There is a discussion on a writing center listserv about not reading the writer's paper in the session but using Socratic method to work through the paper.
In Wendy Bishops book, "Acts of Revision," she suggests a similar idea to revising that she calls "memory drafts" (13-27).
In some sessions, I have found it useful to ignore the actual paper the writer brought in and discuss global ideas sans the confines of an actual paper.
All that being said, I wonder if any of you have experienced/tried this?
While I admit I was once intrigued by the prostitute-consultant analogy, not by what Scott Russell had to say about it but by some of the id...