To leave a legacy for family members. Since ancient times, people have used storytelling as a way to pass wisdom and knowledge from one generation to the next. To make a journey of self-discovery. By examining the past, we gain new insights. People are often surprised by how much they learn about themselves in a life-writing group. To find a greater sense of meaning in our lives. Through writing we discover hidden truths. To facilitate life transitions and find direction for the future. By examining the past we gain new perspective and free ourselves to move on. To develop a sense of belonging. The sharing of our life stories is as important as the writing; our truths resonate with others. To contribute to history. From Writing About Your Life, by William Zinsser: "Whether your memoir ever gets published isn’t finally the point. There are many good reasons for writing that have nothing to do with getting published. One is the personal satisfaction of coming to terms with your life narrative—getting your story sorted out and preserved on paper. Another is the archival satisfaction of leaving to your local library or historical society your memories of your community as you knew it when you were younger. This is priceless information for scholars and social historians. It doesn't have to take the form of a published book to give those scholars the facts they need. You can print your memoir handsomely on your computer and have it duplicated and bound by your local copy shop. The shelves of town and college libraries are rich in these homemade gems of recollection." Two-Minute Exercise for Memoir-Writing Groups There are as many reasons for joining a life-writing group as there are writers. Identifying your purpose will help you keep going. Think about what brought you here today. State your purpose in writing.