This Course Offers

  • 28 Videos

    These videos show you examples of incredible sentences and offers practical steps to help you take your sentences up a level

  • Quizzes and PDFs

    Test your knowledge with quizzes and find a vast treasure trove of excellent sentences in the PDFs.

  • Writing Challenges

    Try your hand at writing each type of sentence with innovative sentence challenges. Includes the PDF "100 Sentence Challenges."

Five Main Sections of the Course

Four Pillars of Sentence Writing

Learn the 2/3/1 rule, how to use leaning and standalone clauses, and how to speed up and slow down a sentence.
Four Pillars of Sentence Writing

6 Powerful Sentence Types

Gain confidence in your writing by learning the six most common sentence types that professional writers employ.
6 Powerful Sentence Types

The Building Blocks of Sentences

Juicy verbs, party adverbs, harnessing adjectives, preposition pileups: learn advanced techniques to ignite your sentences.
The Building Blocks of Sentences

Breaking the Rules

Ignore all the rules you've ever heard -- I'll teach you how to use passive verbs, fragments, mix high/diction, use repetition, and make up words.
Breaking the Rules

Writing Challenges

Are you up to the challenge? See if you can jump through the verbal hoops and pull off virtuoso sentences.
Writing Challenges

FAQ

  • Is this for beginners or experts?

    Whether you're just starting to write or have several books out, this course will improve your sentences. I start with basics but escalate to sophisticated techniques.

  • Is this for fiction or nonfiction writers?

    All my lessons are applicable for any writer, no matter the genre, but most of my examples come from fiction.

  • I live in X country. Can I take the course?

    This course is available worldwide.

  • How long will the course take?

    You can go at your own pace. But if you do one video/quiz/writing challenge per day, the course would take just over 3 weeks. If you take it full time, it would take about a week.

  • What if my question isn't answered here?

    Email me and ask: bookfoxeditor@gmail.com

What makes this course different?

  • No Cliche Advice

    Think of all the rules you've heard about sentences. I throw them all out the window and push beyond toward practical, advanced instruction.

  • Not Pretentious

    Look, I love a complex, poetic sentence as much as anybody. But sometimes a swift, direct, acidic sentence fits the bill. Beauty comes in many forms.

  • Not Boring

    So many sentence books and courses put me to sleep. Sentences are joyous, beautiful, jitterbugging works of art, and we should have fun with them.

Course curriculum

  • 01
    Welcome to the Course!
    Show Content
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Finding Your Sentence Style
    • 2. PDF
  • 02
    4 Pillars of Sentence Writing
    Show Content
    • 3. Order Your Sentences
    • 3. Quiz
    • 3. PDF
    • 4. Focus Your Sentences
    • 4. Quiz
    • 4. PDF
    • 5. Pace Your Sentences
    • 5. Quiz
    • 5. PDF
    • 6. Vary Your Sentences
    • 6. Quiz
    • 6. PDF
  • 03
    6 Powerful Sentence Types
    Show Content
    • 7. Narrative Sentence
    • 7. PDF
    • 8. Strong Sentence
    • 8. PDF
    • 9. List Sentence
    • 9. PDF
    • 10. Long Sentence
    • 10. PDF
    • 11. Short Sentences
    • 11. PDF
    • 12. Analogy Sentence
    • 12. PDF
  • 04
    Building Blocks of Sentences
    Show Content
    • 13. Sexy Verbs
    • 13. Quiz
    • 13. PDF
    • 14. To Adverb or Not to Adverb
    • 14. PDF
    • 15. Harness Your Adjectives
    • 15. PDF
    • 16. Preposition Pileups
    • 16. Quiz
  • 05
    Breaking the Rules
    Show Content
    • 17. The Pleasures of Passive Verbs
    • 17. PDF
    • 17. Quiz
    • 18. Glorious Fragments
    • 18. PDF
    • 18. Quiz
    • 19. Everybody Gets High, Everybody Gets Low
    • 19. PDF
    • 19. Quiz
    • 20. Set It On Repeat: Sentence Repetition
    • 20. PDF
    • 20. Quiz
    • 21. The Playground of Wordplay
    • 21. PDF
    • 21. Quiz
  • 06
    Sentence Challenges
    Show Content
    • 22. Controlling Your Sentences
    • 22 & 23. PDF
    • 23. Evolve Your Sentence
    • 24. Beautiful Sentences
    • 24. PDF
    • 25. Wise Sentences
    • 25. PDF
    • 26. Lop Off the Sentence Caboose
    • 26. Quiz
  • 07
    The End
    Show Content
    • 27. Four Book Recommendations
    • 28. Four Final Sentence Missions
  • John Matthew Fox

    Instructor Bio:

    I’ve spent the last ten years working as an editor and my book “I Will Shout Your Name” was published by Press 53. I've been published in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and won fiction contests at Third Coast and Shenandoah. In a former life I was a college professor — I earned an MFA from the University of Southern California and an MA from New York University, but now I focus on Bookfox full time.

    John Matthew Fox

    John Matthew Fox

Reviews of the Course

  • MAITE URBINA

    “I LOVED IT. Seriously.. this sentence course made me feel alive again. I was going through a rough time, wanting to write but not being able to. And then I found Bookfox online and decided to take it during this awful pandemic. And HOLY COW? It ga...”

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    “I LOVED IT. Seriously.. this sentence course made me feel alive again. I was going through a rough time, wanting to write but not being able to. And then I found Bookfox online and decided to take it during this awful pandemic. And HOLY COW? It gave me inspiration again. I am halfway through writing a work now. I am super happy! THANK YOU SO MUCH!”

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  • Sophia Pelsue

    “I loved this course. I gained a lot of confidence while going through the sentence challenges, especially with writing long sentences. I am able to look at my writing and see what I have to do in order to give it more variety. I loved seeing so ma...”

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    “I loved this course. I gained a lot of confidence while going through the sentence challenges, especially with writing long sentences. I am able to look at my writing and see what I have to do in order to give it more variety. I loved seeing so many great sentences; it allowed me to see just how wonderful they can truly become. ”

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  • jessica pennington

    “This course provides you with knowledge you might slowly and subconsciously learn over a long period of time, but having these things pointed out and explained will definitely save you decades. I haven’t even finished the course yet and I’ve alrea...”

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    “This course provides you with knowledge you might slowly and subconsciously learn over a long period of time, but having these things pointed out and explained will definitely save you decades. I haven’t even finished the course yet and I’ve already learned things that have drastically improved my writing, simple things that without this course might’ve taken me years of frustration to become aware of. Highly recommended. ”

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  • Joanne Tomlinson

    “Not only is this course jam packed with juicy, pacy prose ideas, a dazzling array of T-shirts, and equally dazzling array of sentences, it is also an amplification , yet nutshell version of the building blocks of reaching down your reader's throat...”

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    “Not only is this course jam packed with juicy, pacy prose ideas, a dazzling array of T-shirts, and equally dazzling array of sentences, it is also an amplification , yet nutshell version of the building blocks of reaching down your reader's throats and knocking out their tonsils.”

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  • Ruth Pedley

    “This course rejuvenated my love of writing and will have a dramatic and positive effect on your sentence style. Take it!”

    “This course rejuvenated my love of writing and will have a dramatic and positive effect on your sentence style. Take it!”

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  • Raven Garland

    “I love this course. There are videos, quizzes, and pdfs that can be downloaded and printed out. Being a word enthusiast, and while creating my own very first online course for teaching the nuts and bolts of English, I feel like I have found a diam...”

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    “I love this course. There are videos, quizzes, and pdfs that can be downloaded and printed out. Being a word enthusiast, and while creating my own very first online course for teaching the nuts and bolts of English, I feel like I have found a diamond in the internet of crushed gravel. Ha ha! That was fun to write.”

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  • Cathy Tenzo

    “This course was fun, and I thought the teacher had a lot of good insights which I plan to use in my writing going forward. Much appreciated. I will be watching for more courses from this instructor.”

    “This course was fun, and I thought the teacher had a lot of good insights which I plan to use in my writing going forward. Much appreciated. I will be watching for more courses from this instructor.”

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  • Faye Mallett

    “Made me realize that great sentences don't just emerge whole and flow out from the author's mind -- huge revelation for a beginner! Highly informative and definitely worth the money. Thanks!”

    “Made me realize that great sentences don't just emerge whole and flow out from the author's mind -- huge revelation for a beginner! Highly informative and definitely worth the money. Thanks!”

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  • Nicki Boyd

    “The text of the course showing writing examples of how to write great sentences, as well as how John Matthew Fox presented it, was the most well laid out, easy to understand online course I have ever taken. Thank you.”

    “The text of the course showing writing examples of how to write great sentences, as well as how John Matthew Fox presented it, was the most well laid out, easy to understand online course I have ever taken. Thank you.”

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  • Thomas Clark

    “Smart sexy in a tight tee John Matthew Fox captured my attention to keep me nourished with emboldening information in a most intriguing and riveting way with his lively dialogue and varied POV’s of camera angles that delivered, in entertaining wa...”

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    “Smart sexy in a tight tee John Matthew Fox captured my attention to keep me nourished with emboldening information in a most intriguing and riveting way with his lively dialogue and varied POV’s of camera angles that delivered, in entertaining ways, invaluable ideas and insights—an inspiration for me to become a better writer. ”

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  • James Fox

    “I found this course to be very instructive and useful. Grammar is such a confusing subject and having the nuances explained has made me more excited to write.”

    “I found this course to be very instructive and useful. Grammar is such a confusing subject and having the nuances explained has made me more excited to write.”

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  • Kay A Klotzbach

    “The best part is the presenter. He is the bomb because he parts the Red Sea and walks on water, or at the very least teaches you how to write better sentences. I can't think of one thing that is critical. Other things that I enjoyed, his fashion s...”

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    “The best part is the presenter. He is the bomb because he parts the Red Sea and walks on water, or at the very least teaches you how to write better sentences. I can't think of one thing that is critical. Other things that I enjoyed, his fashion sense. Loved the change in T-shirts with writing themes. His presentation of the material was fun and easy to understand, dramatically improved my writing. The lectures are short, he reads examples from authors and provides PDF handouts. The course is worth every penny you spend, and you will not be sorry if you take it. I wish he had another course in plotting. I learned more in this course than reading numerous books and paying three times the money for another course I spent eight weeks on that I will not mention. Thank you John Fox!”

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