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

  • 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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  • 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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  • kelly grenier

    “Excellent course. I am rewatching these videos again and again, and getting more out of them each time. Definitely 5 stars!”

    “Excellent course. I am rewatching these videos again and again, and getting more out of them each time. Definitely 5 stars!”

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  • Joanne Evans

    “I learned so much from this course!”

    “I learned so much from this course!”

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  • Laura swart

    “Outstanding sentence course. Thanks so much! Loved the teaching style.”

    “Outstanding sentence course. Thanks so much! Loved the teaching style.”

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  • matt lewis

    “Content of course was really good, small chunks easily absorbed. As a published illustrator and author I still gained valuable insight and information from John. Highly recommend this course.”

    “Content of course was really good, small chunks easily absorbed. As a published illustrator and author I still gained valuable insight and information from John. Highly recommend this course.”

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  • Thomas DeMuro

    “This was a fantastic online course from beginning to end. John is very concise and honest as he guides you from the beginning to the end of the book writing process. His approach is direct and includes all the nuts and bolts while still allowing f...”

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    “This was a fantastic online course from beginning to end. John is very concise and honest as he guides you from the beginning to the end of the book writing process. His approach is direct and includes all the nuts and bolts while still allowing for your own personal creativity. I have taken several community college courses on the same topic in the past that cost much more and were not nearly as comprehensive. I highly recommend this course! ”

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  • Natalie Pelfrey

    “Absolutely love the attitude and advice of the Bookfox!”

    “Absolutely love the attitude and advice of the Bookfox!”

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  • Carolina Bucker

    “I am so glad I found this course! It gave me the confidence I needed and easy to apply guidance. ”

    “I am so glad I found this course! It gave me the confidence I needed and easy to apply guidance. ”

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  • Mary Haque

    “I love this so far!! I am so glad I picked up this course!”

    “I love this so far!! I am so glad I picked up this course!”

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  • Lisa Kritz

    “This has been incredibly helpful. I feel more confident in my process. Moving right along!”

    “This has been incredibly helpful. I feel more confident in my process. Moving right along!”

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