Scenario Writing is another component of the multi-faceted Future Problem Solving Program. Students develop and submit pieces of writing containing up to 1500 words. These 'scenarios' are written in short story format, are based on one of the topics chosen for the year and must be set at least twenty years into the future.
As in the other competitive components, students compete only against those in their own division. Winners in each of the three divisions are invited to attend the Future Problem Solving International Conference.
HOW DOES SCENARIO WRITING WORK?
Schools can register individual students in one of the following divisions – Junior (Years 5 and 6), Middle (Years 7 to 9) and Senior (Years 10 to 12).
Students produce an original written scenario, to a maximum of 1500 words, in which one possible outcome of the future is developed through character and plot. Stories are based on one of FPSP annual topics for the current competition season. Their story is set at least 20 years in the future, as an imagined, logical, outcome of actions or events taking place in the world, and is written as though the future was the present.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Scenario Writing provides opportunities for students to meet and exceed educational standards as they enhance their writing skills.
Scenario Writing also strives to help students think creatively, and futuristically, focussing on enlarging, enriching and accentuating images of the future. Students develop greater awareness and imaginings, by personalising their ever‐growing perspective of possible futures.
SUBMISSION AND ASSESSMENT?
One registration entitles an individual to two evaluations. Two Evaluations will allow the student to submit a trial written scenario, due in May, which is evaluated but non-competitive. The second competitive submission, due in August, may be a revision of the first scenario, or an entirely new scenario.
Evaluations are a rubric‐based process, providing students with direct feedback and tools for continuous growth.
Prior to submission, coaches may provide direct instruction on the scenario writing, and make general suggestions for improvement, including with spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. However, each scenario must be original and written by the student.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
FPSP Australia offers a professional development workshop in the six‐step problem‐solving process at the beginning of each year. This is used in both the Global Issues Problem Solving and Community Problem Solving components.
Although knowing the process can help students to think about the future and organise a storyline, it is not a prerequisite for Scenario Writing. Since Scenarios must relate to one of the annual topics, we recommend that students complete background reading and research on their chosen topic.