Poictesme's 1st annual Flash Fiction Party brought together a large number of students of various majors for an evening of on-the-spot writing. Students had the opportunity to write on their own, or work with a number of OULIPO and postmodernist inspired prompts, including some from Dan Wiencek's piece "Thirteen Writing Prompts" which can be found at McSweeney's Internet Tendency
Diatribes and fine cheeses were both provided. At the end of each prompt, pieces were read aloud, in addition to individual lines from pieces, creating a verbal "exquisite corpse."
Outstanding pieces were published in the 2007-2008 edition.
A redux of our first Flash Fiction night, our 2nd annual event drew both new and dedicated writers (and some friends they dragged along), Once again, students were given a time limit to either write on their own or use one of the provided prompts.
Afterwards, they were able to share their work and indulge on amazing desserts. Some of the work is available in our web-exclusive content.
Poictesme's DaDa night was an intimate gathering held in the spring of 2007. After reading from Tristan Tzara's manifesto, silent films by avant-garde artists were projected on the wall, while vintage and contemporary newspapers and magazines were butchered to create poetry and art. The evening finished out with hors d'oeuvres, play-dough, and fine conversation on the floor.