About Us


Helping you live the writing life…

Dreamers is dedicated to all the different ways to write creatively from writing for writing’s sake, to using creative writing in academic research, to writing as therapy.

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.

Do you have a story to tell? We can help!

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Issue 2 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 copya print subscriptiona 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, Steven Heighton, a Governor General Award winner.
  • The winners of our “Stories of Migration, Place and Home” writing contest.
  • A list of 35 writing festivals in Canada.
  • 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!


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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

Scott Bartlett is the General Manager of Dreamers Creative Writing. He holds a Biotechnology Research Technologist diploma from Seneca@york, a Quality Assurance Management certificate from Humber College and a Manufacturing Leadership diploma from Conestoga College.

Scott is the websites all-around 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 the Editor-in-Chief doesn’t spend too much money at Chapters, Indigo and Amazon Books.

When he’s not taking care of his home and family so his wife can write, working on this website, or driving to his full-time job as the Moulding Department Manager for a pharmaceutical packaging company in Toronto, Scott spends his vast minutes of free time snowboarding, cleaning his saltwater aquarium, snorkeling, scuba-diving, and questing to defeat Alduin in Skyrim. 

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Poetry Editor

James Brandon studied Creative Writing at Capilano University in Vancouver, B.C. and completed a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics at McMaster University.

Today he finds himself working in Communications for a small hospitality startup in Haileybury, Ontario. James writes in his spare time, trying to make the bitter northern winter pass more quickly, and dreaming of where he’s headed next.

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