Every January and August, there are special opportunities for developing writers. Follow me on Twitter (@AmySparkes) and check out #SummerWritingCheer and #WinterWritingCheer.

Previous opportunities have included charity critiques, raising hundreds of pounds for charities like Prevent Breast Cancer, Cure Parkinson’s and Bowel Cancer UK.

There have also been free opportunities to practice pitching skills, new mentoring schemes announced, and the launch of a new book prize.

Keep your eyes open for some exciting opportunities! Spreading a little cheer in the world of writing.