Deep Characterization Using the Myers-Briggs Personality Types

RWA-WF logoWould you like to learn about using the Myers-Briggs personality types for creating fictional characters? I’m offering an online workshop November 30 – December 14, 2014. The workshop is offered through the Women’s Fiction chapter of the Romance Writers of America. It’s free for members and just $20 for nonmembers.

Workshop Description

While plot may keep an audience on the edge of their chairs, it’s the characters that make readers fall in love with a story. The better you know your characters, the more depth you can reveal, creating a bond with readers that lasts even after the book ends.

In this course, the instructor will challenge you to apply the principles of the Myers-Briggs personality types to deepen the character development in your work-in-progress (WIP). She will explain the four scales used by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) to assess personality, and how those scales combine to form sixteen personality types.

For instance, is your character an introvert or extrovert? Is she a stickler for details, or does she prefer to look at the big picture? Does she consider logic or people first when making a decision? Does she like to plan out her day, or follow opportunities as they arise?

The instructor will show how you can apply knowledge of the sixteen personality types when developing characters: their strengths, their blind spots, and the potential for conflict with other types. Using a combination of theory and exercises, this fun and interactive class will give you yet another tool for bringing your characters to life.


Registration is through Eventbrite ( After you sign up, you’ll receive an invitation to the Yahoo Group where the class will be held. I hope you can join me!


5 thoughts on “Deep Characterization Using the Myers-Briggs Personality Types

    1. I understand your frustration. When Yahoo Neo was rolled out, it was full of bugs and nearly impossible to use. In recent months, though, I’ve found Yahoo Groups to be greatly improved (except on iPad, where I still have issues). If any participants in the class have technology problems, we’ll find ways to work around them, I promise! You won’t miss any of the lessons, and you can email questions to me.

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