Random House hosted Outlander Retreat with Diana Gabaldon on Saturday, June 7 in Seattle to launch Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.  During this all-day celebration, guests met Diana, enjoyed Outlander themed programming, and were among the first in the world to receive an early first edition of Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.


The Outlander Retreat schedule included:

Keynote with Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon welcomed guests to Outlander Retreat, giving readers a look into the making of WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD and answering all of their burning questions.  

Outlander Unleashed

Seattle’s most popular improv comedy troupe brought Jamie and Claire’s story to life with the guests help during this interactive session.

Scottish Dancing Performance

Guests joined Seattle’s Royal Scottish Country Dance Society for a special performance.

Meet and Greet with Outlander Kitchen

Guests met Theresa Carle-Sanders – professional chef, food writer, unabashed fan of Outlander, and founder of the popular blog, Outlander Kitchen.

Make & Take Craft Bar

Fans created floral crowns and bouquets at a DIY craft bar, as well as penned messages to loved ones, sealed with a replica seal.

The Making of Outlander

Diana’s Random House publishing team and her hometown bookseller discussed the early days of Outlander. The guests were the first to get an inside look from STARZ about 2014’s most-anticipated television show. 

Afternoon Mixer

Outlander Retreat concludes with Scottish fare and chance to recap the day with other guests. 



Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion

Seattle Center is a beautiful 74-acre landscaped campus. With over 12 million visitors a year, it is the fourth largest visitor destination in the United States.



Each $150 Outlander Fan Retreat ticket includes:

  • Meet and Greet and Personal Photo with Diana Gabaldon
  • Autographed First Edition of Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • Cocktail Party with Diana including Open Bar and Appetizers
  • Outlander Gift Bag



Guests used the Random House Events app to connect during the day with other readers and post to social platforms. To view comments and photographs that were shared through the app, click here.  

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“Thank you Random House for your kindness, especially to me. We were waiting so many years for this story to unfold and for our next adventure. You, Diana and STARZ rewarded many times over. It was a great celebration of a great writer, her devoted fans and her dynamic characters."

“Thank you so very much for a wonderful event. It surpassed my expectations, which were high.”

“I had an AMAZING time. Thank you, Random House for your dedication to Diana and her fans. The details made clear your desire to make this the wonderful event it was."

“This was a weekend I will never forget! The event was a perfect blend of fun, surprises, and class. I loved the fact that I had the time and ability to meet so many fans face-to-face… We are so lucky to be a part of a fandom where we are treated with such respect and generosity. Thanks for making the day so special!”

“Thank you to Random House for putting together this amazing day. It surpassed all my expectations!”

To view all the photographs from #OutlanderRetreat, please visit www.facebook.com/RandomHouse

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Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning Outlander series. The adventure began in 1991 with the classic Outlander and has continued through seven more New York Times-bestselling novels— Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and AshesAn Echo in the Bone, and now WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD, with more than twenty million copies in print worldwide. She is also the author of the Lord John Grey series.

Photo Credit Elenna Louglin  

Photo Credit Elenna Louglin


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In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears... into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and now WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other.