• “The smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting 'Scrooge McDuck' comics.”—Salon.com
  • A time-hopping, continent-spanning salmagundi of genres.”
  • “These books have to be word-of-mouth books because they're too weird to describe to anybody.”
    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor


2012 AZ Ren Fest

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.



May, 2018

Saturday, May 26, 2018 – PHOENIX, AZ

Diana will be a guest author at Phoenix Comic Fest (for one day only).

Phoenix-comic-fest-2018Purchased membership to the Fest is required for entry to all events. (As always, buy early to ensure you obtain a membership.)

Event Host:
Phoenix Comic Fest
Webpage: https://phoenixcomicfest.com

Note from Diana’s Webmistress: As recently as last year, Phoenix Comic Fest was formerly called “Phoenix Comicon.”

Celebrate your inner nerd! Phoenix Comic Fest is a convention and expo that celebrates Fandom and pop culture. This year’s Fest features include pop culture actors, top comic book writers and artists, panels, programming, exhibitors, costuming, and more.

Note that as of March 27, Diana is not yet listed as a guest author on the Phoenix Comic Fest website, but she has confirmed she is going. Please check the Phoenix Comic Fest website for updates and her final schedule for the convention on May 26.

Graham McTavish, an actor from the Outlander TV series, is a guest at Phoenix Comic Fest, along with many other movie and TV stars such as William Shatner (Captain Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series), Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show), and Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation)!

Description of what to expect from the Phoenix Comic Fest website:

“Phoenix Comic Fest brings your favorite movie and TV stars, comic book authors and artists, pop culture icons, and fandom celebrities right to you. Guest panels give you an opportunity to hear our guests talk about past, current, and upcoming projects, interact with their co-stars, and answer questions from the audience. Our guests also schedule time either before or after panels for photo ops and autographs for an additional fee. Photos and autographs are usually sold on a limited basis to accommodate the actor’s schedule, so be sure to buy yours early. Many of our guests stay through the weekend, but some are only here for one day, so make sure you plan your schedule around their appearances.”

Memberships and Tickets:

You may buy a Saturday-only membership, the day Diana will be at the Fest, or purchase a membership for all three days of the convention. Prices vary, and often sell out. For information on available memberships, go to:


Note that autographs and photo ops cost extra, and limited tickets are sold for each celebrity! Be sure to purchase these if you wish them, too.

June, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

July, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

August, 2018

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!

wizard-world-logoTickets for admission are required, and is registration for the convention.

Separate purchased tickets are required for autographs and photo ops. Details below.

Wizard World Chicago

Event Venue:
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.

VIP Packages:

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:

  1. The Outlander VIP package includes a four-day Admission ticket, plus autographs and photo ops with Diana, Sam Heughan, and Caitriona Balfe.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

VIP Packages:

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!

wizard-world-batman-phil17Reminder: 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.

For-Profit Cons vs. Fan-Run Non-Profit Cons

Wizard World Chicago is convention known as a “comic con.” Comic cons are typically conventions for fans that are run by for-profit companies and are held around the country. Wizard World’s parent company organizes multiple fan events each year around the U.S. (Note that Wizard World is not affiliated with the largest Comic Con held annually in San Diego.)

Comic cons began as conventions which focussed on comic books and movies or TV shows inspired by comic books. Over the years these comic conventions have expanded to include TV shows and movies that were inspired by science fiction and fantasy books.

Comic cons can be a lot of fun! Programming events typically include talks and panel discussions featuring authors, actors and other professionals. Art shows display both professional and amateur works, with many for sale. The dealer’s room has merchandise such as books, comics, toys, costume pieces, jewelry, and other items for sale from many independent vendors. There is lots of ‘cosplay,’ or fans dressed up as their favorite comic book, TV or movie characters in fabulous costumes they have made themselves or purchased; there is usually a masquerade and costume contest. Some cons have special activities for children, too.

Wizard World Chicago is a for-profit convention; to attend you have to pay for your admission, plus pay extra for items such as autographs by actors and authors, and photo ops with your favorite actors or authors. There are for-profit comic cons held all over the U.S. and internationally. Some examples besides the Wizard World cons are Comic Con International: San Diego (aka “San Diego Comic Con”), Phoenix Comic Fest, New York Comic Con, and Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. These corporate events attract tens of thousands of attendees. Emerald City Comic Con reported 95,000 fans in 2018, and the San Diego comic con has attracted more than 150,000 people. These for-profit conventions run by companies usually feature many movie and TV actors as featured guests, who are often paid for their appearances.

If you want to become more involved with others who love fantasy and science fiction, another option is to attend non-profit science fiction and fantasy conventions, which are organized and run by fan volunteers. Fan-run cons usually have a main focus on science fiction and fantasy authors and their books. Some of them also feature actors from TV and movies, but not all of them. Fan-run conventions are held locally and regionally around the world, and began in the 1930s; any profits made over operating costs are donated to charity. There are small and large fan-run cons, which offer more opportunities to interact with other readers and fans as well as the featured professionals. An example of a large fan-run con is Worldcon, the annual world science fiction convention. Locus magazine maintains a free list of upcoming local and regional fan-run cons.

At all of the cons you decide to attend, no matter what type, have lots of fun!

September, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

October, 2018

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.

Event Host:
Southwest International Writers’ Conference
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Event Venue:
To be announced.

surrey-typewriterAre 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.

SiWC Registration

2017-SiWC-Ellen_Cook-DianaRegistration details for the 2018 Southwest International Writers Conference will be released some time in June, 2018 on the SIWC website.

In the photo at left, Eileen Cook and Diana talk writing at the 2017 SiWC. Credit: SiWC.

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.)

2017-SiWC-authorsIn the photo at right, bestselling authors Jack Whyte, Michael Slade, Robyn Harding, Eileen Cook and Diana Gabaldon answer questions during the 2017 SiWC. Credit: SiWC.

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.

Writing Contest

2017-SIWC-contest-winnerEach 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: info@siwc.ca

November, 2018

No confirmed public events are scheduled at this time.

December, 2018

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 Sunday, May 27, 2018, at 2:15 p.m. (Pacific Time) by Diana’s Webmistress.