Visual Storytelling Workshop – 2021 – Dates to be determined


Join veteran photojournalist Phil Hossack to explore visual storytelling. A mentoring expedition for aspiring photographers via visual narrative of Manitoba landscape and history seen through ‘21st Century eyes and lenses. 


“The Storyteller – …Free Press photographer didn’t just take pictures, he richly told stories.”  


– The Winnipeg Free Press –


This program will take participants on a hands on journey through inspiration to finished product in a focused photo essay. Lead you to find, investigate, photograph and present your personal narrative.


We’ll take those more experienced on a journey to identify and clear obstacles, clarify their work, inspire and energize their photographic life. 


Those just beginning to explore storytelling will ride on a guided visual tour they can use to grow their own photographic narrative.


You will learn to ask the questions that lead you to your visual answers.


While by all accounts I am a dreamer and live in a sort of fantasy world, I am also blessed in being a results oriented person. So the end result of your weekend of learning and photographing, thinking and sharing, working and playing, will be an essay. The base of a pyramid from which you can grow. 


Growth is an essential defining asset to any art, while my mentorship isn’t always “easy”, but I will guide you and inspire you, hopefully past your current limits.

Our main venue for two full workshop days will be on location in one of Manitoba’s most visual historical locations, a perfect setting to develop your personal storytelling toolbox. Home to less than a dozen permanent residents today, this ‘ghost town’ encompasses more than a century of history in its remaining structures and all the spaces ‘in-between’.  


Preliminary introductions will be conducted online via email and phone a week or two before the workshop. I’ll want to know a little about you and your experience and expectations and see a few of your images. You’ll want to ask me questions as well. 


We’ll meet and share more on the Friday afternoon and evening of the workshop, then get an early start to catch the Saturday morning light, all the while taking advantage of my photographic experience and lessons. I’m returning to my roots here. Growing up in the area I know the village and history from personal experience and coming of age.


Saturday afternoon we’ll retire to a convenient location to download, edit and review the work done so far before returning in the early evening again to see the location in ‘another light’. Sunday it will be optional to return to the village early, and then spend the afternoon with me, guiding and refining the editing and post production. 


Workshops for me are as much about travel and fun as they are about photography. Participants not only get a unique visit to a historical location seldom seen, but I’ll also provide photographic guidance, professional coaching and editing skills using all the experience accumulated on my continuing journey as a photojournalist.


Participation is limited to a half dozen to maximize learning time one on one with your guide. Keeping the group small allows flexibility and more personal attention.


While I don’t recommend this workshop for the early beginner, all skill level’s are welcome, but participants should already have a fundamental understanding of their camera, editing software and experience using both. Are you ready to take the next photographic step…




DSLR or mirrorless camera and interchangeable lenses (if available).


Those with more experience and a desire to use their iPhone (or other make) will be considered.


Laptop or tablet with editing software. 


Transportation is not included, but can be shared from Winnipeg and to and from our accomodations to the workshop site.


Cost $350/person for the workshop. (plus accommodation and meals).




Suggested accommodation  TyGwyn B & B is a great place to stay while we’re working. Accommodations can be made in advance to book the entire historical farmhouse exclusively for our group breakfast is included with the possibility of negotiating other meals on a group basis. There are other restaurants and/or self sustained meal options available. 




The facility sleeps potentially 8 if the queen beds are shared, 5 if not.




1X Master bedroom Queen bed & private bath $105/double $95/single occupancy




2X Bedrooms Queen bed, shared Bath $95/double $85/Single occupancy




2X twin beds shared room in 3rd floor loft $50.each.


Other area accommodation is available if needed or desired.




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