March 2019 STAR workshop with Priscilla Oliveras

Dissecting the romance plot with ‘You’ve Got Mail’

March 23, 2019
12-4 p.m.
West Melbourne Library
2755 Wingate Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32904


Learn the eight essential and three optional elements of a romance novel Pamela Regis details in her classic text A Natural History of the Romance Novel by dissecting the romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail” to see how the elements are woven together to craft a Keeper Shelf film/novel.

About the workshop: The romance plot is far more than a simple “Boy meets girl, boy gets girl, and they live Happily Ever After.” Let’s face it, a plot like that makes for a dull story, the opposite of the Keeper Shelf novel we aspire to write. Using the principles found in the classic textbook “A Natural History of the Romance Novel” written by Pamela Regis as a guide, this presentation will detail the eight essential and three optional elements of a romance novel that Regis explores in her book. With the help of scenes from the classic romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail”, attendees will see how the eight essential elements, with the help of one of the three optional elements, can be woven together to create a Keeper Shelf novel/film one that meets your readers’ expectations and has them clamoring for more.

About Priscilla Oliveras

Priscilla Oliveras

PRISCILLA OLIVERAS is a 2018 RWA RITA¬† double finalist who writes sweet contemporary romance with a Latinx flavor. Proud of her Puerto Rican-Mexican heritage, she strives to bring authenticity to her novels by sharing her Latinx culture with readers. Priscilla’s debut release, His Perfect Partner, and the second book in her Matched to Perfection series, Her Perfect Affair, both earned Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Since earning an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, she serves as English adjunct faculty at her local college and teaches an on-line course titled “Romance Writing” offered by ed2go. Priscilla is a sports fan, beach lover, and Zumba aficionado who often practices the art of napping in her backyard hammock. To follow along on her fun-filled and hectic life, visit her on the web at, on Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram via @prisoliveras.