Born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, he always
knew he wanted to be a writer and this desire was
reinforced when in the 4th grade he won a short story
contest sponsored by The Atlantic Monthly. He wrote for
his elementary school paper, his high school
newspaper, (turning "pro" in the 9th grade by selling his
first paid work to the local newspaper), then going on to
write for The Daily Collegian at Penn State. One of his
humor columns about the strange dialect of his home
town was written up in the Penn Stater alumni
magazine then picked up by other newspapers and
spawned a host of imitations including t-shirts, coffee
mugs and books featuring Pittsburghese.
His column commenting on college life was so popular
that shortly following graduation he was asked to speak
at his alma mater, a rare honor for a 21-year-old.
After college, Walt moved to California to continue his
freelance writing career and worked a variety of jobs in
those early years to support his writing habit. He
managed a racquet club, bookstore, motel, an
automated drive-through grocery store, as well as doing
some acting, modeling and standup comedy. He now
devotes his full time to writing, business consulting,
and teaching or business seminars and adult
Getting ready to speak at Penn State.
San Diego-based writer Walter G. Meyer has
numerous interesting projects in the works
including his new novel, Rounding Third. Walt
has written for dozens of newspapers and
magazines--some of that work can be seen on
his periodicals page. The play which he
co-wrote, GAM3RS, is being turned into a web
series and two of his screenplays have been
optioned to be movies and there is lots more
in the works so check back often.
Walt reflecting on the joys of being a writer....
I did a reading/signing the other day and the post reading/talk
discussion was amazing. Not so much because of me--I just was the
facilitator, but because so many had read the book and were able to
make really great comments and give amazing insights. And all were
careful not to give away too much to those who had not read the book. I
felt like I was a professor conducting a PhD course in literature, the
comments were that intelligent. Moments like that are why I want to be a
writer. To have people so excited about my work and my writing and to
really get the message and want to debate its finer points---wow. It felt
great. To have people get teary-eyed as they talked with such passion
about characters I had created...it was awesome.
At the Pride event at the Lemon Grove Library.
Walt was quoted in an article about housing options for gay seniors by Aaron Crowe. It was
originally published on HSH.com and then picked up by Fox Business News
Walt was interviewed for his driving safety expertise for Edmunds
Walt was profiled on SDGLN
for his community work.
|Walt appearing on "Young
Perspectives" radio show.
Listen to the podcast.
It is an hour long and Walt's
part starts about 6 minutes in.
The importance of staying in touch
with your college friends was the
subject of an article in which Walt
was quoted for Campus Explorer.
Walt was quoted in a story about what to listen to while writing.