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Sarah Dunn (born 1970) is an American author and television writer. She is known for her novels The Big Love and Secrets to Happiness, and the ABC sitcom American Housewife, starring Katy Mixon.


Life and careerEdit

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Dunn spent several years working service jobs in Philadelphia, PA, the experience of which informed her first book, The Official Slacker Handbook. Shortly afterward, she moved to Los Angeles, CA, where she wrote for television series including Murphy Brown, Veronica's Closet, Spin City, and Bunheads. With Spin City co-creator Bill Lawrence, Dunn penned Michael J. Fox's final episode of the series.[1]

Dunn is also a novelist whose works include The Big Love (2005), Secrets to Happiness (2009), and The Arrangement (2017). Her books have been translated into 19 different languages[citation needed].

Dunn is a member of the all-female television writers group “The Ladies Room”, which also includes Vanessa McCarthy, Stephanie Birkitt, and Julie Bean. The group was founded in July 2016.


Dunn is married to former New York Observer executive editor Peter Stevenson. They married in 2007.[2]


  • The Official Slacker Handbook, 1994.
  • The Big Love, 2005.
  • Secrets to Happiness, 2009.
  • The Arrangement, 2017

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ WALLACE, AMY (2000-03-20). "Putting His Own Spin on 'City's' Season Finale". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  2. ^ "Weddings/Celebrations; Sarah Dunn, Peter Stevenson". The New York Times. 2007-06-24. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-07-12.