Scenario Writing (SW)

Get Creative While Refining Your Writing Skills.

Scenario Writing is an individual competition in which students develop short stories related to one of FPS’s four annual topics. The story should be 1500 words or less and set at least 20 years in the future. It is an imagined but logical outcome of actions or events taking place in the world. For students who participate in Global Issues Problem Solving and/or Scenario Performance, Scenario Writing can serve as an excellent complement to their work on any of the annual topics. Scenario Writing can be used as a standalone activity by an FPS coach, an English teacher, a parent, or any instructor with students interested in creative writing. Students who are enthusiastic about stories of the future may also be interested in Scenario Performance, which is an oral storytelling experience.

Scenario Writing Coaches
Why Scenario Writing?

To prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century, FPS teaches students to think critically, creatively, and futuristically. The Scenario Writing component of FPS strives to help students enlarge, enrich, and make their images of the future more precise while honing their creative writing skills. This competition provides students with greater awareness and imaginings about possible futures. Participation in Scenario Writing provides opportunities for students to meet and exceed educational standards as they refine their writing skills. A rubric-based authentic evaluation is provided, giving students tools for continuous growth.

Do students need to know the six step problem solving process for Scenarios?

Both the Global Issues Problem Solving and Community Problem Solving components use the six step problem solving process. Although knowing the process can help students think about the future and organize a story line, it is not a prerequisite for Scenario Writing. Since Scenarios must relate to one of the annual topics, it is imperative that students complete background reading and research on their chosen topic.

How much help should a coach give?

The student’s writing must be original. As a coach, you may provide direct instruction on creative writing, read the student’s work, ask questions that occur to you as a reader, and make general suggestions for improvement. Authors may receive assistance to correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. Peer revision is a beneficial process. Automated writing tools (including AI) should only be used for proofreading or to spark ideas; all submitted work should be fully student-created.

Our Impact

Global Future Problem Solvers

FPS Students from more than 37 states and 14 countries.

Over 250,000 students globally have participated in the last decade

Over 250,000 students globally
have participated in the last decade!

Promotes Written and Verbal communication skills

Promotes both Written and Verbal communication skills