 7, so they may not be completely unique to 8.

      I will say that 'military metaphors' and 'diatribes' made me smile. I think I use this when I'm passionate and explaining something to someone else.

      The talking style descriptions for type 6, and even 4, don't sound so great either. I think 6 sounds ultra paranoid and 4 sounds chronically depressed and like they want everyone to feel sorry for them.

      September 6, 2013

    • Bob C.

      Regarding 8 talking styles, I think of 8's having a "direct" style, and not wishing to listen to B.S. For my own self as a 5, my problem with sharing information is that I can easily get into treatise mode, and many people do not want to hear a 1,000 word answer to a 4-word question. So, I have to be careful.

      September 7, 2013

  • Stephanie

    My tues night is clear-see you then

    August 13, 2013

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