About Us


Helping you live the writing life…

Dreamers Creative Writing is dedicated to writing that is from the heart.

Throughout human history, storytelling has been the thread that binds what is good about humanity together. But look at contemporary life and culture—doesn’t it feel like we’ve lost our way? Like we’ve dropped the threads of our story? We need to find methods for encouraging understanding and empathy across borders, cultures, environments and genders in order to reestablish the emotional connection that makes us who we are. Because if what is happening now is a true reflection of our species, then what kind of future are we facing? We need to dream, write, speak and live a better story.

We take our name from a lecture published in 1908, called “Creative Writers and Daydreaming” where Freud compared dreaming to art. He writes, “A piece of creative writing, like a daydream, is a continuation of, and a substitute for, what was once the play of childhood” (28). He goes on to say that “myths, legends and fairy tales” are the “wishful fantasies of whole nations, the secular dreams of youthful humanity” (Freud, 28).

Our business name also has personal meaning for our Editor-in-Chief and Founder, Kat McNichol. When Kat was a teenager, her dad owned Dreamers Gallery, a small art gallery based in Lion’s Head, Ontario. Read the whole story.

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Issue 5 of the Dreamers Magazine is Now Available!

This magazine is filled from front to back with writing that is from the heart. Reading it is a gift to the writers who worked so hard to make it a reality. Consider purchasing a copy. Prices start at only $5.99 CAD and there are 4 options: a single print copy, a print subscription, a single digital copy, or a digital subscription.

Print subscribers can also look forward to extra gifts in the mail. : -)

This magazine has so much great content inside!
  • An interview with author, Erin Bow, a Governor General Award winner.
  • The winners of our “Stories of Migration, Place and Home” contest.
  • Feature article: 17 Canadian writing contests – big cash prizes.
  • A selection of 15+ heartfelt poems and stories.

If you decide to make a purchase, then on behalf of the entire Dreamers team, thank you!


Kat McNichol

Kat McNichol is the Editor-in-Chief of Dreamers Creative Writing. She is also the Co-Editor for the Journal of Integrated Studies. She holds a B.A. in English Literature, and an MAIS in Writing and New Media, and Literary Studies. She is currently completing a PhD in Career Writing at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands where she is using autoethnography and writing as method to research the impact that therapeutic writing has on career identity.

Kat has spent the past 15 years writing marketing copy for the high-tech industry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous trade publications, journals and anthologies including Cold Mountain Review, The 16 Percent (Dundurn Press), Riverfeet Press, the Journal of Arts and Humanities, and Arts Research International.

Kat was longlisted for Pulp Literature’s Bumblebee Flash Fiction contest and shortlisted for their Raven Short Story contest. Two of her stories were shortlisted for the 2017 Eden Mills Literary Contest.

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General Manager

Ryan Clark is the General Manager of Dreamers Creative Writing and a farm boy at heart. He holds an Advertising and Communications diploma from Mohawk College.

Ryan is the Dreamers website Jack-of-all-trades, from design, to video production, to SEO, to updating our listings, posting content, testing and optimization, email distribution, and in general, making sure Dreamers stays on budget.

As an event coordinator and board member of Open Minds Respect Events, Ryan assists with poetry events and the distribution of compassion kits to the homeless through a charity called Straight 2 the Streets. He is also the former Editor at Big B Publishing, a construction trade magazine in Southern Ontario and worked as a Sound Engineer and Instructor at an electronic music studio in Oakville called Musicboxx.

When he’s not taking care of his home and family, Ryan is a multimedia DJ and producer of 3D music videos and virtual reality.

Carole Mertz
Book Review Editor

Carole Mertz reviews regularly for Copperfield Review, Eclectica, Mom Egg Review, and elsewhere. Her poetry appears widely in literary journals in the U.S. She is a poetry and prose reader at MER and was advance reader for WNBA’s 2018 poetry contest. She lives with her husband in Parma, Ohio, where she teaches music.

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