• “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, so that I can stay home and finish writing BEES. <wry g>

Plus there’s the pandemic…

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.



P.S.: Since in-person book signing events are non-existent right now, if you wish to obtain a book signed by me, the Poisoned Pen bookstore sells new copies of all of my currently available U.S. editions online. You pay the list price of the new book and shipping; there is no charge for my signature.

Click on the link below to visit my dedicated page on the Poisoned Pen’s store website:


Or click here for more information about buying new, signed books from the Pen in my web Resources.

April, 2021

No official appearances confirmed at this time.

The Avalon Rhine River cruise with Diana as the featured author, originally scheduled in April, 2021, has been rescheduled beginning October 30, 2021, due to the pandemic. Please see the listing there.

May, 2021

No official appearances confirmed at this time.

June, 2021

Saturday, June 26, 2021 – Virtual Writers’ Weekend (U.K.)

Diana will be a keynote speaker at the 2021 Virtual Writers’ Weekend, “one of the top British festivals for writers in all genres, at all levels.”

Readers and fans of Diana’s novels, short fiction, and the Outlander television series will enjoy her keynote speech, also!

A paid booking reservation is required for each person joining in; please see below for details.

Event Times for Diana’s Keynote Speech:
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., British Summer Time (BST)

Diana’s keynote speech in other time zones:
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time (CDT)
Noon to 1 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)
11 a.m. to Noon in Arizona (MST, no daylight savings time)
11 a.m. to Noon, Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

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Virtual Host and Venue:
2021 Virtual Writers’ Weekend

Diana Gabaldon will be an invited keynote speaker at the Virtual Writers’ Weekend on June 26, 2021, and will speak about her journey as a writer since OUTLANDER (her first novel) was published in 1991, and will discuss the upcoming book nine of the Outlander series, GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE. In a Q&A session after her talk, Diana will answer your questions live.

Attendees may submit questions for Diana in advance by email:


More information on the Writers’ Weekend and the program and events associated with it are below.

Prices and Booking

To watch the keynote speech and Q&A session live with Diana on Saturday, June 26, 2021 beginning at 7 p.m. BST or 2 p.m. EST, the cost is £15 or about $21 (USD). This also includes access to a recording of her keynote speech to view until August 31, 2021.

The keynote speech by Diana Gabaldon is also included in other packages which offer more events and authors, which range in price up to £275 which is about $385 (USD). Note that all proceeds support the Writers’s Weekend.

Book early to ensure your place! To sign up and choose your events or package, go to:


All events, including talks and workshops, are held online. Paid attendees will receive special web-browser links from the Virtual Writers’ Weekend that will allow them to join in.

Stable internet access (such as in your home) capable of streaming video via direct connection (or wifi) to your computer, tablet, or smart phone is required. A current web browser app (such as Safari, Chrome, etc.) installed on your device is also required.

What is The Virtual Writers’ Weekend?

2021-virt-writ-wkshp-authorsThe Virtual Writers’ Weekend is an online place where writers working in any genre, at any level, may find information, inspiration and interaction with other writers and industry professionals.

The Virtual Writers’ Weekend in its entirety will be held from Thursday, June 24, through Sunday, June 27, 2021.

Riddell-Thursday-dragonThe Writers’ Weekend allows you to virtually attend talks that include Question-and-Answer (Q&A) sessions, including keynotes by bestselling author Diana Gabaldon and children’s author and illustrator Chris Riddell (also known for The Edge Chronicles).

“Thursday Dragon,” in the illustration at left, is by Chris Riddell.

Other speakers include Kate Mosse, Robert Fabbri, Lissa Evans, Tracey Corderoy, MG Leonard, Derek Miller, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Helen Fields and Ness Wood, to name a few, as well as top literary agents who will give talks on the craft of writing and how to get published.
Writers may meet virtually one-to-one with literary agents to pitch their manuscripts or to receive feedback from author mentors. Every year, writers receive offers of representation at the Writers’ Weekend. This year, it could be you!

Discuss topics that interest you in Group Chats, join a Writers’ Circle online writing group for peer feedback, attend readings by authors that have found success through the event, or read your own work in an Open Mic. 

Five-week Writers’ Circle sessions for aspiring and published authors begin on May 15. Writing competitions will also be held.

Be sure to book early to ensure your spot.

More Information:

For all information, please visit the main website at: 


The conference also has links to its accounts on Facebook and Twitter on the above main website.

If you have any questions, please email to sara@writersweekend.uk


The Virtual Writers’ Weekend was founded in 2020, in the spirit of the Winchester Writers’ Festival at the University of Winchester, which began in 1980 and was discontinued in 2019.

For 39 years, the Winchester Writers’ Festival was host to many distinguished authors including Carol Ann Duffy, Sir Terry Pratchett, Sebastian Faulks, Lemn Sissay, Joanne Harris, Julian Fellowes, Meg Rosoff, Patrick Gale and Katherine Rundell.  The Festival was also the launchpad for over one hundred writers who found representation and, ultimately, publication by attending.

This year the 2021 Virtual Writers’ Weekend program is even more interactive than in 2020, with the addition of virtual writing groups, and 65 fantastic speakers.

July, 2021

No official appearances confirmed at this time.

August, 2021

No official appearances confirmed at this time.

September, 2021

No official appearances confirmed at this time.

October, 2021

Saturday, October 30, 2021 through Saturday, November 6, 2021 – RHINE RIVER, EUROPE

Diana and her husband are to 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 are required.

This author cruise featuring Diana was rescheduled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Reservations are required. As of February 8, 2021, about 20 staterooms were still available. See below.

Cruise Host:
Avalon Waterways
Phone (in U.S.A.): (877) 797-8791
See the Avalon websites below for contact information for other countries.

Description From Avalon Waterways


Bound to be the most memorable trip of a lifetime, the 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. It’s your chance to get insider OUTLANDER insight, with your favorite author… FOR A WEEK! Diana Gabaldon has added to the storytelling tapestry of our lives while also inspiring travel with her literature. In her OUTLANDER series of novels and novellas — now an award-winning series on STARZ — she has brought to life the backdrops of Scotland, North America, France, Germany as well as dozens of destinations across the globe. With 35 million copies of her books in print worldwide, OUTLANDER can be found in 43 countries and 39 languages. On the [2021] 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.


From the German Black Forest of fairytales to the historic canals of Amsterdam, disappear in the magic of this Rhine River cruise with Author Diana Gabaldon. This week-long vacation — set onboard the Avalon Expression — delivers you to the heart of Europe to explore all the towns and cities along the Rhine River while enjoying panoramic views and spectacular, castle-lined backdrops days and night. Your 8-day Romantic Rhine river cruise begins in Switzerland where you will board your Suite Ship and home-away-from-home for the week before heading to the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain (on the French-German border) to find your gateway to Germany’s Black Forest. From there, set sail for Strasbourg, France with its ancient murals and astronomical clock, not to mention quaint shops, delightful bistros and waterfront promenade. The journey continues through Germany with a visit to the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, the charming wine town of Rüdesheim and, of course, an awe-inspiring pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge — the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine where dozens of ancient castles tower over the river from cliffs that seem to touch the sky. The last stop in Germany is in the gothic city of Cologne. End this cruise with an exclamation point in the picturesque, canal city of Amsterdam with its world-famous museums and tilting, gabled homes that date back to the “Golden Age.”

Cruise Information Webpage:


Presumably the exact itinerary for the 2021 river cruise will be added soon, and information will be posted here when available.

Please contact Avalon directly at the phone number listed on their website for more information about pricing, availability, to make reservations, or for any questions you may have.

November, 2021

No official appearances confirmed at this time.

December, 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 Monday, April 12, 2021, at 12:30 a.m. (Central Time) by Diana Gabaldon or Diana’s Webmistress, Loretta.