Upcoming Events


Frederick, Maryland Sky Stage

Literature and Open Mic

Free, in-person event.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Sky Stage
59 South Carroll Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701

Fourth annual event sponsored by Maryland Writers’ Association Frederick Chapter.  Emceed by award-winning beat poet and songwriter Rod Decay. Diane will read an excerpt from her latest book The Indenture of Ivy O’Neill, joining other writers and poets as they share their work.  This event will be held in the historic Sky Stage.  Transformed from a boarded-up, fire-damaged Pre-Revolutionary War building in the heart of Frederick, the property has been transformed to an open-air theater, an interactive building-scale public art work.  Come and see!


Meet the Authors of Frederick

Free, In-person event

Saturday, September 17, 2022
12 PM to 4 PM

The C. B. Artz Library

110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701

Diane will join with other regional authors to chat informally with the public.  She will also offer personalized, signed copies of her books The Indenture  of Ivy O’Neill and Diaspora for purchase.


Portia Willis, New York Suffragist, Activist and Lecturer

Uncovering Women’s Hidden History

Free, In-person presentation by Diane Helentjaris

Sunday, September 25, 2022, 2 p.m.
The Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Stuck researching the women in your family tree? Would you like to know more about the lives of women in the past? Or other marginalized folks? Diane will share innovative tips and tools from her experience as a writer.  Learn how the lives of an Irish girl in the 1690s and a Wild West broncho-riding woman in 1913 are brought to life.  Copies of her historical novel The Indenture of Ivy O’Neill will be available for purchase.

Sign up information will be available at a later date.


Old Mill,Waterford, Loudoun County, Virginia

Waterford Fair

A Celebration of Americana

77th American Crafts & Historic Homes Tour

Friday, October 7
Saturday, October 8
Sunday, October 9
Waterford, Virginia

The Indenture of Ivy O’Neill, Diane’s latest book, will be on sale at the Old Mill throughout the Fair. Diane will be personalizing paperback and hardcover copies at a book signing to be scheduled during the Fair.

The Waterford Fair is the mid-Atlantic’s quintessential fall festival with demonstrating fine heritage and contemporary craft artisans, living historians, a juried art show, Tickets go on sale in August.

For more information about the Waterford Foundation and the Waterford Fair, visit this site.


Eat Local Read Local

Free public event
Saturday, October 15, 11 am to 2 pm
Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, Virginia 20165 (703) 444-3228

Popular annual event in Loudoun County, Virginia. Come meet local fiction and non-fiction authors who write for adult, teens, and children. Local restaurants and food vendors will have food for sale. Local musicians will add atmosphere. Come check it out.

Diane looks forward to meeting and chatting with you at her table. She will be signing, inscribing, and selling copies of her books.


The Real Witches of Virginia (and Maryland)

Free, In-person presentation by Diane Helentjaris
Thursday, October 27, evening – hours announced later
The Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road N.W., Leesburg, Virginia

Just in time for Halloween, Diane Helentjaris brings you a bit of seasonal history. She’ll share the fascinating stories of witches in colonial times – how they were identified, their crimes, their punishments, and fates. Learn about the convicted witch who waited three hundred years for justice. Copies of her historical novel The Indenture of Ivy O’Neill will be available for purchase.

Sign up information will be posted at a later date.

Need a speaker?

Interested in booking a talk by Diane? She is available for meetings, podcasts, interviews, and presentations. Use the contact tab to leave a message or email her at helentjari@aol.com.

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Mountain Gap School, Loudoun County, Virginia by Diane Helentjaris.