In October the third London Screenwriters Festival will be held – and as I have been there for the first and second event I can promise you it’s really great fun, a lot really useful information to help you as a writer and especially friendly people around. All keen to learn, meet others like them or not quite like them and just spend a weekend learning, updating and rebooting thier energy to keep writing — the speakers are interesting AND know about what they are talking so you really learn from them AND they don’t mind to talk to those who are not yet within the business. So no need to belong to an old boy network, to have gone to the right schools, to belong to the inner circle of friends.
There are also payment schemes to make it easier for you to go. Just visit their webpage – http://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com/