STILLWATER, Okla. — Marlys Cervantes and Ryan Doom, with Cowley College’s creative writing program, recently took students to the Oklahoma State University campus to hear Craig Johnson, author of the books that inspired the popular Netflix series “Longmire.”

“Craig Johnson says, ‘What I do is put words together. I’m a wordsmith,’” said Cervantes, director of the creative writing program and humanities department chair. “He went on to explain that he stacks them like dominoes, tips them and lets the readers’ imaginations do all the work.”

Johnson maintains approval of all scripts that come from his books, serving as creative consultant for the production of the series.

He entertained the sell-out group with stories of how he creates, as well as how his writing popularity has helped several communities in Wyoming.

Johnson continues to live and work his ranch, which is just outside of Ucross, Wyoming — population 25.

Students attending with Cervantes and Doom were Aryana Hess, Aimee Morgan and John Pappan.

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications Rama Peroo.