The first step to becoming the next Suzanne Collins is writing, and The Blot is giving you a little motivation to get started. 

The Blot, a writing workshop designed to introduce aspiring writers to the publishing industry and just give them an outlet to write, will be held on April 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Provo Library, 550 N. University Avenue, Provo, Bullock Room #309.

Sponsoring the event is local companies TM Publishing LLC and KBeck Books.

Join the workshop for a presentation on the Craft of Writing, Design and the Publishing Industry. The event also promises prize drawings every hour with prizes ranging from a Kindle Fire to books and journals

Hint: Like TM Publishing on facebook for an extra entry in the drawing. And refer a friend by making sure he or she puts your name in the "referred by" box on the submissions page for yet another entry.

The free event is topped off with a writing contest through TM Publishing. The contest consists of two section, short story and novel. Winners of the novel writing contest will receive a publishing deal with TM Publishing, and the short story winner will get a spot in TM Publishing’s e-magazine. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 2.

TM Publishing will announce the winners at The Blot.