1-2-1 Achieve


Only At The Kelly Yang Project

With our founder Kelly Yang’s extensive connections in publishing and academia, we have scoured the world to find YOU the top experts.

World-class Professionals

A network of world’s top expert in different fields 

One-To-One Coaching

One-to-one master class


Learn and excel anywhere

“My son is now attending the second round of 1 to 1 Achieve program that he meets a US author online and have his writing sessions! My son as a local school student, I appreciate that Kelly Yang offers this course to widen my son’s exposure. Its fun, interactive and the content is customised… my son really enjoys! Learn online to keep my son stay safe under pandemic, great arrangement! Highly recommended! ”

– Suzanne, parent of one of our 1-2-1 Achieve students


Students ages 8-18!

Minimum 5 lessons.

Lesson Times: Monday-Sunday (7 days a week)

Times: 8am-12pm, 4-10pm (Hong Kong time)

Spaces are limited – call us ASAP to secure your time!


+852 2810 4822

Meet Your Instructors


Carolyn Menke

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Carolyn Menke is a creative writing teacher, an award-winning short story writer, and the author of Return To Me, a 1940s war-time historical fiction, and the companion novella, I’m Yours.  She is passionate about working with children and often presents at elementary schools and leads writing workshops. Her latest nonfiction work will be featured in the Pittsburgh Magazine. Her grasp of history and politics would make her a great teacher for many of KYP’s curriculum offerings.

Key Qualifications: 

  • Published fiction author
  • Degree in Writing from Carnegie Melon University

Availability (Hong Kong time):

  • Monday-Friday, 8-10am & 8-10pm
  • Sunday, 8-10am & 8-10pm

Carina Bissett

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A more mature student might enjoy working with Carina Bissett, a writer, poet, and educator working primarily in dark fiction. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in multiple journals and anthologies. She has published essays in Birthing Monsters: Frankenstein’s Cabinet of Curiosities and Cruelties and in the three-volume set American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopaedia of American Folklore. Her fiction has been nominated for the Sundress Publications Best of the Net Award and was a finalist for the Ron L. Hubbard Writers of the Future Awards; her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Sundress Publications Best of the Net Award; and she was awarded the 2016 HWA Scholarship from the Horror Writers Association. As an educator, Carina has taught at Pikes Peak Community College, Glendale Community College, and Arizona State University, as well as several American public schools. She also participated in the Colorado Writing Project and works with educators to develop writing instruction in college and secondary school classrooms.

Key Qualifications: 

  • Award-winning fiction author
  • Master’s degree in Creative Writing
  • English teacher with nearly 20 years’ experience at a primary, secondary, and university level

Availability (Hong Kong time): 

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8-10pm
  • Saturday and Sunday (upon request)

Norman Kolpas

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Norman Kolpas is a veteran teacher and accomplished editor and publisher. Norman, who graduated from Yale with a degree in English Literature, has spent his career writing across genres, primarily non-fiction. He has written over 2000 articles for magazines and newspapers, including Bon Appétit and Western Art & Architecture. He has also written over 40 non-fiction books, including Julia Child’s Southwest Beautiful Cookbook, and edited over 100 books on diverse subjects, including art, cooking and design. He was also a ghostwriter for celebrities and famous organizations including Wolfgang Puck, Jane Fonda, and the Mayo Clinic. Norman has also been a writing teacher since 1989, most notably at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he won the “Outstanding Instructor in Creative Writing” award in 2014.

Key Qualifications: 

  • Yale graduate in English Literature
  • Award-winning instructor with over 30 years’ teaching experience, including at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Writer and editor of over 150 books and 2,000 articles

Availability (Hong Kong time): 

  • Tuesday-Friday mornings (hours by request)
  • Saturday and Sunday, 8am-12pm

Tina Kil

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Tina Kil is a professional writer with an extensive background in research, copy editing, and storytelling. Thanks to her decades of writing experience, she has strong attention to detail in fact-checking, spelling and grammar, and the presentation of ideas. Tina, as a former Hollywood screenwriter for numerous comedy shows, including Californication, is experienced in writing across tones and genres, including news, food, business, and humour. She also has ample experience as a writing teacher for both elementary and early secondary students – including English learners – in creative and critical writing.

Key Qualifications: 

  • Former Hollywood screenwriter
  • Graduate of William and Mary College
  • Decades of teaching experience, including with English learners

Availability (Hong Kong time): 

  • Monday – Saturday, 9-10pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9-11am
Contact us now to learn more about our 1-2-1 Achieve program!