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.
The Scenario Writing component of FPS strives to help students enlarge, enrich and make more accurate those images of the future. Scenario Writing personalises a student's ever growing perspective of the future.
A FPS scenario is a short-short story in which one possible outcome of the future is developed through character(s) and plot. It is a prediction of the future and is written as though the future was the present.
To participate in the competitive portion of the program and to be eligible for awards a scenario writer follows standard guidelines:
- Each scenario must be set at least 20 years in the future.
- Each scenario must have a recognisable relationship to one of the current Future Problem Solving Topics.
- Scenarios must not exceed 1,500 words
- The title must be on the first page and the scenario must be double-spaced, typed in Arial or Times New Roman font (12 point).
- The scenario must be submitted by the due date, with all relevant coversheets and forms.
Scenario writing serves as an excellent complement for a student participating in Team Problem Solving, and can serve as an extension of work on any of the topics. The creative writing involved in Scenario Writing appeals to students not drawn to the more team-oriented focus of FPS. Scenario Writing can be used as a stand-alone activity by an FPS coach, a writing teacher, or any individual interested in creative writing. Scenario Writing is an excellent option for student portfolios.
Students through to Year 12 may participate in the Scenario Writing Program. Two options exist for participation (as follows)
Option 1: Two Evaluations Registration
This option strives to assist coaches and students in the development of student scenarios. A registration fee entitles a student to submit one scenario for written feedback in the first non-competitive round. In addition, a registrant's second submission of the year is entered in the Scenario Writing Competition.
Coaches may use the program with one student, several students or an entire class. When it comes time for each round of feedback, scenarios are submitted for evaluation:
- One registration is required for each entry.
- Coaches may select the same or different scenario writers' work or submit for each of the rounds; a student may submit a revision of the first scenario or a new scenario in the competitive round.
- An individual student may submit only one scenario in each round.
- There is no limit to the number of scenario students a coach may register.
Option 2: Single Evaluation Registration
A registration fee entitles a student to submit one scenario in the competitive round of the Scenario Writing Competition. While an individual student may submit only one scenario, there is no limit to the number of scenarios a coach may register.