• “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


2022-diana-book-festListed below are the upcoming events where I will be making public appearances and signing books. A happy time now as we enter the fall and winter, with cooler weather (especially nice for those of us roasted in the summer) and the promise of the holidays.

Both in-person and virtual events that I plan to participate in are listed below by month, date and city. My webmistress has included essential details, descriptions and information. Be sure to visit the listed event host websites for current information and updates.

Photo of me at right is from the 2022 Edinburgh Book Festival. Photo credit: James Christie, who photographs and hosts photographic tours of Scotland.)

This webpage is updated as new events are added, so please check back periodically.

If you have questions about—or problems with—obtaining tickets for an event, please contact the listed host organization of the event first. All ticket sales are handled by event organizers and their ticket brokers.

Happy Halloween!


October, 2022

Saturday, October 15, 2022 – INVERNESS, SCOTLAND, U.K.

Diana Gabaldon will give a talk, followed by a Q&A session at the Empire Theatre of Eden Court in Inverness, Scotland, U.K. A book signing with Diana is included afterward for all ticket holders.

Diana-Inverness-2022-IO-graphicEvent begins at 7:30 p.m.

Paid ticket required. Tickets went on sale on Monday, July 11. See below for details.

Event Host:
Inverness Outlanders
On Facebook: @InverOutlanders

Event Venue:
Eden Court
Empire Theater
Bishops Rd
Inverness IV3 5SA
Scotland, United Kingdom

Come and hear Diana Gabaldon speak in Inverness where the story of Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser and Jamie Fraser began in OUTLANDER, her first novel (published in 1991).

Hearing Diana speak about her work in the Highlands of Scotland… what could be better?

“An Audience With Diana Gabaldon” will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

Diana will give a talk about her Outlander series of novels, which will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. A book signing with Diana is included afterward.


Tckets are £20 plus applicable fees per person. Tickets went on sale on Monday, July 11, 2022. The Empire Theatre in Eden Court has a capacity of around 800 seats.

To purchase tickets online, go to:


About The Event Host:

“Inverness Outlanders is an Outlander fan group based in Inverness which shares information and connects with Outlander fans locally and around the world, acting as ambassadors for the Highlands of Scotland and promoting the area to the benefit of the local economy.”

October 21-23, 2022 (Fri.-Sun.) – SURREY, B.C., CANADA

Diana will host several workshops and participate in a panel discussion at the 30th Annual Surrey International Writers Conference.

SiWC-typewriter-smallConference registration and paid fees are required.

Event Host:
Surrey International Writers’ Conference (SIWC)
Website: https://www.siwc.ca/

Event Venue:
Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel
15269 104th Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia
Canada V3R 1N5

Diana Gabaldon will be a featured author at the 30th Annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference (SIWC), a conference for aspiring authors. She will lead two writing workshops and participate in a panel discussion with other authors.

2017-SiWC-Ellen_Cook-DianaThe Surrey International Writers’ Conference is an annual workshop-based conference with a focus on development of skills and industry-based knowledge. From beginning writer to widely published, aspiring authors may hone their skills and learn more about markets. Avid readers are also invited and encouraged to attend.

Many publishing professionals will be featured at SIWC, including well-known authors, editors, and literary agents.

This year, some workshops and events will be offered for in-person or virtual attendance from home, depending upon your chosen type of registration package. Events that are recorded may be viewed later if the option included in your package.

Events include:

  • Author-led writing workshops. Learn more about the craft and how the pros do it.
  • Panel discussions with professionals in the publishing industry.
  • Have your work reviewed by a professional author in the Blue Pencil Cafe.
  • Pitch sessions allow you to persent your book idea to editors and literary agents in person.
  • Author signings on Saturday evening.
  • A writing contest. The winner receives a cash prize plus publication.
  • A publishing trade show.

Master Classes are offered on Wednesday, October 19, and Thursday, October 20 for an additional fee ($99 to $159 CAD plus GST) when you register. These are taught by authors, literary agents and publishing professionals, and may be in-person, virtual, and/or recorded. (Diana will not be leading a master class this year.)

Diana Gabaldon’ Schedule for SIWC 2022:

Diana’s schedule for SIWC will include:

2017-SiWC-authors“Finding the Light” – 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2022. A workshop presented by Diana in person and virtually, which will also be recorded.

Join Diana Gabaldon for this metaphorical and literal discussion. It starts with finding the actual light in a story, and what that can tell you: how is the light falling, what time of day is it, who or what is the light falling on, and so forth… It’s about finding what’s important in your story and how to highlight those elements.

“Throwing Rocks” – 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2022. A workshop presented by Diana in person only.

Mark Twain, when asked how he wrote his stories, replied, “Oh, I just chase the characters up a tree and then throw rocks at them.” Join Diana Gabaldon for a discussion of the art and science of applying conflict and pressure to your hapless characters.

“Panel: What Goes Unsaid” – 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2022. This panel discussion may be attended in person or virtually. It will also be recorded.

A panel of authors will give an in-depth discussion of using everything except dialogue to convey emotions. Eileen Cook will moderate. Author panelists will be Sara Desai, Diana Gabaldon, Crystal (C.J.) Hunt, and Rebekah Weatherspoon.

Please refer to the SIWC website for any changes or additions to Diana’s schedule at:


Registration for SIWC 2022:

Costs to attend in-person or virtually range from $79 to $729 (CAD, Canadian dollars) plus GST (Goods and Services Tax), depending upon the package you choose. It’s a good idea to register as soon as possible in case the conference sells out.

Register for SIWC at:


For aspiring authors under the age of 19, virtual registrations are available for $79 (CAD) plus GST.

The virtual registration package is available on a sliding scale basis, also. See the registration webpage listed above.

Scholarships for Underrepresented, Indigenous, and Black Writers:

2017-SIWC-contest-winnerScholarships are available for underrepresented groups:

  • Two diversity scholarships are available. Any writers, age 19 and over, who require financial assistance to attend SiWC and self-identifies as having a diverse experience, including, but not limited to, being BIPoC; gender diversity; LGBTQIA; belonging to an ethnic, cultural, or religious minority; and/or a person with a disability are encouraged to apply.
  • Two scholarships will be awarded to indigenous aspiring authors over age 19.
  • Two scholarships will be awarded to black aspiring authors over age 19.

The application deadline for all of the above scholarships is listed as September 15, 2022.

Scholarships for Young Writers

Lions Mountain Literary is offering one full scholarship and two virtual scholarships to young writers under the age of 19. The application deadline is listed as September 20, 2022.

Hotel and Airport Information:

The venue for SIWC 2022 is the Sheraton Guildford Hotel, located in Surrey, British Columbia, a suburb city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Special rates at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel are available for registered SIWC attendees. See:


If you’re flying in for the conference, you should book flights to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

(Note: Vancouver in Washington state (U.S.A.) is a very different city near Portland, Oregon, and the Columbia River, and is hundreds of miles south of SIWC and Surrey! And in a whole ‘nother country. Some folks get their Vancouvers confused. <g>)

November, 2022

No official appearances confirmed at this time.

December, 2022

No official appearances confirmed at this time.

January, 2023

No official appearances confirmed at this time.

February, 2023

February 1-3, 2023 (Wed.-Fri.) – RANCHO MIRAGE, CA

Diana Gabaldon will be a featured author at the 2023 Rancho Mirage Writers Festival, described as “Coachella for the brain.”

Paid ticket to the festival required.
(Sold out as of June, 2022. See below for wait list information.)

Rancho Mirage Writers Festival
Website: https://www.rmwritersfest.org

Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
71-100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, California 92270

2023-rancho-mirage-fest-logoDiana Gabaldon will be an author guest at the 2023 Rancho Mirage Writers Festival, along with a prestigious, high-powered array of journalists, fiction authors, historians, politicians, science authors, celebrities and others. See the list of authors and experts attending in 2023.

This is a festival that showcases authors in talks, panel discussions, etc. It was created for the enjoyment of readers, so they may hear their favorite authors, journalists, and other professionals speak in person. (This is not a festival designed for aspiring authors, as some might think the title implies.)

Wait List For Tickets:

The festival, originally planned for 2020, had to be delayed and rescheduled to 2023 due to the pandemic. Although tickets were sold out in 2020, interested persons may request to be on a wait list to assume the tickets of those who may wish to cancel. All-access passes were originally sold for $500 per person.

Interested parties may send a message asking to be added to the wait list using this online form:


Tickets may be available for those who wish to become a new major financial supporter of the festival.


From the Festival’s Website:

2023_theme-brave-new-worldThe theme for the Eighth Annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival is “Brave New World: The Future is Now.”

“The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival is a world-class gathering of the finest writers who contribute to the intellectual vitality of our time. The City of Rancho Mirage, California, welcomes 60 authors and 1,000 readers from around the globe to the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory each January (February in 2023). Jamie Kabler, who wanted to bring a premier intellectual event to the Coachella Valley, founded the Festival in 2014, which has been described as ‘Coachella for the brain.’”

For more information, please consult the festival’s website and RMWF’s facebook page.

You may sign up to receive email updates about this year’s and future Rancho Mirage Writers Festivals at:


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.

If you have questions or problems when purchasing tickets, PLEASE CONTACT THE EVENT’S LISTED VENUE OR HOST ORGANIZATION directly.

If you know of an event that Diana has confirmed she will attend that is not on this list, please let Diana’s Webmistress know.

This page was last updated on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 11:55 p.m. (Central Daylight Time) by Diana Gabaldon or Diana’s Webmistress, Loretta.