Novelist, artist and playwright (1948–) Born Ingrid Gerda Winterbach in Johannesburg on 14 February 1948. Completed her schooling at Florida High School. Studied for a B.a degree, majoring in Afrikaans en Nederlands the University of the Witwatersrand (1966-1969). Completed a masters degree on the poetry of Breyten Breytenbach (under the supervision of D.J. Opperman) at the University of Stellenbosch in 1974. Besides her painting and writing, she also had an academic career, which began in 1970 as assistant in the Department Afrikaans en Nederlands at the University of the Witwatersrand, then taught for a while in Louis Trichardt and Johannesburg (1972), as well as Durban Girls’ High School (1993-94). From 1977 to 1990 she was a lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Stellenbosch, and intyermittently from 1991 to 2001 lecturer in Afrikaans at the Universities of Durban-Westville and Natal. In 1996 she was Visiting Author at the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, where she taught creative writing in the School of Critical Studies. She was also a part time journalist for Die Burger. She started writing under the pseudonym Lettie Viljoen, only later publishinbg under her real name. her ** novels are highly regarded, complex literary works, for which she has received numerous awards, including the Hertzog Prize in 2013.
In 1984 verskyn Klaaglied vir Koos by Taurus Uitgewers onder die skuilnaam Lettie Viljoen. Dit word in 1986 vir die verhoog aangepas deur Christo Leach en Barney Simon. 1986 in die Mark-Teater in Johannesburg opgevoer.” In 2010 word Ingrid se eerste drama, Spyt, tydens Aardklop op die planke gebring, Die Aardklop-produksie was ook Spyt se première, en die drama is met die AngloGold Ashanti Fyngoud-prys vir die beste nuwe Afrikaanse aanbieding op Aardklop bekroon. Spyt is ook in 2011 by die KKNK op die planke gebring. Produksie: Saartjie Botha, Regie deur Ingrid se dogter, die teaterpraktisyn en skrywer Brink Scholtz, met Stian Bam, Waldemar Schultz en Nicole Holm, Ntombi Makutshi. http://www.litnet.co.za/Article/ingrid-winterbach-19481