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On Thursday, January 17th, Hostelling International, Tripfilms, and Matador, and Bootlegger21 NY Vodka present the first ever Travel Talk & Rock, a free event in New York with readings and workshops in travel writing, photography, and filmmaking.

STOKE-LEVELS are fairly high right now at Matador as we’re just a couple weeks into 2013 and looking forward to our biggest ever educational event / party.

Here’s the quick and dirty:

Where: Hostelling International NYC, 891 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NYC 10025 in the Ballroom.

When: Thursday, January 17th from 6pm – 10pm. Readings / workshops begin in the Ballroom at 6 and will run until 8. From 8-10 we’ll be partying upstairs.

What: Readings; presentations on travel writing, photography, and filmmaking; audience Q&A; and a DJ / party afterwards. There will be free booze for the first part of the evening, with a cash bar afterwards.

Who: Readers and presenters include:

Seth Kugel (New York Times) – NYT’s “Frugal Traveler,” Seth Kugel, will be speaking on “Writing about travel without becoming a travel writer,” noting that, “I’m an accidental travel writer, never wanted to be one.”

Candice Walsh and David Miller (Matador) – MatadorU’s lead writing faculty Candice Walsh and Senior Editor David Miller will be discussing the way we experience travel versus the way it’s typically written about, and read a selection of travel pieces that subvert the genre.

Colby Brown (MatadorU) MatadorU - Director of Photography Colby Brown will discuss how people can stand above the fray and succeed in a market saturated by talented, charismatic photographers, and storytellers.

Aaron Hamburger (Matador) – Novelist Aaron Hamburger will be reading an excerpt from his work that illustrates how to “transcend seeing for setting” — ways writers can access their other senses and not rely exclusively on the visual elements of a place.

Scott Sporleder (Matador Productions) – Matador’s head of productions will deconstruct a favorite travel video, sharing lessons on how to capture footage.

Josh Johnson (MatadorU) – MatadorU’s Dean of Education, Josh Johnson, will be exploring how a better understanding of the nature of one’s personal story becomes a tool for empowerment.

Kelley Ferro and Tony Cheng (Tripfilms) – Kelley and Tony will introduce what Tripfilms is, explore their ethos for travel video, and introduce / demonstrate the tripfilms app.

Cost: Free. Some drinks hosted.

Social media: We will be live-tweeting the event and taking questions from the twittersphere. Please be sure to use the hashtag #TalkTravelNYC.

We hope to see you there. Please RSVP at our Facebook invite.

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About The Author

David Miller

David Miller is Senior Editor of Matador (winner of 2010 and 2011 Lowell Thomas awards for travel journalism) and Director of Curricula at MatadorU. Follow him @dahveed_miller.

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