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Priscilla Oliveras MFA, MPA
Joined Seton Hill
2019
Hometown
Gainesville, FL
Contact Info
pkissinger@setonhill.edu

Priscilla Oliveras is a USA Today bestselling author and 2018 RWA® RITA® double finalist who writes 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. She and her work have earned praise in the Washington Post, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Redbook, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist, amongst others. Priscilla earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and currently serves as a mentor in the program while also teaching the online class “Romance Writing” for ed2go. To find out more about her books, visit her website at www.prisoliveras.com

Education

  • MFA, Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA), 2013
  • MPA, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL), 2010
  • BA, University of Maryland, University College (Okinawa, Japan), 2004

Publications

Organizations

  • Romance Writers of America; General Member; Director-at-Large on the National Board [More Information]

Presentations

  • “Dissecting the Romance Plot with 'You've Got Mail'”-- analyzing a rom-com film and a classic romance novel to identify the eight essential and three optional plot elements discussed in the Pamela Regis text A Natural History of the Romance Novel
  • “Characters: The Heart of the Romance Novel”-- a discussion and hands-on presentation covering several character drafting/creating techniques useful for a writer's toolbox
  • “Balancing Emotion and Pacing for Unforgettable Fiction”-- adding emotion to scenes without slowing the pacing to provide the right amount of emotional impact that pushes the story forward and compels the reader to turn the page
  • “The 411 on GMC: Do You Know Your Characters?”-- breaking down the elements of GMC, utilizing the text by Debra Dixon, referencing Pride & Prejudice character examples
  • “Stepping into Your Character’s Shoes”-- character building utilizing Getting into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors by Brandilyn Collins
  • “Marketing for Discoverability”-- a discussion and insight on author self-assessment, identifying comp authors and titles, and ways authors can work independently and in groups to leverage cross-promo opportunities

Achievements

  • USA Today Bestselling Author
  • 2018 RWA® RITA® double finalist; Best First Book, Best Mid-Length Contemporary