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Available for programs:
Meet the Author presentations
Storytelling Performances
Author Visits
Keynote Speaking
  Special SC History programs for schools
Church Programs 
Sweetgrass history
Gullah in SC
Hunley Submarine
Lighthouses of SC
Available for workshops
Art of Storytelling
Storytelling in the Curriculum
Teaching Values through Storytelling
Be an Author/Writing process


Read, Write, Tell

Margie Willis Clary was born in the Piedmont section of South Carolina. Her father was a Baptist minister.

After graduating from Furman University with a Bachelor Degree in Education, she taught in Greenville County until moving with her family to Charleston in 1965. She received a Master in Education from The Citadel and taught on James Island until her retirement in 1988.

Since retirement, Clary has worked as an adjunct professor at The Citadel and at Charleston Southern University. As a storyteller, Margie travels throughout the state working in schools as an artist-in-residence with the South Carolina Arts Commission. She presents workshops, both locally and statewide on the use of literature and storytelling in curriculum. She also is available for "Meet the Author" presentations.

As a freelance writer, she has contributed articles to local and national publications. In 1990 she published a volume of poetry, A Poem Is a Memory. Her first book of fiction, entitled A Sweet, Sweet Basket, was published in 1995 by Sandlapper Publishing and listed among Smithsonian Magazine's "Notable Books for Children."

Margie is actively associated with a number of national and local professional groups including The National Association of Storytellers, The International Reading Association, Delta Kappa Gamma International, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and state and local arts councils.

A South Carolina native, Margie Clary has called the Charleston area home for more that thirty years. She and her husband live on James Island and is an active member at Fort Johnson Baptist Church. They have two children and three grandchildren.


Charleston, SC


email: mwclary@juno.com