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Chris Tebbetts

CHRIS TEBBETTS is the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestselling MIDDLE SCHOOL series with James Patterson, as well as the bestselling STRANDED series with Jeff Probst from TV’s “Survivor.” Chris is also the author of two YA novels: ME, MYSELF, AND HIM and M OR F? (with Lisa Papademetriou); the bestselling adult thriller 1ST CASE (also with James Patterson); and the middle grade fantasy-adventure series, THE VIKING. His work has received children’s choice awards in Oregon and Hawaii, as well a Sunshine State Young Readers Award nomination, and a nod on the New York Public Library’s annual list of Books For the Teen Age. He offers author talks and writing workshops for any age from fourth grade through adult, online and (when feasible) in person. Chris has visited schools around the country and taught for the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, Highlights Foundation, Adirondack Center for Writing, and others. Find him online at and @christebbetts.

“Chris Tebbetts is an extraordinary teacher—his direct critique went straight to the heart of my novel and the techniques he provided, through the live and recorded sessions gave me revision tools which are relevant to my manuscript and to my overall writing goals.”

“Erin [Dionne] and Chris were excellent co-teachers. I appreciated that their different writing processes added a wonderful dimension to their input.”

“Erin Dionne and Chris Tebbetts are both great teachers and make learning fun.”

“Both Chris and Erin [Dionne] created a safe and friendly atmosphere for helping us improve ourselves.”

“I loved Learning from Erin Dionne and Chris Tebbetts. They are both excellent teachers and support each other very nicely.”

“I especially liked that Chris and Erin [Dionne] had different approaches to their successful writing!  It helped illustrate how, as writers, there is NO ONE WAY to approach writing for kids.”

“Erin Dionne and Chris Tebbetts are both incredible writing teachers! They gave an unbelievable amount of practical advice. Within three months after taking the course, after reviewing the videos many times, I was able to write the entire novel… over 50,000 words. I am amazed!”

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