Foolscap is a new kind of convention. We bring together writers, artists, fans, thinkers and makers to create a weekend-long conversation about the things that excite us. Everyone is interesting at Foolscap. By bringing together a community of diverse interests and experiences, we make a space where we all learn from each other.

Foolscap's guiding principles are the "Four 'B's":

Belonging Bridges
Brains Bravery


We believe ideas make the best toys. We take them apart to see how they work, and put them together in new, better ways.

What ideas do you want to explore?


We come together to form a community. We share food and conversation, stories and books. We welcome you to join us.

What makes you feel at home?


We connect communities by giving them a place to show their most interesting side. Foolscap fosters the unexpected connections that help communities grow.

Who are you hoping to meet?


We take risks along the way to making things better. If we've been doing something well for years, then it's time for us to try to do it better. We may stumble, but we'll always learn.

How would you make a better community?

Our philosophy shapes our convention. Find out how.

Foolscap 2015 is a memory, but we're still busy behind the scenes. Next year is never as far away as it seems, and big changes are afoot! We're moving to a new home near SeaTac airport, where it'll be easier than ever to join us by car or light rail, not to mention by air. It's also a great time for new faces and new ideas. If you've ever wanted to be a part of Foolscap, we'd love to hear from you as we start the planning for 2016.

Foolscap 2016 Schedule


Writing Workshop (Columbia A) 9:30 AM 3:00 PM
Registration 2:00 PM 8:00 PM
Art Show 4:00 PM 8:00 PM
Dealers' Hall 4:00 PM 8:00 PM
Artists' Alley 4:00 PM 8:00 PM
Hospitality (Room 2105) 8:00 PM 11:00 PM
Columbia A Columbia B Commons
4:00 PM Board Gamming
4:30 PM
5:00 PM Opening Ceremony
5:30 PM Open Program Generation
6:00 PM Dinner Break
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
7:30 PM
8:00 PM Hugo Pitch Session Micro RPG
8:30 PM
9:00 PM Ask a Brown Girl Thrown with Great Force - Classics we Won't Finish
9:30 PM
10:00 PM Mirror Charades Against Humanities
10:30 PM
11:00 PM
11:30 PM


Registration 11:00 AM 6:30 PM
Art Show 10:00 AM 6:30 PM
Dealers' Hall 11:00 AM 6:30 PM
Hospitality (Closed during meals) (2105) 9:00 AM 11:00 PM
Columbia A Columbia B Commons
10:00 AM Future What? Super Powers vs. Reality
10:30 AM
11:00 AM Pen Addiction Taxidermy: What? Is it gross, or not?
11:30 AM
12:00 PM Open Program Generation
12:30 PM
1:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM
2:00 PM
2:30 PM
3:00 PM
3:30 PM
4:00 PM
4:30 PM
5:00 PM
5:30 PM
6:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
7:30 PM
8:00 PM
8:30 PM
9:00 PM
9:30 PM
10:00 PM Radio Play
10:30 PM
11:00 PM Improv Micropanels
11:30 PM


Registration 10:00 AM 4:00 PM
Art Show 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Dealers' Hall 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Artists' Alley 10:00 AM 1:30 PM
Hospitality 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
Columbia A Columbia B Commons
9:00 AM
9:30 AM
10:00 AM
10:30 AM
11:00 AM
11:30 AM
12:00 PM
12:30 PM Lunch/Banquet
1:00 PM
1:30 PM Foolscap Auction
2:00 PM
2:30 PM
3:00 PM Closing Ceremony & Foolscap Feedback
3:30 PM

Open Space Panel Descriptions

Hugo Pitch Session

Hugo nomiations are open. What have you read or seen that you think people should consider? No fistcuffs.
- Dave W

Micro RPG

Choose from a selection of RPG's whose instructions are 200 words or fewer. Play for 30 minutes, then try another.
- Berlynn Wohl

Ask a Brown Girl

Liz yells at you about racism and explains (to the best of her ability) why things are offensive.
Expected R-rating or potentially triggering content. If you're not uncomfortable, I'm doing it wrong.

Thorwn with Great Force - Classics we Won't Finish

There are "classics of SF - "Dune" "Foundation" "Frankenstein"
Which ones are better left on the shelf?
Which genre classics aren't that much fun to read today, and why?
- Beth Mitcham

Mirror Charades Against Humanities

Charades... with a CAH twist! When it's your turn to perform, pick 5 white chards, pick one, and act it out for for your mirror.

Mirror Charades is just like charades - but the person who knows the clue can’t be seen by the guessers, and the person who’s acting it out doesn’t know what they’re trying to clue. Of course, they can’t talk to each other, either. Chaos ensues.

Future What?

What technologies are coming up that will have a profound social impact and what will those impacts and technologies be?
- Ari Goldstein

Super Powers vs. Reality

According to science, when Sue Storm of Violet turns invisible, she would also go blind. The Flash can't disappear from a room any more than a Ferrari can vanish without "burning rubber," not enough traction. If Steve Austin tried to lift one end of a car, he would merely crush his spine. What superpowers DO work in the real world
- Dave Howell

Pen Addiction

People interested in fine writing instruments, ink, paper. Bring your pens!

  • Douglas Beal

Needs tables for writing

Taxidermy: What? Is it gross or not?

Draconian, a trained taxidermist will happily answer questions you have or never through you'd have about this fascinating craft? History, techniques.
Expected to have R-rated or potentially triggering content. [blood/core/death mentioned]
- Dracontia

Radio Play

This year the Foolscap Radio Play is trying something new: an anthology of shorts instead of one big play. Come on out and try – there will be many more chances to take part this year, and a wide variety of roles, as our stories range from Sherlock Holmes Victoriana to far-future space opera.
Casting will be by our usual open-audition, no-one-guaranteed-anything, anyone-could-be-a-star! process, with a public audition in the afternoon, and then a public performance in the evening after a single rehearsal.
We are proud to be presenting Vonda McIntyre’s “Adventure of the Field Theorems”, L. Sprague de Camp’s “Nothing in the Rules”, and a Buck Godot story from past Foolscap goh Phil Foglio.

Improv Micropanels

We want to hear your voice at Foolscap. To join us, you just need a membership to the convention.

Your membership makes you a part of Foolscap; your support keeps the conversation going. What will you shape Foolscap into?

We can't wait to find out.
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