Afternoon Craft Conversation with Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Date & Time:
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, Hagerty Lounge, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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Structure as Architecture by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Often, the image that comes to mind when we think of dramatic structure is Freytag’s pyramid, a shape that visually illustrates rising action, climax, and denouement. Gustav Freytag was a nineteenth century German writer whose most famous novel contrasted virtuous Germans with uncivilized and immoral Poles and Jews and was celebrated at the time for its "unexaggerated realism.” In this lecture, we will move away from Freytag's European understanding of structure, and we will investigate how other cultures understand story, how different writers have thought of dramatic structure in architectural and visual language, and how these artists arrived at their visions. More than what happens in a story, more than plot, dramatic structure requires the author to pose an artistic question that is so complex it can only be answered throughout the progress of the work.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her first novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree won the Silver Medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards. Fruit of the Drunken Tree was an Indie Next selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a New York Times editor's choice. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Buzzfeed, The Believer, Nylon, Guernica, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Camargo Foundation, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.


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Ingrid Rojas Contreras