What's the difference between these two programs?

The 2-week Summer Residential Program (in-person or online) is an intense, immersive writing experience that will include: core courses (participation mandatory) taught by Iowa Writers' Workshop graduates, as well as (participation optional) readings by exciting writers, workshops and discussions on writing-related subjects; open mics, talent shows, social gatherings, icebreakers, and other events designed to allow students to connect with other young writers. The online version of the Summer Residential Program will require 3-4 hours of mandatory engagement per day, including writing assignments, reading assigned materials, critiquing classmates’ writing, and participating in online discussions. There may be some live class sessions during the online session if all students in the class are able to participate. Admissions decisions are based almost entirely on the writing sample.

The 6-week Online Courses (online only), taught by Iowa Writers' Workshop graduates, are primarily asynchronous, though there may be occasional live (Zoom) sessions if all students are able to attend. The courses will require 3-4 hours of mandatory engagement per week, including writing assignments, reading assigned materials, critiquing classmates’ writing, and participating in online discussions. There will not be live class sessions. These courses include some extracurricular programming that will be specifically designed to allow students to connect with other young writers. Admissions decisions are based on the student’s level of enthusiasm for writing and commitment to engage in the course.