Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld is current visiting faculty member of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She’s well-known for her bestselling American novels, American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams.

Sittenfeld is an Stanford undergraduate and Iowa Writers’ Workshop alum. In an interview with Barnes & Nobles, she said that the book that most influenced her life and career as a writer is Monkeys by Susan Minot. An interesting fact is that Sittenfeld was named one of Glamour Magazine’s College Women of the Year her senior year.

First, I linked to Sittenfeld’s professional website so the readers can take it upon themselves to read more on her work. I also linked to the interview, to give Barnes&Noble credit and to gain credibility from my readers. Personally, I’ve never heard of Monkeys by Susan Minot, so I don’t expect my readers to know  either.

Sittenfeld is received a MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. This workshop is the first to offer a creative writing degree in the country and is well-known for pumping out famous writers, novelists, and poets. Other famous authors that have gone through the school include John Irving, Paul Harding, and Kurt Vonnegut.

Here I chose this blog because it features articles on creative writing programs and students around the country.

The main character in Sittenfeld’s most recent novel, American Wife, is said to have many similarities as the Former First Lady Laura Bush. American Wife has received much praise and was selected as one of the Ten Best Books of 2008 by Time, People, and Entertainment Weekly.

I thought it was appropriate to link my readers to a discussion on Sittenfeld’s most recent novel. This allows them to see first-hand what readers like and dislike.


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