UPDATE: Jesus Christ on a stick, I should never have tweeted that stat. That'll learn me. David does the final-final explanation in the comments. He's going to post the full piece over at the new play development blog. apologies for all the confusion.
At some point over the diversity convening, someone in the circle paraphrased a quote from Todd London's "OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE", a forthcoming study about the lives and livings of playwrights. I posted their quote on Twitter. A lot of conversation about the accuracy of the stat etc. ensued. I tried posting a clarification based on my own knowledge of the study from the TCG conference. More conversation re: the accuracy ensued.
So now, once and for all, is a clarification about the stat, for those of you who are interested...It's true that 9 of 10 writers with an MFA in their study got them from 7 programs. Also that a huge percentage of people in their study had MFA's. But I think we were talking about it as though 9 of 10 writers, period, had MFA's from these programs which is not what they found or claim. They also acknowledge that the suggestions for names of the participants came, in a significant part, from MFA programs themselves (as well as TCG member theaters and New Dramatist members) so it's not a reliable stat for the whole population.