Margot Schwass is a writer, editor and tutor with a MA in English from Victoria University. She has worked for book publishers, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the Waitangi Tribunal, the Australia New Zealand School of Government and many other public sector organisations.
She co-authored (with Trevor Richards and Jeremy Rose) the major VSA publication New Zealand Abroad (2002), travelling through Asia and the Pacific for her research.
Her 2005 publication, Last Words, followed an interest in migrant writers (the topic of her MA thesis), and developed connections with New Zealand's immigrant communities.
In 2008, she edited the expanded edition of BWB’s best-selling New Zealand Pregnancy Book, and wrote a social history of one of New Zealand’s oldest girls’ secondary schools.
Margot Schwass is a partner in Words@work, a consultancy providing writing training to decision-makers, tribunal members and others, and regularly teaches writing skills to judges in New Zealand and the Pacific. She writes short fiction, and has a nearly completed novel for young adults.
Celebrating Wellington Girls: 125 years of Wellington Girls’ College (Capital Girls’ Association, 2008)
The New Zealand Pregnancy Book, 3rd edition (editor), Sue Pullon and Cheryl Benn (Bridget Williams Books, 2008)
Last Words: Approaches to Death in New Zealand's Cultures and Faiths (Bridget Williams Books with the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand, 2005)
New Zealand Abroad: The Story of VSA’s Work in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, co-authored with Trevor Richards and Jeremey Rose (Bridget Williams Books, 2002)
The Dairy Farm (Reed, 2001)