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.

6 Powerful Sentence Types

Gain confidence in your writing by learning the six most common sentence types that accomplished writers employ.

The Building Blocks of Sentences

Juicy verbs, playful adverbs, clever adjectives, and preposition pileups: learn advanced techniques to ignite your sentences.

Breaking the Rules

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

Writing Challenges

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

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.

Bookfox has appeared in:

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

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome to the Course!

    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Finding Your Sentence Style

    • 2. PDF

  • 02

    4 Pillars of Sentence Writing

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 27. Four Book Recommendations

    • 28. Four Final Sentence Missions

Reviews of the Course

MAITE URBINA

5 star rating

“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

5 star rating

“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

5 star rating

“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

5 star rating

“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

5 star rating

“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

5 star rating

“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

5 star rating

“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

5 star rating

“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

5 star rating

“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

5 star rating

“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

5 star rating

“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

5 star rating

“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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MORE Reviews!

Hannah Balagna

5 star rating

“I absolutely loved this course. I've been writing for ten years, relying exclusively on my intuition when it came to sentences, and I'm so glad I finally got some outside help because I learned so much. I highly recommend!”

“I absolutely loved this course. I've been writing for ten years, relying exclusively on my intuition when it came to sentences, and I'm so glad I finally got some outside help because I learned so much. I highly recommend!”

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Chris Day

5 star rating

“This is the course I've been waiting for; the one with the magic formulas for becoming a better writer and engaging readers. I'm only a few videos in and it's already worth every penny. ”

“This is the course I've been waiting for; the one with the magic formulas for becoming a better writer and engaging readers. I'm only a few videos in and it's already worth every penny. ”

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Theresa Hines

5 star rating

“This course was really great to work through, enlightening me in numerous ways on how to utilize words and form sentence structures.”

“This course was really great to work through, enlightening me in numerous ways on how to utilize words and form sentence structures.”

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Andrew Dransfield

5 star rating

“This course has drastically altered the way I think about and write sentences. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for ways to improve their craft. It's so useful I expect to go through it a few more times.”

“This course has drastically altered the way I think about and write sentences. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for ways to improve their craft. It's so useful I expect to go through it a few more times.”

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Tony Walker

5 star rating

“Very much enjoying the course. Expertly produced by an expert educator with top class sound and vision. ”

“Very much enjoying the course. Expertly produced by an expert educator with top class sound and vision. ”

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kathleen Miller

4 star rating

“The videos are fast-paced and very informative. John is easy to listen to and clearly passionate about his work. Critique for improvement: The powerpt slides were randomly bold print on the second lines and sometimes in "all caps" for no apparen...”

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“The videos are fast-paced and very informative. John is easy to listen to and clearly passionate about his work. Critique for improvement: The powerpt slides were randomly bold print on the second lines and sometimes in "all caps" for no apparent reason.”

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Michelle Cornish

5 star rating

“By far the best technical craft information I've gleaned from any other course or book! My mind is blown and my sentences have never been better!”

“By far the best technical craft information I've gleaned from any other course or book! My mind is blown and my sentences have never been better!”

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George Bloom

5 star rating

“Imagine a ship without a rudder. You don't want to miss this class. Unlike other aspirational classes on writing, John provides excellent tactical points. He's got engaging energy, lots of colored shirts and a slew of memorable lessons you won't...”

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“Imagine a ship without a rudder. You don't want to miss this class. Unlike other aspirational classes on writing, John provides excellent tactical points. He's got engaging energy, lots of colored shirts and a slew of memorable lessons you won't forget. One a scale of 1 out 5 stars I give him 10 stars!”

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Sandra Stevens

5 star rating

“I learned so much from this course and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve. I also appreciated the PDFs.”

“I learned so much from this course and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve. I also appreciated the PDFs.”

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Jeff Cilione

5 star rating

“An informative and enjoyable course, and, surprise, surprise, I didn’t want to kill John. He has a relaxed, friendly way of sharing information, and his breadth of knowledge is impressive. Following his suggestions, I, 1) rewrote a couple of ...”

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“An informative and enjoyable course, and, surprise, surprise, I didn’t want to kill John. He has a relaxed, friendly way of sharing information, and his breadth of knowledge is impressive. Following his suggestions, I, 1) rewrote a couple of unfinished shorts (for the better); and, 2) was happy to find some of his bits of info were already in my bag of tricks. It's a lotta learnin’ at a great price. I'm looking forward to what's next (I already purchased two more of his courses). ”

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