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.