Frequently Asked Questions

What is it?
Alchemy is a writers’ retreat and workshop. This unique experience is a weekend filled to overflowing with fantastic writing advice, practical tips about promotion, encouragement, community, and the tools you need to take the next step(s) in your writing journey.
Who’s behind it?

Alchemy is the brainchild of Nicole Baart, Tosca Lee, and Kimberly Stuart. Together they have nearly 40 years of combined publishing experience and 30+ books published in the mainstream, inspirational, and international markets. Their novels range from YA to thrillers to literary and beyond, and have been award-winning, bestsellers, top book club picks, optioned for movie and television, and featured in prominent publications like People magazine and Southern Living. In addition to Tosca, Kimberly, and Nicole, two industry professional (surprise guests!) will be presenting.

When and where will it be held?
The Hilton Garden Inn
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
June 12-14, 2020
Who should attend?

Writers! Alchemy will focus on fiction, with sessions on writing unforgettable characters, beautiful prose, step-off-the-page setting, and so much more. We will also discuss promotion, how to build a brand, and where to find community as a writer. Our tagline (Write where craft and magic meet…) does a pretty good job of summarizing what we believe are the essential ingredients of great fiction: a solid understanding of what works, and a bit of awestruck wonder that allows you to imagine what if.

What’s the (tentative) weekend itinerary?


  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm First Session
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm Workshop Groups
  • Dinner on your own and/or with new friends!
  • 8:30pm – 10:00pm Wine & Dessert Social


  • 9:00am – 12:00pm Second Session (breakfast included)
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch (included)
  • 1:30pm – 3:30pm Third Session
  • 3:30pm – 5:30pm Workshop Groups
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm Dinner (included)


  • 9:00am – 11:30am Fourth Session (breakfast included)
  • 11:30am  Workshop Groups and Goodbyes
  • Lunch on your own and/or with new friends!
What is included in the weekend?
  • Tosca, Kimberly, and Nicole’s best tips, tricks, and teaching.
  • Sessions taught by guest industry professionals (editors, agents, etc.).
  • Wine and dessert social (Friday night).
  • All meals on Saturday.
  • Breakfast on Sunday.
  • Admission into a private Alchemy Facebook group.
  • Tailored placement in a workshop group (that could become a long-term critique group).
  • Limited registration to ensure an intimate experience.
  • Extras designed to surprise and delight.
  • A VIP experience that focuses on filling and refreshing you as a writer and creative.
How much does it cost?

Registration: $997 (or 3 installments of $379)
Early-bird (through December 31): $795