Second PEN Writing Retreat

The Past Earth Network hosted a writing retreat from 24-26 November 2017. The event was held at Callow Hall in Derbyshire and was arranged as a meeting for members to work on papers for publication, or on funding applications already at an advanced stage. The retreat was aimed at rapidly progressing academic writing that addresses the PEN palaeoclimate themes: data, models, data-model comparison and forecasting. Since PEN aims to improve communication between palaeoclimate scientists and statisticians, we particularly welcomed participants working on papers or funding applications on these topics.


The retreat was a loosely structured event allowing for writing and discussion sessions as-and-when attendees felt they needed them. This format allowed for as much writing as possible in a pressure-free environment. Papers at any stage were welcome, from conceptual reviews and grant proposals to articles that just needed a polish. .


Taking place in Callow Hall Country House, the grounds and historic building provided a quiet location to focus on writing in a distraction free environment. The PEN funded accommodation and catering for the attendees for the duration of the retreat.