• “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.”
    —ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
  • “These books have to be word-of-mouth books because they're too weird to describe to anybody.”
    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor

Appearances


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I always enjoy meeting you guys, but I’m (still!) trying as hard as possible—with mixed results—NOT to travel much through 2019, 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.

Thanks!

-Diana


August, 2019


No official appearances confirmed at this time.



September, 2019


No official appearances confirmed at this time.



October, 2019

There are three exciting events featuring Diana this month near Vancouver, British Columbia!


October 25-27, 2019 – SURREY, BC (CANADA)

Diana Gabaldon will be a participating professional author at the 27th Surrey International Writers’ Conference (SiWC), and will be featured at panel discussions and other events designed to help aspiring authors get published.

Registration and paid fees are required to attend the conference, and optional events. More information is below.

(Note that SiWC will also host a free author signing event featuring multiple published authors, including Diana Gabaldon, on Saturday, October 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The author signing event is open to the public, with no registration required. See information on the signing event, listed separately on this webpage.)

SiWC-typewriter-smallEvent Hosts:
27th Surrey International Writers’ Conference

Main Event Website:

https://www.siwc.ca

Event Venue:
Sheraton Guildford Hotel
15269 104 Ave,
Surrey, British Columbia
   CANADA
(Surrey, B.C. is in southwestern Canada, near Vancouver, B.C.)

Conference Description:

Are you an aspiring writer who wants to get your work published? Come and learn from some of the professionals in the industry, including authors, publishers and agents. The Surrey International Writers’ Conference is “a workshop-based conference with a focus on development of skills and industry-based knowledge. From beginning writer to widely published, this is the place to hone your skills, learn more about markets and network future sales.” For more information about the conference and its events, go to:

https://www.siwc.ca/conference/

2017-SiWC-Ellen_Cook-DianaIn the image at right, Diana is with author Ellen Cook at SiWC in 2017.

This conference will feature multiple workshops; panel presentations featuring published authors and professional agents and editors; and “night owl” events. To see a current list of presenters for SiWC, go to this webpage:

https://www.siwc.ca/presenters/

The conference features many workshops and presentations by pros. There are also optional Master Classes, and even a writing contest!

An author book signing event open to the public will be hosted by SiWC on Saturday, October 26, and is listed separately on this webpage.

Diana’s Schedule

As of May 24, Diana’s preliminary presentations schedule SiWC is:

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: “Plotting vs. Pantsing,” a panel with presenters Hallie Ephron, Diana Gabaldon, John Mavin, and Denise Mina. Moderator: kc dyer. Tynehead Room No. 1.

Panel Description: The only right way to write is the one that works for you. That said, many of us need to try different ways of writing to find what helps the words flow. Want to try a different path? Join our panel for a discussion of plotting, pantsing, and everything in between.”

Saturday. Oct. 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 11:14 a.m.: “Finding Your Voice,” a panel with presenters Nicole Blades, Delilah S Dawson, Diana Gabaldon, Liza Palmer. Moderator will be Angela James. Tynehead Room No. 2.

Panel Description: What is voice? Chances are you’ve been told how important your unique voice is, but what the heck does that mean? And how do you find yours? Can it be learned? Our panel discusses this and more.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Authors’ Book Signing Event with multiple authors. Free and open to public. (See separate write-up and information below.)

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Workshop with Diana Gabaldon as presenter. Topic to be announced. Barnston room.

This schedule presumably does not include all of the banquets and other events that Diana will participate in. Check the SiWC website for updates and additions.

SiWC Registration Options:

While signing up for the conference, you can also choose to schedule an optional pitch session with industry agents and publishers, where you present your writing ideas to pro agents, publishers, and authors. Or attend optional Master Classes.

2017-SiWC-authorsMaster Classes occur on the Thursday before the conference, and are available as an add-on when you register. They are led by industry professionals, and may be a lecture-style presentation, a hands-on instructional session, or a panel discussion. The Master Classes are 75 ninutes long and there are “up to nine choices in each time slot.”

SiWC registration includes one optional Pitch Session, which allow you to present, or “pitch,” your book ideas to industry professionals. You may schedule one pitch session when you register.

Conference Registration Opens on June 5, 2019:

Registration for the Surrey International Writers’ Conference will open and begin online on Wednesday, June 5th at noon, Pacific Time. The registration website for SiWC 2019 is:

https://www.siwc.ca/registration/

Please plan to register early as the conference sells out very quickly, says the event website.

Prices and options are listed below (Diana’s Webmistress assumes that all amounts are listed in Canadian dollars. Note that one Canadian dollar (CAD) equals about 74 cents in U.S. dollars (USD).)

The Three-Day Full Conference package is $649 (CAD), and includes meals, all workshops, morning keynote presentations, and afternoon/evening keynote presentations. (This is about $480 in USD, as an example.)

The Basic conference package is $499 (CAD), and includes all workshops and morning keynote presentations. It does not include meals or the afternoon/evening keynote presentations. (About $369 in USD.)

There are also options to attend one day only, which range from $250 to $325 (CAD) per day.

A Young Writers’ registration option is available for young writers who are 18 years of age and younger. It includes the Friday workshops, morning keynote, and lunch banquet.

Master Classes range from $119 to $159 (CAD) per class, and are open to all who are registered for the conference. Those not attending the main conference may also sign up for master classes.

For those who are interested, all conference registration package choices (except Master Classes) include the opportunity to book one Pitch Session appointment and/or one Blue Pencil Cafe appointment with industry publishing professionals at the time of registration. To book a pitch appointment, be sure to register early for the conference to obtain the best choices in appointment slots. Additional pitch appointments may be booked at the conference at no extra charge, subject to availability.

SiWC 2019 Writing Contest

2017-SIWC-contest-winnerThe 27th Annual SiWC Annual Writing Contest is now open! If you have a story between 2,500 and 5,000 words, you may submit it electronically or by snail mail.

All entries must be emailed or postmarked by September 21, 2019 to be considered, and require a CAD$15 entry fee. All authors are invited to submit!

In the image at right, Diana is shown with a writing contest winner from SiWC in 2017.

First prize is $1,000 (CAD) and publication by SiWC. Honorable mention is $150 (CAD) plus publication.

Final judging of entries will be by bestselling authors Diana Gabaldon and Jack Whyte!

Winners will be announced after the Friday banquet at SiWC on October 25, 2019.

For more information and the rules for the SiWC Annual Writing Contest for 2019, see the webpage for the contest at:

https://www.siwc.ca/writing-contest/



Saturday, October 26, 2019 – SURREY, BC (CANADA)

Diana Gabaldon will participate in a free book signing event with multiple authors hosted by the Surrey International Writers’ Conference (SiWC) in Surrey, British Columbia.

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
(Plan to arrive early to obtain a good place in line!)

This author book signing event is free and open to the public. No registration in advance is required.

Event Host:
Surrey international Writers’ Conference (SiWC)
(For more information on SiWC, see the entry on this webpage.)

Event Venue:
Sheraton Guildford Hotel
Fraser Room
15269 104 Ave,
Surrey, British Columbia
   CANADA
(Surrey, B.C. is in southwestern Canada, near Vancouver, B.C.)

The 2019 Surrey International Writers’ Conference (SiWC) will be hosting an Author Signing Event which will feature the participating authors at this years’ conference, including Diana Gabaldon. The book signing event is free and open to the public and will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Fraser Room at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel.

Book Signing Event Webpage:

For more information on the SiWC book signing event, including a list of authors and industry pros who will be available to sign your books, visit the event’s webpage:

https://www.siwc.ca/author-signing/

About This Author Signing Event

SiWC will have books available on-site by the authors for purchase.

Information on whether books from home may be brought for signing has not been posted yet. Will include it here when known, or keep checking the book signing event’s website for updates.

Note that all other events occuring at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, including attending panels and talks which feature Diana Gabaldon, require SiWC registration and payment of fees to attend. See the information on the three-day SiWC conference on this webpage if you are interested.



Sunday, October 27, 2019 – NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. (CANADA)

Diana will be Guest of Honor at “Cocktails With The Cast on the Fraser River,” an afternoon paddlewheel riverboat cruise with Diana Gabaldon and cast members from the Starz Outlander TV series, part of the 2019 Sassenach Gathering.

Paid tickets are required. See below.

cocktails-cast-Fraser-RiverBoarding time for the boat will be given directly to ticket holders by the organizers.

Event Host:
Outlandish Vancouver
(An non-profit Outlander fan group)

Event Venue:
Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours
810 Quayside Drive
New Westminster, British Columbia
   CANADA

Description:

“Cocktails With the Cast On The Fraser River” will feature Diana Gabaldon as Guest of Honor, along with cast members of the Starz Outlander TV series.

The paddleboat cruise event is part of the 2019 Sassenach Gathering held in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada the weekend of October 25-27. The Sassenach Gathering 2019 and its events are organized by Outlandish Vancouver, a non-profit Outlander fan group, and are open to all fans of Diana’s books and the Starz Outlander TV series.

The members of the Outlander TV show cast who will be featured at the Sassenach Gathering, and who will also attend this paddlewheel cruise with Diana, include John Bell, Braeden Clarke, Keith Fleming, SemLys McArthur, Carmen Moore, and Ed Speleers.

Note that the “Cocktails With the Cast on The Fraser River” paddlewheel cruise is the ONLY event that Diana Gabaldon will attend during Outlandish Vancouver’s 3-day Sassenach Gathering. This is because the Sassenach Gathering occurs on the same weekend as the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, which Diana is participating in as a professional author for three days. See the SIWC write-ups on this webpage for more information about that conference and its workshops, presentations, book signing and other events which feature Diana.

Standalone Tickets for The Paddlewheel Event:

Standalone tickets for “Cocktails With The Cast on the Fraser River”, the Paddlewheel boat cruise event, which features Diana Gabaldon and some of the Outlander TV series cast were sold out before Diana’s Webmistress knew of and could post the event. These were tickets sold to persons who are not also attending the 2019 Sassenach Gathering.

Tickets To The Sassenach Gathering That Include A Paddleboat CruiseTicket:

If you are not attending the SiWC from October 25 to 27, and instead wish to attend the 3-day Sassenach Gathering with other Outlander readers and fans, the Wilderness Ticket ($749 in USD) includes a ticket for this paddlewheel ship event with Diana and the cast, another option. Visit the Outlandish Vancouver organization’s website for more information:

https://outlandishvancouver.com

Note that the Wilderness tickets for the three-day Sassenach Gathering are limited in number and may sell out at any time. As of May 25, it appeared these tickets were still available.



November, 2019


No official appearances confirmed at this time.



December, 2019


No official appearances confirmed at this time.



January, 2020


No official appearances confirmed at this time.



h3>February, 2020


No official appearances confirmed at this time.



March, 2020


No official appearances confirmed at this time.



April, 2020


No official appearances confirmed at this time.



May, 2020


No official appearances confirmed at this time.



June, 2020


June 9 through 16, 2020 – RHINE RIVER, EUROPE

Diana and her husband will be the guests of honor on an 8-day author cruise on the Rhine River, from Basel, Switzerland north to Amsterdam, Holland.

Map for 2020 Rhine River Cruise with Diana GabaldonCruise reservations and payment required.

River Cruise Information
Provider: Avalon Cruises
Ship: Avalon Expression

Note from Diana on April 14, 2019:

In June, 2019, I couldn’t go anywhere because I was finishing BEES. But in June, 2020, I’ll be going on a river cruise:

“Romantic Rhine Author Cruise With Diana Gabaldon (Northbound) 2020,”, an eight-day river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam.

(And in case you’re wondering, no, I don’t have any financial interests in Avalon or this particular cruise. They’re paying transportation costs for me and my husband, period. We’ve sailed with them three times so far, and always enjoy it!)

-Diana

Rhine River Cruise Description:

From the cruise company’s website:

Bound to be the most memorable trip of 2020 (or a lifetime), author of the No. 1 New York Times-bestselling OUTLANDER series Diana Gabaldon is exclusively hosting an AUTHOR CRUISE with Avalon Waterways on the Rhine River in 2020. It’s your chance to get insider OUTLANDER insight, with your favorite author… FOR A WEEK!

On the June 9, 2020 departure of the Romantic Rhine cruise from Basel to Amsterdam, this inspiring storyteller will share an inspired cruise — and daily excursions — with an intimate group of her fans.

River Cruise Prices, Reservations, Etc.

The Avalon Expression river cruise ship has a maximum of 128 passengers.

For more information, prices, and making reservations, go to the webpage for this special author cruise with Diana:

https://www.avalonwaterways.com/river-cruise/romantic-rhine-author-cruise-with-diana-gabaldon-northbound/wza-t3/

The itinerary listing places visited along the river during the eight days is detailed on the cruise’s webpage.

(Note from Diana’s Webmistress: Please keep in mind that these rare river cruises featuring Diana have always SOLD OUT far in advance. So if you have decided to go, make your reservations as early as possible to avoid disappointment.)



July, 2020


No official appearances are confirmed at this time.



August, 2020


No official appearances are confirmed at this time.



September, 2020


No official appearances are confirmed at this time.



October, 2020


No official appearances are confirmed at this time.



November, 2020


No official appearances are confirmed at this time.



December, 2020


No official appearances are confirmed at this time.




January, 2021


No official appearances confirmed at this time.



February, 2021


No official appearances confirmed at this time.



March, 2021


No official appearances confirmed 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.


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, August 8, 2019 at 9:29 p.m. (Pacific Time) by Diana’s Webmistress.