- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
At right, I am at Waterstones Piccadilly bookstore in London on November 11, 2021 for a signing event with Sheila Crighton of the Romantic Novelists’ Association U.K. She is wearing an awesome grey corduroy pinafore dress covered in dinosaurs (Yes!). Image courtesy of Sheila Crighton.
The in-person and virtual events that I plan to attend 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.
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.
Looking forward to seeing you all again! May we all stay healthy and safe this year.
Tuesday through Saturday, May 31 – June 4, 2022 – NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Diana served as an honorary 2022 Thrillermaster, or author guest of honor, at Thrillerfest XVII, an annual convention for readers, authors, and others in the field of fiction in the thriller genre.
No official appearances confirmed at this time.
August 12 through 14, 2022 (Fri.-Sun.) – FERGUS, ONTARIO, CANADA
Diana Gabaldon will be a guest of honor at the 2022 Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games with Duncan LaCroix, the actor who portrays Murtagh in the Outlander TV show.
Paid tickets are required. See below for details.
550 Belsyde Avenue E
Fergus, Ontario N1M3S1
Put on your tartans and kilts and kick up your heels to some Outlander fun, music, dancing, and games! Diana Gabaldon and Duncan LaCroix will star at the 2022 Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games.
Diana has been a guest of honor at the Fergus Scottish Festival in the past, but this is the first year that Duncan has appeared, say festival organizers. Besides starring as Murtagh in Outlander, Duncan’s other notable roles include Henry De Percy in Outlaw King, Ealdorman Werferth in Vikings, and more.
Diana’s inclusion as a guest of honor was finalized and announced by the festival in late June, 2022.
The Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games is an annual three-day event that celebrates local Scottish heritage and features world-renowned talent and entertainment in the beautiful town of Fergus, Ontario.
“Enjoy the best of Scotland… without the airfare.” (Depending, of course, on where you are coming from. <g>)
Things to do and see at the festival will include heavy events competitions, Scottish clans and heritage exploration (over 40 clans represented), research tools and lectures in the Genealogy Centre, highland dancing, pipes and drums competitions, Celtic musicians, singing, tattooing, a whisky tasting tent, highland pub, tea tent, parade in downtown Fergus, concessions and things to buy from international vendors featuring Scottish wares and fares, and McKiddie’s Centre with activities for children.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline the festival’s musical guests with a virtual concert, and many Celtic musicians will appear in person.
As of June 27, 2022, schedules and activities with dates and times for Diana and Duncan at the festival has not been announced. Please check the festival’s schedule webpage for more information as it is released by the organizers:
Wondering what a “heavy event” is? For general information about the types of events that are planned, go to:
Tickets should probably be purchased in advance online. The cost of tickets vary by age of attendees and how many days they plan to attend:
$68 CAD for the weekend per adult (19-59 years old).
$58 CAD for the weekend for Seniors (60+)and Youth (13 to 18 years old).
FREE for Children (12 years old and under)
Individual day passes for the above age groups are available for $20 to $30 (CAD).
To buy tickets, go to:
Dogs and pets are not allowed at the festival, nor are attendees allowed to leave pets in their cars (for obvious reasons).
Parking and Shuttle Buses:
Parking is available for those who drive to the festival each day as well as to those who are camping for the weekend. Shuttle buses and handicap parking is also available. For prices and availability, see the festival’s general information webpage at:
Campsites are $175 to $225 for the weekend. (Sold out as of June 27, 2022.) For more information, see:
For more information, send email to:
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 – EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, U.K.
Diana Gabaldon will be an author guest at the 2022 Edinburgh International Book Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. She will discuss her books and the Outlander TV show. A hybrid festival, with in-person, virtual (streaming live), and/or on-demand playback options.
In-person tickets went on sale on June 23, 2022. Buy yours as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. See below for details.
“Diana Gabaldon – The Outlander Phenomenon:”
Diana will give her talk in person on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.
Begins at 2:30 p.m. BST (British Summer Time)
Cost for in-person event tickets per person: £14 (about $17.22 USD)
2 W Tollcross
Edinburgh EH3 9BP U.K.
(Central Hall is about a five-minute walk from the main venue at Edinburgh College of Art.)
Can’t travel to Edinburgh? To watch Diana’s talk live online or on-demand later from anywhere in the world, pay what you can for a live or on-demand streaming ticket. See below.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Main Event Venue for Other Edinburgh Book Festival Events:
Edinburgh College of Art
The University of Edinburgh
74 Lauriston Pl
Edinburgh EH3 9DF U.K.
“Diana Gabaldon – The Outlander Phenomenon:”
In 1991, Diana Gabaldon published OUTLANDER, the tale of a post-Second World War nurse who accidentally time travels to Jacobite Scotland. OUTLANDER became one of the bestselling book series of all time and spawned the hugely popular TV programme. In 2021, Gabaldon published the ninth book in the series, GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE. She returns to the Edinburgh Book Festival for the first time since 2014 (image at right) to discuss Claire, Jamie and all things Outlander.
How To Purchase Tickets To Diana’s Talk:
Tickets for Diana’s talk (live in person, streaming live, or on demand later) are available for sale online at:
Important: Tickets to attend Diana’s talk in person went on sale on Thursday, June 23. The Central Hall seats 850 to 1,000 persons, so if you wish to attend, please buy your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The organizers of the Festival expect tickets to sell out quickly.
You’ll need to set up an Ediburgh Festival account first, easy to do. Click here to set up a free festival account.
If you won’t be in Edinburgh during the festival, tickets are also available at the link above to stream her talk live or watch it later on-demand from your home anywhere in the world. Pay what you can up to the regular price for this type of ticket. As with the tickets to attend in person, if you wish to stream her talk please buy your tickets as soon as possible in case they sell out.
You will need to create an account for the festival on the website and log in to buy in-person or online tickets. This is easy to do and the book festival’s website will walk you through the process. Think of a good, unique password to use!
If your home internet provider setup and router is robust enough to view streaming programs and movies online, it will be sufficient to watch Diana’s talk and other events during this festival. Ditto if tuning in via cell network. The Edinburgh Book Festival has a webpage with tips and frequently asked questions about watching events online:
About The Edinburgh Book Festival 2022:
Celebrate books in Scotland! The 2022 Edinburgh International Book Festival has a rallying call of “All Together Now.” It will be held from Saturday, August 13 through Monday, August 29, 2022.
“Packed with events for adults and with a stunning programme for children and young people, this year’s Book Festival celebrates the imagination, ideas and issues at the heart of books and stories, offering new perspectives on the world around us.”
The festival will feature live, in-person events which require tickets purchased in advance; many of these are also available to stream live online or watch at a later date.
More than 600 events will be staged at a “Festival Village” at Edinburgh College of Art on Lauriston Place and at the Central Hall at Tollcross. Over 550 authors, illustrators, and artists will participate from across the world (in person or online) and share their stories, ideas and perspectives.
Around 200 of the events will also be livestreamed online with a Pay What You Can ticket price, and most of these will be available to watch on-demand afterwards, also.
Those who attend may relax and chat with fellow audience members at Festival Village at Edinburgh’s College of Art in the city’s Old Town; entry to the Festival Village is free.
Below are a few links for more information:
Book Festival Line-Up of Authors and Artists:
Explore other events and search for specific authors or artists:
More Information About the Festival:
Festival Locations, Parking and Public Transit:
For a map and more information about getting to the festival, see:
As a member of the Green Arts Initiative, the festival encourages the use of public transportation wherever possible. Edinburgh is very busy during August so parking spaces are more limited.
If you do need to come by car, there is a multi-story car park (parking garage) in Castle Terrace about a ten minute walk away from the Book Festival Village.
You can pull in just outside the entrance of the Book Festival on Lauriston Place to drop off wheelchair users.
Please check the festival’s webpages often for updates and current information.
No official appearances confirmed at this time.
Saturday and Sunday, October 8-9, 2022 – NEW YORK, NY
Sing me a song…. Diana Gabaldon will be travelling through the stones to celebrate all things Outlander at New York Comic Con (NYCC) on October 8 and 9!
New York Comic Con (NYCC)
Paid tickets (purchased in advance) are required. See below.
655 West 34th Street
New York City, New York 10014
New York Comic Con is described by its organizers, ReedPop, as “the East Coast’s largest pop culture convention and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world — Gotham City.” NYCC is a large, for-profit convention for science fiction, fantasy, media, and comic fans. Anything with an origin in comic books as well as popular shows such as Outlander, Game of Thrones, Superman, Batman — you name it — will likely be celebrated there! Many authors, actors, and other professionals attend each year.
Diana is scheduled as a guest at NYCC for two days only, on October 8 and 9. (NYCC will be held October 6-9, 2022.)
In previous years, NYCC has offered special Outlander panels that featured Diana, Ron Moore, Maril Davis, Sam Heughan, Catriona Balfe, and other stars and professionals from the Starz television show.
Expect huge crowds, lots of cosplay (fans in costumes), celebrities such as authors and actors, and many fun things to do and explore! Activities and events include discussion panels, where you can listen to authors, actors, producers, and others discuss their work; autograph sessions with authors, actors, pros and celebrities; photo opportunities with celebrities; gaming; parties; and many more. A huge dealer’s room offering merchandise of all different types is a great place to browse.
Click here to explore New York Comic Con and learn what it’s all about.
Note that anywhere from 150,000 to 250,000 people will attend New York Comic Con. Everything will be crowded, so be prepared for that. Get in line early for events whether they require a special pass or not.
Most of all, TICKETS FOR ENTRY AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL EVENTS MAY SELL OUT VERY QUICKLY on or after May 23, 2022. If you are attending, please stay aware and sign up for everything as early as possible.
Diana’s schedule and activities at NYCC have not yet been announced as of late May. Once you have tickets to attend, you will be able to access the convention schedule as soon as it is released, along with other important announcements.
Obtaining NYCC Tickets
At large corporate comic cons, tickets require effort to obtain and sell out very quickly, and NYCC is no exception.
Word that Diana was confirmed to attend was not announced until early sales of tickets were almost over. If you want to go, be sure to buy your tickets as soon as possible during the general sales which began on May 22.
To attend NYCC you will need to obtain tickets as outlined in these three major steps:
1. First, you must apply for and then obtain a NYCC fan verification account if you don’t have one already, or you won’t be able to buy tickets. To apply for a NYCC fan verification account, go to:
Fan verification reopens on Monday, May 23, 2022. OBTAIN YOUR FAN VERIFICATION ACCOUNT ASAP if you intend to go to NYCC. It is required to buy tickets to attend the convention.
2. Once you have a NYCC fan verification account, information for buying your tickets for NYCC is at:
Buy your tickets as soon as possibile to avoid disappointment.
There are different ticket options available, including a four-day ticket pass or tickets for individual days. VIP tickets are also available which come with special perks.
3. Obtain tickets to autograph sessions, panels, and other events at NYCC that you wish to attend once they are announced and available. See the NYCC website for information on what is available and when, and check it often for updates.
AGAIN, NOTE THAT TICKETS TYPICALLY SELL OUT VERY QUICKLY AT NYCC for attending as well as to individual events, including special talks. panels, autograph sessions and photo opportunities with celebrities, etc.
Typically, tickets are required for any type of event within large conventions like NYCC, including panels or autograph sessions. They may be sold or distributed by lottery in some cases. The procedures you need to follow to buy tickets to the events, panels, and autograph sessions will be posted on the NYCC website by its organizers.
Please check the NYCC webpages often for updates and current information.
If you are travelling from out of town, special rates in local hotels for NYCC attendees will be offered, and announced on the NYCC website.
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.
Surrey International Writers’ Conference (SIWC)
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.
The 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.
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:
“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:
Scholarships are available for underrepresented groups:
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>)
No official appearances confirmed at this time.
No official appearances confirmed at this time.
No official appearances confirmed at this time.
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
Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
71-100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, California 92270
Diana 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.
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:
“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.’”
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 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 Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 12:20 a.m. (Central Daylight Time) by Diana Gabaldon or Diana’s Webmistress, Loretta.