I always enjoy meeting you guys, but I’m (still!) trying as hard as possible—with mixed results—NOT to travel much through 2018, so I can stay home and get the next book written. <wry g>
This webpage is my official list of my upcoming public appearances. It is updated as information becomes available for release. For the most current information about an event, please consult the event host’s webpage listed here.
If you have questions about—or problems with—obtaining tickets for an event, please contact the listed host organization of the event. All ticket sales are handled by event organizers and their ticket brokers.
Please keep in mind that many events will sell out quickly, sometimes in only hours—or even minutes!—after the tickets are released for sale.
Friday, August 10, 2018 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Susanna Kearsley signed BELLEWETHER, Hosted by Diana Gabaldon!
This event occurred at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Saturday, August 25, 2018 – Near CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Diana will be a featured author at Wizard World Chicago (one day only). Actors from the TV series will also be featured at this fan convention, including Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, and Sophie Skelton!
Separate purchased tickets are required for autographs and photo ops. Details below.
Wizard World Chicago
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60016
Diana Gabaldon and four of the stars from the Starz Outlander TV series will be featured at the Wizardworld Convention to be held in Chicago, Illinois from August 23 through the 26th, 2018.
Diana has confirmed she will attend Wizard World in Chicago ONLY on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, and Sophie Skelton will attend for more than one day.
Important: Tickets to this convention, especially those for autographs and photo ops with Diana and the Outlander TV stars, may sell out quickly and at any time! Purchase your tickets online as early as possible to avoid disappointment! (Note: ‘Photo ops’ are opportunities for you to pose with an author or star to have your photo taken with them.)
Tickets for Admission, Autograph Sessions & Photo Ops:
To attend Wizard World Chicago, you must first buy an Admission Ticket. To attend the con on Saturday only, the day Diana will be there, the admission ticket is $55. To attend all four days of the convention, the admission ticket is $95.
If you wish to obtain an autograph or have your photo taken with Diana, you must purchase tickets from Wizard World for those separately in addition to your Admission ticket. (Charges for autographs and photo ops are required by Wizard World, which is common among corporately managed conventions. Diana does not normally charge readers for her autograph or for photo ops at events, such as book release events, book signings, book festivals, and fan-run science fiction and fantasy conventions.)
Wizard World autograph ticket for Diana Gabaldon: $40
Wizard World ticket for a photo op with Diana: $40
Wizard World combination ticket (both an autograph and photo op ticket with Diana): $70
Wizard World Autographs Information:
The autograph ticket with Diana includes one (1) paperback copy of WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD. You can choose to have this paperback signed OR bring one book or item from home.
Link For Buying Tickets:
The link to buy all Wizard World Chicago admission, photo op, Autograph, and VIP package tickets is:
If you are not familiar with Wizard World ticketing and VIP packages, more information is below. Plus be sure to check the Wizard World Chicago information on their website prior to purchasing, so you will have the latest, up-to-date information.
Tickets – To VIP or Not To VIP? That Is The Question…
To get in the door at Wizard World Chicago, as stated above you MUST first buy an Admission Ticket in advance! Then you may add autograph and photo op tickets that you wish to have.
On the other hand, if you want to spend all four days at Wizard Con, you can instead buy a VIP package for one lump sum, which includes admission, autographs and photo ops in the price, plus Wizard World lists benefits such as priority seating, priority lines for autographs and photo ops, and free items.
There are three Outlander-related VIP ticket packages that are available, which include your admission ticket along with autograph and photo op tickets, plus other benefits:
- The Outlander VIP package includes a four-day Admission ticket, plus autographs and photo ops with Diana, Sam Heughan, and Caitriona Balfe.
- The Caitriona Balfe VIP package includes a four-day Admission ticket, plus an autograph and photo op with Caitriona Balfe, the actress who plays Claire on the Outlander TV series, plus other benefits.
- The Sam Heughan VIP package includes a four-day Admission ticket, plus an autograph and photo op with Sam Heughan, the actor who plays Jamie on the Outlander TV series, plus other benefits.
Wizard World Convention Schedule:
No matter what package you buy, you MUST stay up-to-date on the con’s schedule, which can be changed and updated at any time. Keep in mind that Diana Gabaldon will attend Wizard World in Chicago on Saturday ONLY (August 25, 2018). The Wizard World Chicago event schedule link is:
As of May 26, the detailed convention schedules for Diana and others have not been posted. Check this link often for updates on when panels and other Outlander-related events will be held, and also vital information on autograph and photo op schedules:
Tentative days that actors from the Starz Outlander TV series will attend Wizard World:
Sam Heughan Saturday through Sunday
Caitriona Balfe: Saturday through Sunday
Graham McTavish: Friday through Saturday
Sophie Skelton: Saturday through Sunday
Multiple guests from TV and movies will be at Wizard World Chicago! If you are a Trekkie as well as an Outlander fan, Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhuru in the original Star Trek series, will be there from Thursday through Sunday, too!
Autograph and Photo Op Prices for Outlander Actors:
Sam Heughan photo op: $100
Caitriona Balfe photo op: $100
Sophie Skelton photo op: $65
Outlander Group photo op No. 1 Option: $ 240.00, as listed above. The Outlander Group photo includes an Outlander Group photo of you with Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, and Diana Gabaldon.
Maximum 2 adults and 2 children under 12 in all photo ops at Wizard World.
You must bring your printed photo op tickets with you to the photo ops areas at the event.
To buy an autograph ticket for stars from the Outlander TV series, you may purchase them individually or in special “packages.” There is a VIP package for Outlander (Sam and Caitriona autographs and photo ops included) or you may buy a VIP package just for Sam or Caitriona.
Individual autograph tickets:
Caitriona Balfe: $80
Sam Heughan: $80
The prices for autographs by Graham McTavish and Sophie Skelton were not listed yet as of May 26, 2018.
If you prefer, instead of purchasing admission and other tickets individually, Wizard World offers “VIP” packages which include admission to all four days of the Chicago con, and autographs and photo ops with a specific actor in the price. Also included are access to the VIP lines for panels and programming and other goodies:
Caitriona Balfe Gold VIP Package: $379
Sam Heughan Gold VIP Package: $ 379
Outlander Dual Gold VIP package (Both Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe): $535
Plan Carefully and Stay Informed!
Reminder: To enjoy a large comic con, careful planning is a must both before the con and during it. And expect large crowds. (More information about Wizard World and for-profit comic cons is below for those who have never attended one.)
Image at right: Cosplay participants at a Wizard World event. Photo credit: PHIL17.
Staying up-to-date and paying careful attention to the con schedule is essential, which lists when and where autograph and photo op sessions will be held, and also the times and locations of programming events such as panels and talks that you wish to attend. Why? Because information and plans for each con event may change, even at the last minute. If you miss an autograph or photo op session that you have bought a ticket for, there are no refunds even if you were unaware of a schedule change. The schedule is listed online, so consider taking your smart phone or tablet with you; some cons will provide a printed version when you check in.
Tickets to Wizard World for admission, photo ops, and autographs are purchased online. Be sure to follow instructions and print out your tickets in advance, and have a digital copy on your phone or tablet. The con website warns fans that they should NOT buy tickets second-hand on Craigslist, ebay, or any other way, because tickets are not transferable. The name on the ticket registration must match the attendee’s photo ID.
At large media conventions for fans, there are usually lines for everything, so plan for that. To obtain a good seat at talks and panels (which usually don’t have reserved or assigned seats), you may need to get in line early! VIP packages for Wizard World list benefits in some cases such as a special place in line ahead of other fans; check with the con website or personnel for details. Disabled fans should discuss arrangements for them with con personnel when they check in or in advance of the convention.
No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.
October 19-21, 2018 – SURREY, BC
Diana Gabaldon will be a guest author at the annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference (SiWC).
A paid registration is required for the conference. Details are below.
Southwest International Writers’ Conference
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
To be announced.
Are you an aspiring author who wants to learn how to get published from industry experts? Diana has again agreed to be one of the authors at the 26th annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference from October 19-21, 2018, a workshop-based conference with a focus on development of skills and industry-based knowledge.
Multiple workshops are held at the conference in which attendees learn about the publishing industry from professionals including multiple authors and agents. Rub elbows with the pros and get their feedback on your work!
Diana has been a guest author at this annual conference in previous years, too, hosting workshops and giving talks, signing books, and serving as a judge at the Writing Contest.
Surrey is located very near and southeast of Vancouver, British Columbia, on Canada’s scenic west coast, is near the Canada-U.S.A. border, and is about 150 miles north of Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Registration details for the 2018 Southwest International Writers Conference will be released some time in June, 2018 on the SIWC website.
A paid conference registration is required to attend any of the workshops, talks, book signings, panels, or other events. (The only exceptions are Master Classes held on Thursday before the conference; persons who are and those who are not attending the main conference may sign up for those.)
Registration fees for 2018 have not yet been announced. Last year (2017), the registration cost per person for the full three-day conference ranged from $499 to $649. One-day passes ranged from $250 to $350 per day. The program for young authors was $75. In 2017, Master Classes on Thursday were $125 for conference attendees and $159 for those not signed up for the conference. (From Diana’s Webmistress: Sorry, but I am not sure if these 2017 prices were in Canadian dollars or U.S. dollars. Probably Canadian…) If you plan to attend, keep in mind that all types of memberships sold out in 2017, and may sell out in advance in 2018.
Each year at SiWC a writing contest is held, and will open for 2018 entries on April 1, 2018. In previous years, the dozen or so best shortlisted stories were read and judged by Diana and Jack Whyte. The awards are given out at SiWC in October. Winners have the option of publishing their stories in Pulp Literature magazine.
In the photo at right, author judges Jack Whyte and Diana Gabaldon are shown giving writing award in October, 2013, to Jennifer Manuel, center, the first entrant ever to tie with herself for first place. Photo credit: SIWC blog.
The main prize winner in 2017 received $1,000 (in Canadian dollars), which is about $775 in U.S. dollars. The entry fee in 2017 for authors was $15 (Canadian).
Details for the 2018 SiWC Writing Contest will be posted (presumably some time before April 18) at:
There are two types of scholarships available to help attend SiWC:
The SiWC Diversity Scholarship hopes to make SiWC accessible to an attendee who would not otherwise be able to attend. It is open to any writer, age 19 and over, who requires financial assistance to attend SiWC and self-identifies as having a diverse experience, including, but not limited to, being a person of colour; gender diversity; LGBTQIA; belonging to an ethnic, cultural, or religious minority; and/or being a person with a disability.
Aspiring writers who are 15 to 22 years old may apply for the Tan Seagull Scholarships For Young Authors, which awards one full three-day conference membership, and two one-day passes to the Young Authors program.
Attendee and Hotel Information:
Those thinking about attending should explore the SiWC webpages for hotel and other information at:
SiWC Contact Information:
SiWC Email Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, October 28, 2018 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ
New! Come to a book release party celebrating the special 25th Anniversary Edition of VOYAGER! Diana will give a talk during the program, answer audience questions, and then a book signing with her will follow.
Doors open at 12:15 p.m.
A purchased ticket ($43 each) is required for each person. See below for details.
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Phone: (480) 947-2974
Toll Free: (888) 560-9919
Event Will Be Held At (Venue):
DoubleTree Hilton of Paradise Valley
5401 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85250
A new, special edition of VOYAGER will be released this October for the 25th anniversary of its first publication in the U.S.A.! Celebrate by coming to hear Diana Gabaldon speak about VOYAGER and her other Outlander and Lord John books.
Doors open at noon. The program begins at 1:00 p.m. Diana will give a talk for 45 minutes, then will answer questions from the audience for 15 minutes, followed by a book signing.
You must purchase a ticket for each person attending the event, which includes a one-hour program and book signing, both with Diana Gabaldon. Each entry ticket price ($43 per person) will include a copy of the new VOYAGER 25th Anniversary Edition ($40 value).
Click here to purchase your ticket(s) on the EventBrite website.
Note that events featuring Diana almost always sell out quickly! Please purchase as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Your ticket to the event guarantees a seat for you, but there are no reserved seats. You will choose your chair on a first-come, first-served basis once the doors open.
Why are the tickets purchased from the Pen required to attend? The tickets ensure that each ticket-holder will be guaranteed a seat at the event and a place in the book signing line with Diana. Events featuring Diana Gabaldon tend to be very popular, and can sell out quickly. The Pen wants to ensure that everyone who comes has a seat for her talk and a place in the signing line. Plus the ticket and book purchases help pay for the venue costs.
Additional books by Diana will be available for purchase, too.
Book Signing Details:
Those who attend the event and join the signing line may ask Diana to personalize their copies (such as adding “To (Your Name)”) in addition to the general greeting, “Slainte.” The Pen is sorry, but there will not be enough time for Diana to write out custom paragraph greetings or sayings in the signing line.
Important: Multiple book signing is limited to ONLY TWO (2) PERSONAL PRE-OWNED BOOKS brought from home per attendee, please, in addition to the new hardcover you will receive with each ticket purchase.
A professional photographer will be on-site if you wish to have a photo taken with Diana in the signing line. Photos taken by attendees using personal cameras, tablets or smart phones will NOT be allowed in the signing line. This is necessary to keep the long signing line moving smoothly, so that everyone attending will have their moment to meet and greet Diana and have their books signed.
For Out-of-Town Attendees
If you are traveling from out of town to attend this event, please be sure you have purchased a ticket to the event to ensure you have a seat before making your travel plans!
The Doubletree Hilton of Paradise Valley has a Limited Room Special (discount) of $139 plus tax, room fees, and resort fees. (Contact the Hilton for an exact amount of the tax and fees.) The discounted room rate is for October 28 ONLY, and advance reservations are required. Please call the Hilton toll-free at (866) 866-8107 to make your reservations, and BE SURE to specify that you are attending The Poisoned Pen event featuring Diana Gabaldon on October 28, 2018, to receive the discount.
Hosts’ Event Webpage:
Click here to visit the Pen’s page for this event with Diana, which has up-do-date information from the event host and organizers.
No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.
No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.
General Information – Appearances
Please keep the following in mind:
- If tickets are required for an event, they may be free or require a fee which goes to the hosting organization or sponsor. Tickets for ALL events featuring Diana usually sell out very quickly once they become available.
- Sometimes Diana’s Webmistress doesn’t receive information and details about events in a timely manner, and can’t post what she doesn’t have. Event hosts featuring Diana are strongly encouraged to notify Diana’s Webmistress when they post an event with Diana, and also dates when tickets will go on sale so that readers will be kept informed.
- PLEASE CHECK WITH THE HOSTING ORGANIZATION OR SPONSOR of an appearance or event OFTEN for the latest information, ticketing, venue changes, policies and updates! This list is provided as a convenience and my webmistress works hard to keep it current, but it may not always be perfectly up-to-date.
- If you have questions about an appearance or need more details, please contact the host organization or sponsor listed, not myself or my staff. The hosts or sponsors do the event planning and have all the answers. Thanks!
- Diana is always happy to sign and personalize your books at signing events as time allows. However, note that some events and venues may require a book purchase or have a limit on how many books you can bring from home for signing. Please check with the event host or sponsor if details are not listed on this webpage.
Photo caption, top-right photo: Diana signing a book for a reader at Lady Chamberlain’s Bookshop during the 2012 Arizona Renaissance Festival. Photo by Diana’s Webmistress. More photos from this festival.
This page was last updated on Tuesday, August 14,2018 at 5:40 p.m. (Pacific Time) by Diana’s Webmistress.